of a band does our party
size of your party and the limit
entertainment budget are usually the two main factors that will
determine how large our band should be. Our default band size for
most private parties (anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, etc.) is
three pieces, however, smaller parties often hire us at two pieces
while larger parties may hire us at four pieces. If you're not sure how
large of a band your party needs,
I'll offer some suggestions and provide you with several price options.
in your band?
first two pieces in our band are always accordion and drums. My
accordion has digital electronics installed and provides the sound for
the bass and other instruments such as piano, vibes, strings, horns,
there we will add either guitar/banjo or a second
(fill) accordion. In some cases we may add a sax/flute player or a bass
guitarist. The instrumentation we add to our band will depend on the
nature of the event and musician availabilty.
● Is your
band Polish or German?
Neither. A very common
misconception about polka music is that it's either Polish or German,
but it actually has its roots in
1800's Bohemia. Over the years, various styles of polka music
developed and flourished in the United States, which include Polish and
German among others. Our
style of polka music is the
Slovenian style, also known as the Cleveland style, which is the most
popular style of polka music from Southern Wisconsin and across the
Penn-Ohio "polka belt".
● Do you
this is not a service I provide. The difference in the entertainment
delivered by an amplified band versus a solo, acoustic
significant. It is impossible to fill the entertainment
a traditional band without
the accompanying bass, rhythm, and amplification that only a band
configuration can provide. If the cost of
two-piece band is more than what you wish to spend for your party's
entertainment, I will be glad to recommend musicians who can
provide less expensive entertainment options.
● For how
many hours should we hire you?
music for most private parties
typically runs from about 90 minutes up to four hours, with the
majority being two or three hours. We will
for as long or short of a
performance as you need and adjust our rate quotes accordingly, whether
you need us to play for three
minutes, three hours, or three days.
● How far
should we hire you?
most bands, we book
on a "first come—first
serve" basis. Last-minute inquiries are
welcome, but booking as far in advance as possible is always
● How do
your prices compare?
one of the Midwest's top
Cleveland-style polka/variety bands, we pride ourselves in providing
quality music at prices that are very competitive for a band of
our caliber. Our prices are gauranteed to be fair,
● Do you
play any contemporary, mainstream music?
that's simply not the kind of
band we are. When our guitarist is in the band, we can touch
on rock 'n' roll from the 50's and
60's, but that
is admittedly not our specialty. The bulk of our variety music is
comprised of standards, light pop, classic country, and
ballroom favorites from the 1930's through the 1970's — songs that your
parents and grandparents remember fondly. This is what has made
us a popular band not just for polka dances and festivals,
but for events like 50th anniversaries and senior citizens' birthday
parties. If you
would like more up-to-date music played at your party, we'll be glad to
patch your MP3 player or smartphone into our sound
system to play
during our breaks.
long does it take you to set up?
It usually takes us anywhere from 15
to 75 minutes to set up depending on the size of our sound system.
● Do you
trailer – will travel!
As both a
I've enjoyed playing all over the country from as far east as
Pennsylvania and Florida to as far west as Arizona and Colorado. The
Tom Brusky Band is available to perform anywhere within the
contiguous 48 states.
don't you advertise
my band members and I are grateful
to be recipients of
multiple music awards, awards for which large memberships vote
(Grammys, WAMIs, halls of fame, etc.) tend to recognize popularity
over talent [see
my News section's "Nominations" article]. Any polka band,
their level of talent, can win music awards if they make
it their mission to win them, but that's not our
goal. We support award organizations, but we don't ask for
votes, nor do we even bother to vote for
ourselves. We prefer that you hire us
based on the quality of our music — not the quantity of bullets on
● Are you
is a known problem with many bands, but not with us. At private
job is to provide music for dancing and listening enjoyment – not to
strain. We can literally play polka music as quietly as a small jazz
is what we are often called upon to do for cocktail
receptions and dinners. We
several sets of amplifiers and speakers from which to choose, and will
bring a sound system that is volume-approriate for the event and
venue. For small parties, we have a
custom-built, ultra-compact PA
outdoor concerts, we have one of the best-sounding, bi-amplified,
multi-thousand-watt, full-range PA
systems of any polka band around. For everything else in between, we'll
perfect sound system. When you hire
us for your event, YOU have the
final say over our volume, not us. If our volume seems too high
please let us know and we will gladly adjust it.
● Do you
some private parties, especially
those on Saturday nights and on weekends during peak festival seasons,
may require a deposit. A
deposit is a portion of the band's fee paid in advance, which is a
standard practice in the entertainment industry. If you cancel your
party at the last minute, the band will not only lose the
income from your party, but any one of the other parties they turned
down for that same night since you hired them. The purpose
of a deposit is to
that your last-minute cancellation does not leave the band you hired
without income. We may request a deposit for
some private parties. Your deposit will be
partially refundable, or non-refundable depending on how late you make
there any official videos of
yet. I do plan on taking and
posting some band videos on YouTube in the near
future, but there are no official band videos available as of yet.
(There is an old
video of me on YouTube playing Rosamunde,
from a 1990's jam session with various musicians in Florida and in no way
exemplifies the sound of my band.)
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