National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
The most exciting Cleveland-style bass player of his time, Adolph "Church" Srnick
set the standard for his string bass counterparts in Cleveland-style orchestras.
Playing guitar and forming his own trio in high school, Church graduated to the bass
fiddle and played with his brother in the Pete Srnick Orchestra until 1943. After
World War II, Church joined the Frank Yankovic Orchestra and, later, the Johnny Pecon
Orchestra during the Cleveland-style polka's greatest era. After a short absence
pursuing business and other musical interests, Church returned to the Cleveland-style
scene, playing with Kenny Bass, the Sokach-Habat Tunemixers, Hank Haller, Bob Timko,
Al Markic, Eddie Habat, Jerry Bukac and Li'l Wally. He recorded on most of the nation's
major labels and appeared both nationally and locally on radio and television.