National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Accordionist and bandleader, Bob Turcola, better know as “Turk,” has been on the
polka scene in the Youngstown areafor almost six decades. He started playing piano
accordion at age five, and studied with Hank Racich. Bob joined the Al Hreno Band
in 1960. Since 1964, Bob has led the Bob Turcola orchestra. Bob has six Cleveland
style albums to his credit and one Slovak album. Bob feels his greatest achievement
as a musician is the sponsorship of an annual dance to benefit Tod’s Children’s Hospital
in Youngstown. Over the past 30 years, he has donated over $100,000 to the Hospital.
Bob enjoys polka jam sessions during the summer at his trailer at the SNPJ Campsite
in Enon Valley, Pennsylvania.