National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Dave Wolnik’s steady beat as a drummer was so much in demand that he performed with
at least 85 different Cleveland-Style Polka orchestras throughout his lifetime. His
ready smile and cheerful disposition, gave personality to his every appearance.
In a career spanning 50 years, Dave played and recorded with bands led by Polka Hall
of Fame legends like Bobby Timko, Joe Fedorchak, Al Markic, Lou Trebar, Joey Miskulin
and a 36-year association with America´s Polka King Frankie Yankovic. His solid rhythm
base can be heard on countless polka recordings, including those releases by Eric
Noltkamper, The Miss-Tre Orchestra and many others.
Dave earned an invitation from Frankie Yankovic to perform on his album, 70 Years
of Hits, which won the first Grammy Award in the Polka catagory. He also shared the
spotlight with Yankovic on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Dave a native of
Cleveland, was added to the Polka Hall of Fame Trustee Honor Roll in 2009. He won
the Sideman of the Year award in 2001.