National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
For 52 years, Frank Mahnic, Sr., played an important part in the success of a Cleveland-style
institution, the nationally-known Vadnal Orchestra. As the saxophonist and one of
the Vadnal vocalists, Frank played an active role in the band's tremendous popularity.
He performed on radio, tele-vision and recordings, and toured with the Vadnals across
the United States, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. Devoted to his Slovenian community
in Cleveland from childhood, Frank's musical career began with the Slavcki Children's
Chorus. He joined Zarja Singing Society as a teenager and, at age 16, was the youngest
elected officer of Lodge 129 of the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ). He eventually
became President of the Federation of Slovenian National Homes and was honored by
the group as Man of the Year in 1980.