National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

605 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123




Phone: 216-261-3263

Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA

Fax: 216-261-4134


Frank Svet has been playing accordion since age 7. Born of a Slovenian father and Croatian mother, Frank began performing Slovenian and Croatian music in public at age 12 in Upstate New York. His first steady musical performances began at age 15, at the Cornfield Hall, a Slovenian Club near Cooperstown, NY. From this beginning he expanded his entertainment venues throughout Upstate New York, playing every weekend at Lake Resorts in the Adirondack Region, and a variety of taverns, and Country Clubs throughout the region.


Enamored by the Cleveland-Style Polka sound, Frank studied and emulated the styles of performers such as Frank Yankovic, Johnny Pecon, Lou Trebar, Ray Champa, Eddie Habat, Walter Ostanek and others. Moving several times with his day job across country, Frank had the opportunity to meet and play with a number of Cleveland-Style performers in Chicago, St. Louis, Pennsylvania, Florida and Washingon state.


In 2011, Frank with help from Walter Ostanek, released his first CD, followed by 2 more CD releases, both of which were nominated for album of the year by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. Frank is a Lifetime Member of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and a High Note Society Patron. Frank performs and promotes Cleveland-Style Polkas and Waltzes regularly throughout Ohio, Florida and Upstate New York.



Inducted in 2019

National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame


Trustees Honor Roll Recipient




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