National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
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.