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


Mention polka music in Northern California, and tthe response is "Gary Seibert."A tansplanted Clevelander, Gary taught and directed more than 50 button accordion players of the Nothern California Button Box Club, in the Sacramento area. He led his own Gary Seibert Polka Power band for 30-vears.


Gary was born and raised in a Polish neighborhood of Cleveland. He is of Slovak and Geman descent, but he loved Slovenian-Style music. At age 8. Gary started accordion lessons with Bill Sneller. By the time he was age 12, he had his own two-piece band, transporting his accordion and drum set on a wagon to a neighborhood tavern.


Upon graduation from high school, Gary enlisted in the Navy. He married his childhood sweetheart, Phyllis. in 1957. Gary taught his children, Gina, Mark and Donna, to play  musical instruments. He resumed playing the accordion after moving to Califomia

permanenty, in 1961, following his military career.  As a firefighter in the Carmichael Fire Department, Gary recruited fellow firemen to play in his first band.


In 1974, Gary organized the Sacramento Polka Boosters Club to promote and bring attention to Cleveland-Style polka music on the West Coast. He played at numerous festivals across the country and with many of the polka greats. Gary recorded eight albums featuring original songs he wrote, such as "Swing Street  Polka," "Sugarbabies,'' and "The Velvet Waltz."


Gary was working on a new album when he passed away in January 2005. His family completed the recording project, and released the album titled. "This Side of lHeaven".


Inducted in 2005  

National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient




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