National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Gus Oswald is one of the most prolific drummers on the Cleveland-style polka scene,
having set the rhythm on 900 songs and nearly 90 albums, mostly with with Hank Haller.
Within a year after arriving in Cleveland from his native Gottschee (Kocevje) in
Slovenia, Gus joined the Jake Haller ensemble. Hank took over the Haller band in
1957 and began his 44-year association with Gus. He appeared with the Hank Haller
Orchestra at 80 to 100 dances and festivals each year, plus television appearances.
Gus’ musical talent and work ethic enabled him to accompany many styles of music
from German, Slovenian, Czech, Slovak and Polish to Latin and pop. Gus officially
retired in 2001, but still performs at special events.