National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Best known as the drummer in the Johnny Pecon-Lou Trebar Orchestra, Jimmy Medves
also wrote and taught Cleveland-Style music. Starting as a big band drummer, Jimmy
joined Pecon in 1939 before stints with Chuck Smith, Frankie Mullec, and Pete Sokach.
With Pecon-Trebar for all but six years after 1952, Jimmy appeared on their recordings
for Capitol, Dana, and Delta International; the "Perme Polka Time," "Trimor Funiture,"
"Old Dutch Polka Revue," "TV Auction Party," and "Polka Varietties" television shows;
tours to Hawaii and Europe; and Arthur Godfrey's"Talent Scouts" on CBS in 1956. Jimmy
wrote the "Cleveland Polka" and "Hillcrest Polka" among others, and charted all of
the Pecon's recordings. Adding to his legacy, Jimmy taught Cleveland-Style drummers
Joe Pianecki, Mark Habat, Wayne Habat, Johnny Pecon, Jr., and Jerry Milavec.