National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Mary Champa led an all-female Cleveland-style orchestra for nearly twenty-five years,
at a time when women were not considered to play in polka bands. She was self-taught
and learned to play the accordion by listening to tunes on the radio. She did play
in jam-sessions at street festivals. She left the Mary Bass Polka Queens to form
the Mary Champa Trio. The Trio played for local events and the polka nightspots.
Mary was a union musician for 36 years. Her catchy rendition of "Annabelle," inspired
Al Tercek to record his hit recording of the song in 1950.