National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Bass player Mirk Yama's love for music goes clear back to Slovenia where he was born
in 1923. As a smal boy, he would listen in the ae to the traditional button box musicwhich
was so much a part of their culture. Mirk immigrated to the U.S. In 1938. Mirk
found an oportunity in the U.S. To study music at the Wurlitzer Music Studio. Later,
hs talents landed him a job wit Tony Malavasic's Blue Jackets Polka Band. With the
advent of World War II the Malavasic group splitup and mike entered the air force.
On his return from the service, he played with various groups such as: Johnny Vadnal,
Frankie Mullec, Al Strukel, Georgie Cook and Mickey Ryance. In 1952 he joined the
Johnny Pecon Band with his bass fiddle. Mirk Yama was the bass player in the Johnny
Pecon Orchestra for more than 20 years. He played with Jeff and John, Jr. for 10
years. He was married to wife Emma and father of children; Kathy, Diane and Paul.