National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Rising to the highest levels of musical achievement, Stan Slejko never lost touch
with his Cleveland-Style roots. Rated the nation's sixth best bassist by "Downbeat"
magazine, Stan won a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music from Paramount. In
the Navy, Stan survived the bombing of the U.S.S. Franklin to wind up in Ray Anthony's
band in the South Pacific. Returning to a local career in 1947, Stan performed with
the Cleveland Philharmonic, Suburban Symphony, and Lakeland Community Orchestras;
jazz gigs at the Alpine Village; behind stars such as Roger Williams, John Denver,
and Carol Channing; with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company; and before four
U.S. Presidents with the Johnny Singer Orchestra, Interspersing doses of Cleveland-Style
music, Stan cut the "Blue Skirt Waltz" with Frank Yankovic; appeared and recorded
with Bob Timko, Georgie Cook, Johnny Pecon, Kenny Bass, and Eddie Platt, among others;
repaired and restored bass viols; and taught.