National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Steve Meisner leds one of the most high-profile Cleveland-Style polka bands in the
Midwest. Following in the footsteps of his father, bandleader Verne Meisner. Steve
has earned a living playing polka music since the age of 16. He also joins his father
as a Lifetime Achievement honoree in the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
The Wisconsin accordionist, composer and arranger first picked up a squeezebox at
age five. After mastering the accordion, he took on the trumpet, tuba, bass guitar
and the button box. During his 36-year music career, Steve has performed with top
accordionists, including Myron Floren and Polka Hall of Famers Frank Yankovic, Joey
Miskulin and Verne Meisner. He has released 16 albums, six singles and seven videos.
One of the most memorable perfomances for Steve and his Band was representing the
State of Wisconsin at the 1998 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival on the Mall in Wachington,
D.C., for two weeks, and again in 2010 at the Amerivan Folklife Center. He also appeared
in an ABC-TV Indepence Day broadcast, "In Search Of America." Among his 200 playing
dates each year, Steve performs at casinos in Las Vegas and the Lawrence Welk Theater
in Branson, Missouri. Other appereances include the Wisconsin State Fair, the Minnesota
State Fair, and casinos in the Midwest. Steve and the Band lave performed in two
feature films, "Chump Change" and "Red Betsy," and a movie short, "Pickup Polka."
His original tunes include "I Love You," "Jeffrey's Polka, " and "Meisner Magic."
The Maryland Accordion Club honored Steve with a career achievement award. He was
also inducted into the Ironworld Polka Hall of Fame of Minnesota. Steve is married
to Barbara and has three children. He considers himself fortunate to be making a
living doing what he likes best: playing music and making people happy.