National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Fred Ziwich is known as just about the most versatile rnusician ever on the Cleveland
polka scene. He is a
virtuoso on several instruments, a prolific recording artist, and an expert music
arranger. His band, the "lnternational Sound Machine" has mastered, performed and
recorded all of the major polka styles. Fred also plays a large reperoire of popular
music. There is no music he can't play and perform well.
As a yougster, it was obvious Fred was destined to become a musician. He started
accordion lessons at age
five, and was able to read music bbefore reading English. He also learned to play
the clarinet and saxophone. Fred taught himself to play the button accordion while
in high school.
As a teenager, he formed the Fred Ziwich Trio. He joined the Hank Haller ensemble
in 1973 and played for four years. After earning a music degree from lndiana University,
Fred formed the "International Sound Machine," featuring the rnusic of all nationalities.
ln 1983. Fred made music his career and went on to record and perform with many Polka
Bands of all styles. Fred released his first album in 1979 and has since been a leader,
or studio musician on over 90 recordings, including albums by Hall of Famers Walter
Ostanek, Joe Fedorchak and Hank Haller. World Renowned Sounds released twenty recordings
with Fred playing all Off the instruments as the "lnternational Sound Machine".
Gary and Christopher Byndas have performed with Fred for more than 20 years.
Fred plays regularly at Slovenian Country House and the German Central Farm in Parma,
Ohio. Since 1993, Fred has been the musical director of the German Music Society
Brass Band (Deutscher Musik Verein.) He also directed the Jadran Slovcnian Chorus
for 6 years.
Members of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum have honored
Fred as "Musician of
the Year' and "Button Box Player of the Year," as well as awards for "Best New Song"
and "Recording of the Year."
In 2007, Fred married his biggest fan, Marilyn. He teaches the piano accordion. button
box, clariret, sax, flute and trumpet. Fred hotst two polka shows on the internet