National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

605 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123

USA

 

E-mail: Polkashop@aol.com

Phone: 216-261-3263

Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA

Fax: 216-261-4134

 

"Queen of the Button Box Kathy Hlad the girl with the million-dollar smile, began her cultural and music career at age eight with the SNPJ Youth Circle 2 Slovenian Junior Chorus. She began playing the button accordion with teacher Frank Novak at age 13.  She fashioned her style of playing after Lojze Slak and influences of Johnny Pecon and Lou Trebar.  Kathy’s first button box was purchased from Lojze Slak on tour in the United States. In 1976, accordion maker Valentine Zupan, handcrafted a gold-trimmed button box just for her. Kathy was voted the Button Player of the Year by members of the Polka Hall of Fame in 2003. She was named Miss SNPJ in 1978 and Slovenian Woman of the Year in Cleveland in 2006.  She was music director of the Captain’s Crew, which won the Button Box Group of the Year from 2003 through 2007.  Kathy has played with numerous bands and with Ron Likovic.  She has recorded on eight CDs, including two of her own.  She also teaches button box.

 

Inducted in 2009

National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame

 

Trustees Honor Roll Recipient

 

KATHY HLAD

 

1959

 

 

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