National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Accordionist and bandleader,Tony Fortuna did not have to look very far for inspiration
to be a polka musician. His mother Valerie was the only sister of the legendary
Vadnal brothers Johnny, Frankie, Tony, and Richie. But it was Tony’s father Tony
who brought home two button accordions from a visit to Slovenia in the 1970s. Tony,
his father, and brother learned to play the accordions and the bass. The three men
joined the Holmes Hall Buttonaires in Cleveland. In 1984, Tony joined Al Markic’s
band. After a four-year stint, Tony put together his own orchestra, and performed
until 2004. Tony is a founder of the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame.
His major contributions were designing the former Museum and the interior design
of the Museum at its present location. Tony also designed the stage sets for the
initial Awards Shows.