Inductees

* – denotes deceased
Names with red text denotes link to bio page

2017

Name Position Instruments
Lou Hospodka Bandleader Button Accordion
Kevin Koopman Bandleader Bass, Trumpet, Trombone
Helen Janak*  Bandleader Vocals
Charles Kral Sr.*  Sideman Trombone, Baritone, Bass
Joe Yindrick*  Sideman Bass, Trumpet, Vocals
Everett Van Cleve* Service Award, Sokol Omaha

2016

Name Position Instruments
Kenny Grebenick* Sideman Trumpet
Bud Comte Bandleader, Recording Engineer Trumpet
Daniel L. Pasonault* Sideman Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Trombone
Gene Benes (Bobby Layne) Bandleader, Ballroom Owner Alto Sax, Clarinet

2015

Name Position Instruments
Leonard Kassik* Bandleader, Milligan Brass Band Brass
Frank Menousek* Sideman Sax, Clarinet
Steve Sobota Sideman Bass
Jeff Janda Sideman Bass
Louis Sevek Service Award, Sokol Omaha

2014

Name Position Instruments
Ed Chalupa*  Sideman  Trumpet, Trombone
George Michka*  Sideman  Trumpet
Warren “Fritz” Srb*  Sideman  Trumpet
Ron & Darlene Kliment  Hall Managers, Starlite Ballroom, Wahoo, NE
Tom Hazuka  Sideman  Drums
Ray Lastovicka  Sokol Omaha Service Award

2013

Name Position Instruments
Joseph J. Cerveny* Polka Music Producer & Promoter
Lonnie L. Piitz Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone, Accordion, Piano
Barry C. Boyce Bandleader Piano Accordion, Button Accordion

2012

Name Position Instruments
Robert “Bob” Luksa Jr.* Sideman Trombone, Clarinet, Saxophone, Drums
Rich Foral* Sideman Drums
Eddie Hanna* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone
Marla Hansen Janak Sideman Trumpet, Music Arranger

2011

Name Position Instruments
Mike Helgesen Sideman Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone
Frank Siedlik Sideman Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone
Gary Masek Sokol Omaha Service Award
Ron Nadherny Sokol Omaha Service Award

2010

Name Position Instruments
Don Korinek* Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone
Jim Kostka Sideman Trumpet, Trombone

2009

Name Position Instruments
Jerry Hospodka* Sideman Drums, Trumpet
Dennis Pavlik Chairman, Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame
Leo V. Piitz* Sideman Drums
Helmut Putler Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone

2008

Name Position Instruments
Ken Janak Jr. Bandleader, Nebraska Czech Brass Band Clarinet, Saxophone
Dick Janak Jr. Sideman Drums, Vocals
Bob Zagozda Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet

2007

Name Position Instruments
Greg Trojan* Sideman Piano Accordion, Button Accordion
Joseph D. Slezak* Polka Music Promoter

2006

Name Position Instruments
Bob Stepanek Sideman Bass Horn
Bill Andel Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone, Vocals

2005

Name Position Instruments
Allen Moravec Sideman Bass Horn
Edward J. “Sonny” Svoboda Bandleader Piano Accordion, Music Arranger

2004

Name Position Instruments
Mark Vyhlidal Bandleader, Radio DJ, KJSK Radio Accordion, Trumpet
Jerry Chalupa* Sideman Trumpet, Bass Horn, Vocals

2003

Name Position Instruments
Duane Stehlik* Sideman Accordion, Bass Horn
Gary Berka* Sideman Trumpet, Vocals

2002

Name Position Instruments
Frank Sobota* Sideman Bass Horn, Saxophone, Vocals
Glenn Koca Sideman Trumpet, Music Arranger

2001

Name Position Instruments
Joe Cada* Sideman Bass Horn
Elmer Nemec Sideman Bass Horn, Vocals
Charles Jirkovsky* Sideman Trumpet

2000

Name Position Instruments
Leonard Piitz* Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone
Don Horacek Sideman Bass Horn

1999

Name Position Instruments
Kenny Shuda Bandleader Button Accordion
Gawaine Dvorak Sideman Accordion, Concertina

1998

Name Position Instruments
Norman Sodomka Jr. Sideman Trumpet, Trombone
Clifford Koutnik* Sideman Piano, Clarinet, Music Arranger
Bob Palensky* Bandleader, American Czech Brass Band Trumpet, Accordion

1997

Name Position Instruments
Norman Sodomka Sr.* Sideman Trumpet
Dean Fornoff Sideman Drums

1996

Name Position Instruments
Leonard Becwar* Bandleader Button Accordion
Leonard Vidlak* Sideman Trumpet, Vocals

1995

Name Position Instruments
Paul Menousek Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone, Vocals
Vernon Belik Bandleader Button Accordion

1994

Name Position Instruments
Jim Bochnicek Bandleader Drums
Ed Vanek* Sideman Bass Horn

1993

Name Position Instruments
Eddie Washinowski* Bandleader Accordion
Anton Pokorny Sideman Trumpet

1992

Name Position Instruments
Ernie Hovorka* Sideman Bass Horn
Rudy Dvorak* Bandleader, Omaha Czech Brass Band, Radio DJ, KOTD Radio Bass Horn

1991

Name Position Instruments
Frank Hazuka* Bandleader Accordion
Bob Blecha Bandleader Button Accordion

1990

Name Position Instruments
Alfred Cochnar* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone
Teresa Cochnar* Bandleader Trumpet
Jim Holubar* Sideman Trumpet
Frank Jakes* Sokol Omaha Service Award

1989

Name Position Instruments
Allen Valish Bandleader Trombone
Dean Hansen Bandleader Accordion

1988

Name Position Instruments
Bok Krivohlavek* Sideman Trumpet, Drums
Frank Kucera* Bandleader Button Accordion

1987

Name Position Instruments
Joe Prochaska* Sideman Bass Horn
Math Sladky* Bandleader Drums

1986

Name Position Instruments
Jerry Jaros* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone
Irvin Cidlik* Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone
Herman Liska* Sideman Trumpet, Saxophone

1985

Name Position Instruments
Adolph Nemetz* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone
Charles Dovrak* Bandleader, Omaha Czech Brass Band Trumpet, Clarinet, Saxophone
Jim Velehradsky* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone

1984

Name Position Instruments
George Hovorka* Bandleader Trombone
Vern Luddington* Bandleader Bass Horn

1983

Name Position Instruments
Frank Kostka* Bandleader Accordion
Emil Korbelik* Sideman Trombone
Sen. Roman Hruska* Sokol Omaha Service Award (56 Years)
Joseph J. Susterka* Sokol Omaha Service Award (41 Years)

1982

Name Position Instruments
Al Grebinick* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone
Stan Kucera* Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet
Vic Kaspar* Service Award, Ballroom Manager Sokol Omaha

1981

Name Position Instruments
Johnny Matuska* Bandleader Accordion
Ron Nadherny Bandleader Trumpet
Jerry Koci* Bandleader Button Accordion

1980

Name Position Instruments
Don Hamsa* Bandleader Trombone
Frank Mokry* Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone
Emil Olsufka* Bandleader Clarinet
Rose Sinkule* Service Award, Sokol Omaha

1979

Name Position Instruments
Joe Sinkule Jr.* Sideman Drums
Milo Palensky* Sideman Drums

1979

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

1978

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

1977

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

1976

Name Position Instruments
Eddie Janak* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone
Ernie Kucera* Bandleader Drums

1975

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

1974

Name Position Instruments
Ray Dusatko* Sideman – Teacher Bass Horn, Accordion
George Huttlemaier* Sponsor, Modern Appliance Co.
All Young* Sponsor, Modern Appliance Co.
Moostash Joe Spellerberg* Bandleader, Radio DJ, KHUB Radio Trumpet
Fanny Jelen* Service Award, Sokol Omaha
Ed Svoboda Sr.* Bandleader Accordion, Drums

1973

Name Position Instruments
Rev. Ed Chapuran* Band Conductor
Johnny Swoboda* Sideman – Teacher Accordion
Del Hamann* Sideman, Radio DJ, KOTD Radio Accordion
Joe Lukesh* Bandleader Button Accordion
Dave Huskey* Bandleader Trumpet
John Wyszkowski* Sideman
Henry Koenig* Ballroom Manager, Avoca, IA

1972

Name Position Instruments
Jim Hovorka* Bandleader Button Accordion
Joe Sinkule Sr.* Bandleader
Charlie Kucera* Bandleader Drums
John Kovarik* Bandleader Trumpet
Jim Tourek* Bandleader Clarinet, Saxophone
Milt Jaworski* Bandleader Accordion
Joe Ruzicka* Service Award, Sokol Auditorium
Vaclav Dvorak* Sideman Bass Horn
Mike Kucera* Sideman Bass Horn
Pete Janak* Sideman Clarinet, Saxophone
Bennie Petru* Sideman Trumpet
Frank Vomocil* Bandleader
Dick McCann Radio DJ, KBON Radio
Harry Snyder* Radio DJ, KHUB Radio