2021

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

2020

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

2019

NamePositionInstruments
Mike BreckaBandleader/SidemanTrumpet
Frank RemarBandleaderAccordion
Gil Krajnik*BandleaderSax and Clarinet
Frank Kostka Jr.*SidemanTrumpet
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text Denotes link to bio page

2018

NamePositionInstruments
Charles PetrmichlBandleaderButton Accordion
Steve SteagerBandleaderBass Horn/Bass Guitar
Big Joe Siedlik*Polka Music Promoter
Johnny Halama*SidemanBass Horn
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text Denotes link to bio page

2017

NamePositionInstruments
Lou HospodkaBandleaderButton Accordion
Kevin D. KoopmanBandleaderBass, Trumpet, Trombone
Helen Janak*BandleaderVocals
Charles Kral Sr.*SidemanTrombone, Baritone, Bass
Joe Yindrick*SidemanBass, Trumpet, Vocals
Everett Van Cleve*Service Award, Sokol Omaha
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text Denotes link to bio page

2016

NamePositionInstruments
Kenny Grebenick*SidemanTrumpet
Bud Comte*Bandleader, Recording EngineerTrumpet
Daniel L. Pasonault*SidemanTrumpet, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Trombone
Gene Benes (Bobby Layne)Bandleader
Ballroom Owner
Alto Sax, Clarinet
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text Denotes link to bio page

2015

NamePositionInstruments
Leonard Kassik*Bandleader
Milligan Brass Band
Brass
Frank Menousek*SidemanSax, Clarinet
Steve SobotaSidemanBass
Jeff JandaSidemanBass
Louis SevekService Award, Sokol Omaha
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text denotes link to bio page

2014

NamePositionInstruments
Ed Chalupa*SidemanTrumpet, Trombone
George Michka*SidemanTrumpet
Warren “Fritz” Srb*SidemanTrumpet
Ron & Darlene KlimentHall Managers
Starlite Ballroom, Wahoo, NE
Tom HazukaSidemanDrums
Ray Lastovicka*Sokol Omaha Service Award
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text denotes link to bio page

2013

NamePositionInstruments
Joseph J. Cerveny*Polka Music Producer & Promoter
Lonnie L. PiitzBandleaderClarinet, Saxophone, Accordion, Piano
Barry C. BoyceBandleaderPiano Accordion, Button Accordion
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text denotes link to bio page

2012

NamePositionInstruments
Robert “Bob” Luksa Jr.*SidemanTrombone, Clarinet,
Saxophone, Drums
Rich Foral*SidemanDrums
Eddie Hanna*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
Marla Hansen JanakSidemanTrumpet, Music Arranger
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Teal Text denotes link to bio page

2011

NamePositionInstruments
Mike HelgesenSidemanTrumpet,
Trombone, Saxophone
Frank SiedlikSidemanTrumpet,
Trombone, Saxophone
Gary Masek*Sokol Omaha Service Award
Ron NadhernySokol Omaha Service AwardTrumpet, Music Arranger
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2010

NamePositionInstruments
Don Korinek*SidemanClarinet, Saxophone
Jim KostkaSidemanTrumpet, Trombone
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2009

NamePositionInstruments
Jerry Hospodka*SidemanDrums, Trumpet
Dennis PavlikChairman,
Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame
Leo V. Piitz*SidemanDrums
Helmut PutlerSidemanClarinet, Saxophone
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2008

NamePositionInstruments
Ken Janak Jr.Bandleader, Nebraska Czech Brass BandClarinet, Saxophone
Dick Janak Jr.SidemanDrums, Vocals
Bob ZagozdaBandleaderClarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2007

NamePositionInstruments
Greg Trojan*SidemanPiano Accordion,
Button Accordion
Joseph D. Slezak*Polka Music Promoter
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2006

NamePositionInstruments
Bob StepanekSidemanBass Horn
Bill AndelSidemanClarinet, Saxophone, Vocals
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2005

NamePositionInstruments
Allen MoravecSidemanBass Horn
Edward J. “Sonny”
Svoboda
BandleaderPiano Accordion, Music Arranger
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2004

NamePositionInstruments
Mark VyhlidalBandleader, Radio DJ,
KJSK Radio
Accordion, Trumpet
Jerry Chalupa*SidemanTrumpet, Bass Horn, Vocals
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2003

NamePositionInstruments
Duane Stehlik*SidemanAccordion, Bass Horn
Gary Berka*SidemanTrumpet, Vocals
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2002

NamePositionInstruments
Frank Sobota*SidemanBass Horn, Saxophone, Vocals
Glenn KocaSidemanTrumpet, Music Arranger
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2001

NamePositionInstruments
Joe Cada*SidemanBass Horn
Elmer NemecSidemanBass Horn, Vocals
Charles Jirkovsky*SidemanTrumpet
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

2000

NamePositionInstruments
Leonard Piitz*SidemanClarinet, Saxophone
Don HoracekSidemanBass Horn
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1999

NamePositionInstruments
Kenny ShudaBandleaderButton Accordion
Gawaine DvorakSidemanAccordion, Concertina
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1998

NamePositionInstruments
Norman Sodomka Jr.SidemanTrumpet, Trombone
Clifford Koutnik*SidemanPiano, Clarinet,
Music Arranger
Bob Palensky*Bandleader,
American Czech Brass Band
Trumpet, Accordion
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1997

NamePositionInstruments
Norman Sodomka Sr.*SidemanTrumpet
Dean FornoffSidemanDrums
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1996

NamePositionInstruments
Leonard Becwar*BandleaderButton Accordion
Leonard Vidlak*SidemanTrumpet, Vocals
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1995

NamePositionInstruments
Paul MenousekSidemanClarinet, Saxophone, Vocals
Vernon Belik*Bandleader Button Accordion
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1994

NamePositionInstruments
Jim BochnicekBandleaderDrums
Ed Vanek*SidemanBass Horn
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1993

NamePositionInstruments
Eddie Washinowski*BandleaderAccordion
Anton Pokorny*SidemanTrumpet
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1992

NamePositionInstruments
Ernie Hovorka*SidemanBass Horn
Rudy Dvorak*Bandleader,
Omaha Czech Brass Band,
Radio DJ, KOTD Radio
Bass Horn
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1991

NamePositionInstruments
Frank Hazuka*BandleaderAccordion
Bob BlechaBandleaderButton Accordion
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1990

NamePositionInstruments
Alfred Cochnar*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
Teresa Cochnar*BandleaderTrumpet
Jim Holubar*SidemanTrumpet
Frank Jakes*Sokol Omaha Service Award
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1989

NamePositionInstruments
Allen ValishBandleaderTrombone
Dean HansenBandleaderAccordion
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1988

NamePositionInstruments
Bok Krivohlavek*SidemanTrumpet, Drums
Frank Kucera*BandleaderButton Accordion
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1987

NamePositionInstruments
Joe Prochaska*SidemanBass Horn
Math Sladky*BandleaderDrums
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1986

NamePositionInstruments
Jerry Jaros*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
Irvin Cidlik*SidemanClarinet, Saxophone
Herman Liska*SidemanTrumpet, Saxophone
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1985

NamePositionInstruments
Adolph Nemetz*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
Charles Dvorak*Bandleader,
Omaha Czech Brass Band
Trumpet, Clarinet, Saxophone
Jim Velehradsky*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1984

NamePositionInstruments
George Hovorka*BandleaderTrombone
Vern Luddington*BandleaderBass Horn
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1983

NamePositionInstruments
Frank Kostka*BandleaderAccordion
Emil Korbelik*SidemanTrombone
Sen. Roman Hruska*Sokol Omaha Service Award
(56 Years)
Joseph J. Susterka*Sokol Omaha Service Award
(41 Years)
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1982

NamePositionInstruments
Al Grebinick*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
Stan Kucera*SidemanClarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet
Vic Kaspar*Service Award,
Ballroom Manager Sokol Omaha
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1981

NamePositionInstruments
Johnny Matuska*BandleaderAccordion
Ron NadhernyBandleaderTrumpet
Jerry Koci*BandleaderButton Accordion
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1980

NamePositionInstruments
Don Hamsa*BandleaderTrombone
Frank Mokry*SidemanClarinet, Saxophone
Emil Olsufka*BandleaderClarinet
Rose Sinkule*Service Award, Sokol Omaha
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1979

NamePositionInstruments
Joe Sinkule Jr.*SidemanDrums
Milo Palensky*SidemanDrums
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1978

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

1977

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

1976

NamePositionInstruments
Eddie Janak*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
Ernie Kucera*BandleaderDrums
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1975

NO INDUCTEES THIS YEAR

1974

NamePositionInstruments
Ray Dusatko*Sideman – TeacherBass 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.*BandleaderAccordion, Drums
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1973

NamePositionInstruments
Rev. Ed Chapuran*Band Conductor
Johnny Swoboda*Sideman – TeacherAccordion
Del Hamann*Sideman, Radio DJ,
KOTD Radio
Accordion
Joe Lukesh*BandleaderButton Accordion
Dave Huskey*BandleaderTrumpet
John Wyszkowski*Sideman
Henry Koenig*Ballroom Manager, Avoca, IA
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page

1972

NamePositionInstruments
Jim Hovorka*BandleaderButton Accordion
Joe Sinkule Sr.*Bandleader
Charlie Kucera*BandleaderDrums
John Kovarik*BandleaderTrumpet
Jim Tourek*BandleaderClarinet, Saxophone
Milt Jaworski*BandleaderAccordion
Joe Ruzicka*Service Award, Sokol Auditorium
Vaclav Dvorak*SidemanBass Horn
Mike Kucera*SidemanBass Horn
Pete Janak*SidemanClarinet, Saxophone
Bennie Petru*SidemanTrumpet
Frank Vomocil*Bandleader
Dick McCannRadio DJ, KBON Radio
Harry Snyder*Radio DJ, KHUB Radio
* – Denotes Deceased
Names with Blue Text denotes link to bio page