April 21st is now officially “Wisconsin Polka Day.”

April 21st is now officially “Wisconsin Polka Day.”

Wisconsin now has an offical day to celebrate the polka!  April 21st is now “Wisconsin Polka Day.”  The Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, declared that on April 21, 2024, as Wisconsin celebrated 30 years of having the polka be the official state dance.

Maroszek Bros Celebrating 50 Years + at Scolly’s in Pulaski on April 6th, 2024

Maroszek Bros Celebrating 50 Years + at Scolly’s in Pulaski on April 6th, 2024

Maroszek Bros Celebrating 50 Years Plus at Scolly’s in Pulaski on April 6th • Starting @ 6pm • Free Admission

In 1971, at the young age of 13, Gene began taking concertina lessons, in the basement of Art Wielgus’s home in Pulaski, Wisconsin. In December 1972, he booked his first job with his brother Michael (who played the drums), for a New Year’s Eve dance at the South Chase Tavern.

That is when the “Maroszek Bros.” were born… and as they say the rest is history! As time went on, Gene’s brothers Frank, Alan, Scott, and Beaver (John) all joined the band. The band has played in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and throughout their home state of Wisconsin. Their music, the Maroszek Bros they have brought polka music to weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, Oktoberfest’s, Polish Festivals and of course our hometown Pulaski Polka Days. Furthermore, the band has played for church picnics, at a Green Bay Bullfrogs Baseball game, parking lots, fairgrounds, parades, in banquet halls, and even in a funeral procession ot the gravesite of our mother.

In the 70’s, The Maroszek Bros recorded regularly at Danceland Ballroom, The Stop Inn Ballroom and at WBAY – TV 2, on a show called “Polka Variety”. And most recently performed nationally on Fox Sports for a Green Bay Packers football game.

In July 2022 Gene was inducted in to the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame.
In May of 2019, the Maroszek Bros were awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation ni recognition of their efforts for promoting and performing Polka Music for over 45 years. The Maroszek Bros are the only band to have played at every Pulaski Polka Days. Because of this, they were granted the “Pulaski Polka Days Appreciation Award” in 2014.  As a result, Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, declared, Sunday, July 20, 2014 “Maroszek Bros. Day” in recognition of their service for promoting Pulaski Polka Days and encouraging the next generation and the community to love their polish heritage and polka music. The Maroszek Bros. have released five recordings through the years. Their latest recording, “A Maroszek Bros. Christmas’ was released on December 8, 2020.

Furthermore, in 2017, the Pulaski Historical Society featured the Maroszek Bros. and the entire Maroszek Family for three months by displaying newspaper articles, photos, recordings, and awards that demonstrated the family’s dedication to polka music, their polish heritage and the community.

Finally, playing polka Masses brings us great joy. Playing at churches every summer is a way ot praise and give thanks ot God for the gifts we have al been given. By playing polka masses we hope that people who may not think they like polka music will see it as happy, toe-tapping, and prayerful music. We would like ot thank Kimberly Uelmen for providing the lead vocals at our polka masses.

Currently the band consists – Gene, Frank, Scott, Al, Bruce Brzeczkowski and John Wudtke.

However, without a doubt our proudest accomplishment is the numerous family bands that have been established:

  • The New Generation – Gene’s sons Joe and Jeff
    Also Joe and Jeff’s sons – Jack and Luke are extremely interested in playing polka music and have made appearances with the Maroszek Bros and The New Generation. Also Jeff’s daughter Ella has been singing and Levi playing drums and singing with both bands. Joe’s daughter Anna has also sang with both bands recently.
  • The Natural Talent (TNT) – Al’s sons – Taylor and Alex Scott’s sons – Karter and Sam & Nephews – Adam and Mitch
  • Live Wire – Frank’s son –  Pat
  • The Mix – Scott’s son Miles &  Niece’s son Zak
  • Polish Sweethearts – an all-female band made up of our sister and nieces that played in the 80’s
  • Polka Horizons – a band made with our brother Ken and brother-in-law Duane Mijal
  • Janet – Gene’s wife also plays the concertina and daughter Katie plays the keyboard

Other bands include:

  • Olivia Maro Music – Al’s daughter sings and plays guitar at local clubs
  • Ck Siblings – Scott’s family – Miles, CeCee, Karter and Sam playing variety music

We hope you wil enjoy our celebration on April 6, 2024

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Concertina Jam Session During Pulaski Polka Days 2024

Concertina Jam Session During Pulaski Polka Days 2024

Contact Joe Fojtik – 262-639-0439

Join the World Concertina Congress for a Concertina Jam Session during Pulaski Polka Days!

All Concertina Players and Other Musicians Invited

Building on the success of the World Concertina Congress’s (WCC) previous years’ events at Pulaski Polka Days, the WCC is extending an invitation for all to join them for a fun-filled concertina jam session.

This is certain to be a great time for musicians, dancers, and music lovers alike. 

The event will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 12:00p to 2:00p at the Knights of Columbus (KC) Building located on the northeast end of the Polka Days’ grounds.

Bring your Key of C chemnitzer concertina and be ready to play tunes like the following three songs (more tunes to be announced as the event gets closer):

North, South, East, West Polka
Sheet Music:   https://www.concertinamusic.com/music/pulaski/northsoutheastwestpolka.gif

There’s Pretty Girls in Chicago Waltz
Sheet Music:  https://www.concertinamusic.com/music/pulaski/prettygirlsinchicagowaltz.gif

Seven Days Without You Polka
Sheet Music:  https://www.concertinamusic.com/music/pulaski/sevendayswithoutyoupolka.gif

For more information about the WCC, please visit their website: https://concertinamusic.com/wcc/

Join us for the 44th Annual Pulaski Polka Days • July 20-23, 2023

Join us for the 44th Annual Pulaski Polka Days • July 20-23, 2023

2023 Band Schedules

Pulaski Polka Days

44th Annual • July 20, 21, 22, & 23, 2023

Pick A Day:

Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

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Polka is the Official State Dance of Wisconsin.


Admission Tickets are available at the gates.  No advanced admission tickets available.

Pulaski Polka Days is an annual polka festival that lasts four days in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Pulaski Polka Days brings thousands of visitors each year from all over the world to hear some of the best polka music in the world.

Souvenir Stand will be available to get your Pulaski Polka Day’s T-shirts, hats, can koozies, and kids toys.