Fred Ziwich and His International Sound Machine (Cleveland, Ohio)
Fred Ziwich is known as just about the most versatile musician ever on the Cleveland polka scene. He is a virtuoso on several instruments, a prolific recording artist, and an expert music arranger. His band, the “International Sound Machine” has mastered, performed and recorded all of the major polka styles.
Their recording of “Let’s Get Festive”, won the award for “Best German Recording of 2013” from the Polka American Corporation and the best “Polka/Variety Recording” as voted on by the listeners of 247PolkaHeaven.com, the World’s Polka Network.
Some of their other awards include being a finalist for the Grammy Award in the Polka category for 2007. Plus, Fred was the German-American Citizen of the Year for 2007, and elected as a lifetime achievement winner for the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2017, Fred was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame!
John Ordosch and the PROSIT-teers (Parma Heights, Ohio)
The PROSIT-teers! are a German/American dance band in Northeast/Northwest Ohio. They provide excellent and different, highly danceable and memorable music.
They have all had extensive experience playing or leading bands in the past throughout Ohio and the surrounding states! Each member is a seasoned musician with decades of experience in professional ethnic and other types of bands.