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Artist of the Month ♫ Dave Wretschko ♫
Trustees Honor Roll Recipient
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1991
1954 - 1990
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Dave Wretschko Orchestra
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David H. Wretschko, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio began to study the accordion
at the age of nine. Dave’s first orchestra appeared on the Cleveland musical scene
during his very early teens. Dave Wretschko had successfully led his popular Cleveland-Style
orchestra for 24 consecutive years. Starting in 1966 as the Rivieras and participating
in the first Polka Band of Tomorrow contest in 1968, the Wretschko Orchestra carne
into its own in the 1970s, becoming one of the mainstays of the Slovenian sound in
the Greater Cleveland area. Dave’s Orchestra became rapidly gaining popularity throughout
the greater Cleveland and Tri-State areas. Dave has performed at many popular Cleveland
places during the years.
Dave Wretschko recorded his first album Cleveland-Style Polkas And Waltzes in 1977.
Just before his untimely passing in 1990, Dave recorded his last recording Our Town.
The album was conceived by Dave from his great love for the city of Cleveland. The
album "Our Town" was released posthumously in 1991.