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Joey Tomsick

Joey Tomsick
Keyboard, Squeezebox & Vocal

The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey is a musician - bandleader - composer, radio DJ, world traveler - and all-around nice guy!

Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. He went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and years later, Joey would actually begin teaching accordion, following Frank's retirement.

During his years at Cleveland's St. Ignatius High School, Joey was a four-year member of the marching band, jazz and "pep" bands, and during his senior year, he was elected president of the high school band. For several years, Joey was also the Director of Cleveland's Circle 2 Button Box Club, and in 1983 he established the "Euclid Squeezeboxers Button Box Club".

As an understudy of musicians Ted Hoyer, Lou Trebar, and Dante Picciati, Joey was inspired to form his own band in 1984. Within a short period of time, this group quickly became one of Cleveland's most popular all-occasion bands, and began building a loyal fan base. Into the '90's, the band toured several states, Europe, the Hawaiian Islands, and appeared as guest artists on numerous cruises including Carnival and Costa Cruise Lines

In 1984, radio "Hall of Famer", Tony Petkovsek invited Joey to begin co-broadcasting with him on weekend programming and eventually expanded his radio time, where today he can be heard from time to time over WELW 1330am. Joey is a Founding Trustee for the American Slovenian Polka Foundation and is the editor of the organization's newsletter, "The Quarterly".

In 1993 Joey married the love of his life, Lisa! He surprised her with an original song named "Lisa Marie's Polka" They are happily married and have a beautiful daughter named Faith Anne, to whom Joey dedicates the beautiful " Faith Anne Waltz" off of his Polka Funhouse release.

Honors have included performing with Roy Clark, Bobby Vinton, Myron Floren, Frank Yankovic and performing for President George Bush, Presidential Nominee Bob Dole, and U.S. Senator George Voinovich. Four of Joey's original compositions were featured on two Grammy Award Winning CD's of Canada's Walter Ostanek. In 1999 Joey's accomplishments reached an all-time high with awards presented for 3 categories by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation - "Album of the Year"- Smile, "Musician of the Year", and "Button Accordionist of the Year".

Joey Tomsick Awards:

1989: Best New Young Band, ASPF
1990: Best Button Accordionist, ASPF
1991: Best Button Accordionist, ASPF
1991: Man of the Year, Maple Heights Slovenian Home
1992: Grammy Award Participant, NARAS
1993: Grammy Award Participant, NARAS

1998: Musician of the Year, Collinwood Slovenian Home
1999: Album of the Year, "SMILE", ASPF
1999: Musician of the Year, ASPF
1999: Best Button Accordionist, ASPF
2007:  Trustees Golden Honor Roll, ASPF

2009: Band of the Year, The Joey Tomsick Orchestra, ASPF
2009: Recording of the Year, "Polka Funhouse", ASPF
2009: Musician of the Year, ASPF
2009: Best New Original Polka, "Polka Funhouse", ASPF


Joey having Fun Joey & Hank Joey & Hank Swiss Festival Joey at St. Peter's Oktoberfest