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Phil Hrvatin
Saxophone & Clarinet

A music student of Polka Hall of Famer, Lou Sadar, Phil performed with a number of Cleveland-Style bands including Dave Wretschko, Kenny Zagar, and even sitting in with polka great, Joey Miskulin. In 1985, his friendship and long musical association with Joey Tomsick began. That year, the Tomsick band was in its beginning stages and had already been invited on a concert tour of the West Coast. Lacking a saxophone player, Joey's father Ken contacted Phil who agreed to take the tour, and as they say... the rest is history!

Over the years, Phil & Joey have teamed up hosting tour groups around the world on Polka Tours & Cruises, not to mention all the regular performances with the JTO at festivals, weddings, dances, inaugurations and parties.

Phil also serves as the senior editor of The website contains news from Cleveland and other parts of the world, and various links to other media, associations, parishes, etc., and has established itself as the central internet source for Slovenian communities throughout the United States.

Phil Hrvatin Awards:

1989: Best New / Young Band
1999: Recording of the Year "Smile"
2000: Sideman of the Year, ASPF
2008 Man of the Year West Park Slovenian Home
2009: Band of the Year, The Joey Tomsick Orchestra, ASPF
2009: Recording of the Year "Polka Funhouse"
2009: Sideman of the Year, ASPF
2010: Sideman of the Year, ASPF
2011: Sideman of the Year, ASPF
2012: Federation of Slovenian Homes Man of the Year
2012: Collinwood Slovenian Home Musician of the Year

Phil & Mery Phil's Horn Phil's Horn Swissfest