Steve Zelenak

Key Statistics:
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio - June 16, 1961
Lovelife: Married to Beth (McDonald) Zelenak since 1994
Children: Stephen, Mary & Kate
Instruments: Concertina & Accordian

Beyond the Glory:
How did you get involved with polkas?
"My mom and dad would play Lil' Wally & Marion Lush records on this old GE record player in the living room. When my father's youngest brother Larry was discharged from the service in 1968 he lived with us for a couple of years. He was the person with the Versatones albums. I remember looking at those old album covers and thinking to myself...'This is what it's all about!).'"
When did you start playing an instrument?
"I was 9 years old when I asked my parents for drum lessons. They decided playing the Accordian would be easier on their nervous system. I began playing the Concertina in 1985. I'm still trying to figure the damn thing out!."
What bands have you played with?
Years
Band
1982 - 1984 The Dynasounds
1984 - 1986 Bruno Mikos & The Harmony Stars
1986 - 1990 This - n - That
1991 - 1995 TBC
2002 - 2003 Tower City Drive
2003 TBC
Also performed with Marion Lush, Polka Country Musicians, Henny & The Versa J's, Dynatones & Trel Tones.

Discography:
Year
Band
Recording
1986 Bruno Mikos Old Country Polish Polkas - WRS
1988 This-N-That A Little Of This-N-A Little Of That - WRS
1992 TBC The New Generation - WRS
1992 compilation with TBC A Very Merry Polka Christmas - WRS
1993 TBC Blue Magic - WRS
1994 TBC Down Through The Years - WRS
1995 TBC From The Heart Of It All - WRS
1997 Music Works It's Showtime - Peppermint

What is your favorite recording that you recorded on?
"Blue Magic"
What are your favorite bands and which ones had the greatest influence on you?
"Marion Lush, Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones 1963 - 1979."
Who are your favorite instrumentalists?
"Early influences that I still rely on for inspiration are Wally Maduzia and Rich Sendra. Presently there are many box players that have taken the instrument to that 'next level'."
Who are your favorite vocalists?
"Marion Lush & Eddie Blazonczyk Sr."
Future Plans?
"I have to play the drums someday. I want to be a tall Bobby Zima."

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