Tom Brusky

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Tom Brusky (born 1969) is a Slovenian-style polka musician and bandleader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who also produces and records music through his company, Polkasound Productions. Brusky has appeared on over sixty recordings worldwide along with artists such as Verne and Steve Meisner, Eric Noltkamper, Kathy Zamejc Vogt, Jeff Winard, and Frankie Yankovic. He performs roughly 150 events a year throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and abroad.

Tom Brusky was born into a musical family. Both his father, Jim, and his brother, Ron, played big-band, dixieland, and polka music professionally with bands such as Louis Bashell, Guy Lombardo, Chuck Hedges, Russ Morgan, Don Nedobeck, and Dick Rodgers. His mother, Jan, is an accomplished orchestral musician and pipe organist. His sister, Susan, is a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI)-winning drummer who toured the country with a heavy-metal band in the 1980s, opening for such acts as Wendy O. Williams.

Tom Brusky plays the accordion, drums, bass guitar, piano, and tuba.

Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame Awards[edit]

  • "Sideman of the Year" 1998[1]
  • "Horizon Award" 2000[1]
  • "Sideman of the Year" 2006[1]

Tom Brusky discography[edit]

  • 1989 "Song of Lecco"[2]
  • 1990 "Generations Together"[2]
  • 1992 "Don't Shoot the Accordion Player"[2]
  • 1995 "Undercover"[2]
  • 1997 "Polkalanis"[2]
  • 1997 "Tom x 5 But Not Quite Live"[2]
  • 1999 "Polkas from the Digital Domain"[2]
  • 2000 "Did You Remember To Pack Your Accordion?"[2]
  • 2000 "Butt 'n' Box by Joe LaBotz"[2]
  • 2003 "On the Bright Side"[2]
  • 2005 "Playing Your Requests Vol. 1 - Classic Polkas and Waltzes"[2]
  • 2005 "Playing Your Requests Vol. 2 - Timeless Ballroom Melodies"[2]
  • 2009 "The First Forty Years"[2]
  • 2014 "WEAK Polka Pontoon"[3]
  • 2016 "The Holidays In Music"
  • 2018 "Positively Polka"[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Wisconsin Polka Hall Of Fame Inductees". Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Brusky, Tom discography". Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  3. ^ "New "Polka Pontoon" Is a Polka CD Unlike Any Other". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ Rake, Jamie Lee (2018-08-21). "Tom Brusky: Positively Polka (Polkasound Productions)". Shepherd Express. Retrieved 2018-11-09.

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