Over the years, Jeff Winard has remained a favorite with crowds throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area, Midwest, and other parts of the United States and Canada where polka music is enjoyed. Jeff and his band known for their polka and waltz music in the popular "Yankovic Style" have remained a favorite at festivals, parties and other events where live music is desired. In June 1968 Jeff fronted his first band playing at his parish church festival, followed by VFW picnics, and other performances. The early 70's brought an association with Bill Savatski's Band, and dear friend for over 40 years Grant Kozera, (aka "Brewhaus Polka King). Jeff also began performing with Frank Yankovic "America's Polka King" in 1970 as an accordionist and drummer, and continued to perform with his own band as well. This association would last until Frank's retirement in 1998. During those 28 years, Jeff had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the country performing countless engagements ranging from Las Vegas casinos to New York's State Fair. In later years, Jeff would book Frank as a special guest to perform with his band, the last time being in June of 1998 in Milwaukee, just months before Franks passing on Oct. 14th, 1998. After Frank's passing, Jeff continued to perform many of the engagements that still wanted the Yankovic music for their events. The style greatly appeals to a broader market than some other polka styles and has a unique way of creating an excitement level with audiences, even those that may not be "polka fans" initially. The Jeff Winard Band continues to be a favorite of young and old alike and has enjoyed much success over its many years of existence. The band has produced several recordings currently available on CD. (see product info) Contact Jeff for your next function where polka music is desired. Several options are available for size of the group and length of performance to accommodate all budgets. Jeff Winard has twice been inducted into the Wis. Polka Music Hall of Fame. Once for his work with the late Frankie Yankovic, and also for his work with The Jeff Winard Band.
One of the finest Polka Band's in Milwaukee, WI for over 40 years !!!