Honoring the Eddie Vallus Polka Bandby Representative Tim Ryan
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. RYAN of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the harmonious
and melodious career of Eddie Vallus and the Eddie Vallus Band. The
sweet sounds of the Eddie Vallus Polka Band included talented musicians
John Ross, Ed Wasacz, Al Martini, Lou Tofil, and of course Eddie
Vallus. They spent their lives on the bandstand sharing their music
with their fans who love to dance, dance, dance. Since the release of
their debut album in 1963, the Eddie Vallus Band has been recognized as
a musical force. They were honored by former mayor of Youngstown Pat
Ungaro and the Mahoning County Commission in 1985. The band's success
garnered them a Grammy nomination in 1989, the Cleveland Polka Hall of
Fame Trustee Award in 2003, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
I am convinced that the world needs more polka but after a lifetime of extended bookings, it saddens me that the Eddie Vallus Band has decided to put their instruments down. Many of my friends and neighbors continue to cherish their music. On October 26th, the band played its final concert at St. Paul Church in New Middletown, Ohio. As a 77 year resident of Boardman, Ohio, incomparable Eddie Vallus is an inspiration to our community. Although the Eddie Vallus Band will be no more, Eddie will continue to perform with the Rex Taneri Band. Eddie has led a long and happy life marked by success and a love of the arts. For Eddie there is never a sour note and he is always on key and in rhythm. I wish Mr. Vallus all the best and know he will spend time with his wife Pat of 51 years, his three daughters, and his five grandchildren. And a one and a two and a three for Eddie Vallus.