DICK TADY ORCHESTRA

About Us

Mention the Dick Tady Orchestra in the Pennsylvania tri-state area and you will hear their polka loving fans speak highly of the talent and longevity this band possesses.
Dick Tady joined the Kenny Kron band in 1962, taking over as band leader in 1963, changing the name of the band to the Dick Tady Orchestra. Over the years, the band went through some changes in musicians, but the core of the group Dick Tady, Bob McBride and Joe Gill remained the steadfast of the group and are still members today.

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They went onto achieve many musical accomplishments while performing throughout Ohio, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey and their home state of Pennsylvania. They’ve also performed in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, Hawaii, Canada and the Caribbean.
While they carry the banner of “American-Slovenian” style polkas and waltzes, their musical talents are not limited to polka music. They also play excellent Croatian-Dalmatian, German, Serbian and Swiss arrangements, specializing in tremendous sounding four-part vocal harmonies, not to be matched anywhere in the polka business. The DTO not only plays ethnic music, they’ve mastered the art of playing all styles of American music, including; Big Band, Oldies, Country, Pop and Rock-N-Roll music.

With over 16 albums and CD’s, a professionally released video, appearing on television commercials, performing at the Pittsburgh Arts Festival, Pittsburgh Steelers Tailgate Parties, performed and guest hosted Pittsburgh’s #1 Rock station WDVE, appeared in Pittsburgh Pirates music video, a motion picture and appearing in four episodes of the nationally televised RFD-TV hit show “Mollie B’s Polka Party”, you can be sure they are working on their next project.

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Some of the DTO’s recognized achievements include the Recording Academy with a Gammy Nomination in 1994, followed by becoming Grammy Award Participants in 1995 with the song “My Lu-Lu Belle Polka” on Walter Ostanek’s album entitled “Accodionally Yours”. They’ve also been recognized by the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame when they received the honor of “Band of the Year” in 1995, repeating the honor again in 2010, as well as taking home the “Best New Song” award for Dick’s button box composition “Labella Luna Waltz (Margie’s Song) that same year.

While the DTO has experienced much notable success as a group, the musicians who make up this award winning band have gone onto some individual achievements as well. You can read more about them under each musicians bio.

Awards & Recognition
  • The musical composition “That Polka Melody” (My Favorite Polka), written by Dick Tady and Bob McBride was recorded by 18 time NARAS Grammy Winner, Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra, on his album “When It’s Polka Time At Your House”. The album was a Grammy winning album I the Best Polka Album category at the 33rd Grammy Awards.
  • The DTO released their 8th album, “Polkas and Waltzes with: A Touch of Class”.
  • Dick Tady received the 1991 UMPAPA “Man of the Year” award. This award was presented to him on November 10, 1991 at the Annual Awards and Dinner Dance.  The presentation by the United Polka Musicians of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA) took place at the SNPJ Club in Sygan, PA.
  • DTO musician, Tony Grandovic (accordionist/keyboard player), was nominated for “Best Sideman” by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation (National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame).
  • The DTO released their 9th album, “Happy Polka Days”.
  • The DTO was nominated by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for a Grammy at the 35th Annual Grammy Award Show at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, for their the Best Polka Album Category for their album “Happy Polka Days”.
  • The DTO released their first Professional video, “The Best of the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO).
  • DTO musician, Bob McBride (banjo, guitar and vocalist) , was nominated for “Best Sideman” by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation (National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame)
  • Dick Tady was a member of the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame All-Star Band, at their annual award show that took place on November 27, 1993, at the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, OH.
  • Polka Dee-Jay, Del Sinchak, presented the Dick Tady Orchestra with the Wammy Award (Peoples Choice Award) on May 2, 1993 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom, Brookfield, OH. Listeners had the opportunity to vote for their favorite Grammy Nominated Polka Band, abiding by the voting rules of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and were invited by Del Sinchak to join in presenting this annual award.
  • The DTO released their 10th album, “30 Years of Great Polka Times”. The album featured the DTO and Canada’s Polka King and 3 time Grammy Winner, Walter Ostanek and his Band.
  • The DTO appeared on the Grammy Winning Album “Accordionally Yours”, with 3 time Grammy winner and Canada’s Polka Kin, Walter Ostanek and his Orchestra. The DTO recorded the selection “Lulubelle Polka” on that album.
  • Slovenian President Milan Kucan headed an International Delegation of Guests at the Dedication of the new Slovene National Benefit Society Headquarters in North Fayette, PA. The Dick Tady Orchestra was the featured music for the banquet and dance.
  • Dick Tady was presented the Prestigious Chrystal Award for “Musician of the Year” (Musician Individual), as presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation, at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Award Show, at the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, OH.
  • The Penn-Ohio Polka Pals & Penn-Ohio Polka Pals Booster Club presented Dick Tady with the 1995 POPP “Man of the Year” award. The testimonial Dinner Dance was held at Di Vieste’s Banquet Hall – Warren, OH on March 26, 1995.
  • The Polka News Network – St. Charles, MI, presented Dick Tady with the “Lifetime Award of Fame & Honor” for his part in promotion of European-American Music).
  • Dick Tady received the “Musical Heritage Award” (Legacy Award for Ethnic Music) for outstanding achievement. The award was presented during the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society’s Annual Dinner & Award meeting on November 4, 1995 at the New Harmar House in Acmetonia, PA.
  • The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) was presented the Prestigious Crystal Award for the “1995 Band of the Year”, as presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Award Show, held at the Shore Cultural Centre – Euclid, OH.
  • The DTO released their 11th album, “Award Winning Polkas & Waltzes DTO Style”.
  • Dick Tady was a featured singer with the Polka All-Stars on the Grammy nominated album, “Songs of the Polka King” (volume 1) by Frank Yankovic & Friends.
  • Dick Tady was presented the Prestigious Crystal Award for the 1996 “Musician of the Year” (Musician Individual), as presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Award Show at the Shore Cultural Centre – Euclid, OH.
  • The DTO was featured in a live performance from the “Coffee House”, on Pittsburgh’s #1 Rock Station 102.5FM ‘DVE on the morning show with Scott Paulsen & Jim Krenn.
  • Dick Tady Received the 1997 UMPAPA “Man of the Year” award on November 9, 1997 as presented by the United Polka Musicians Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA), at their annual awards dinner and dance, held at the SNPJ Club – Sygan, PA.
  • The DTO released their 12th album, “A Special ‘DTO’ Christmas”.
  • The Dick Tady Orchestra appeared live from the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s Majestic. The performances were done for Pittsburgh’s #1 Rock Station 102.5FM ‘DVE and were featured on the morning show with Scott Paulsen & Jim Krenn.
  • The Dick Tady Orchestra was featured on the Subway Restaurant television commercial, “The Return of the Myron Cope Kielbasa Sub”. The commercial was produced by New Perspective Production Company and featured Myron Cope (The “voice” of the Pittsburgh Steelers) and the Dick Tady Orchestra, along with Subway Restaurant Personnel and various Pittsburgh polka dancers.
  • Dick Tady received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American Slovenian Polka Foundation and was inducted into the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame at their annual award show on November 27, 1999. This award is the highest award voted on by the members of the foundation and honors were bestowed at the Shore Cultural Centre – Euclid, OH.  Dick also received the Prestigious Crystal Award and his photograph and biography were placed on display where they remain in the Hall of Fame.
  • Dick Tady released a recording project, “Richard Allen Michael Tady Presents: The Greatest Slovenian Polka Hits!”, which features Dick playing all of the instrumental parts and singing all of the Slovenian Vocals.
  • Dick Tady’s solo recording, “Richard Allen Michael Tady Presents: The Greatest Slovenian Polka Hit!” won the “Album of the Year” award, presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation and was presented at the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame show on November 29, 2003 in Cleveland, OH.
  • The first, of a four recordings, “The Best of the DTO * Dick Tady Orchestra * Volume 1 * The 5th Decade * American-Slovene Style Polkas & Waltzes” was released in December 2005. This recording included 25 of the most popular DTO selections.  It featured songs from the past, tunes from the present and newly recorded material.
  • The second of four recordings “The Best of the DTO * Dick Tady Orchestra * Volume 2 * The 5th Decade * All-Time Requested Hits!” was released in December 2006.
  • In August 2007, the Dick Tady Orchestra performed before the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game at PNC Park for Slovak Days.
  • Dick Tady performed with the Lifetime Achievers Hall of Fame All-Star Band at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Show on November 24, 2007 at the Euclid High School Auditorium – Euclid, OH.
  • The third of four recordings, “The Bes of the DTO * Dick Tady Orchestra * Volume 3 * The 5th Decade * American-Slovene Style Polkas & Waltzes”. This recording was released June of 2008 and included 24 of the most popular DTO selections.  It featured songs from the past, tunes from the present and newly recorded materials.
  • July 200, the DTO performed before the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game at PNC Park for Slovak Days.
  • October 2008, the Dick Tady Orchestra provided the dinner and dance music at the wedding reception of Jonathan Dressel and his wife Maggie. Jonathan is the drummer for Cleto & The Cletones, on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on the ABC network in Burbank, CA.
  • DTO musicians, Joe Gill (drummer and vocalist) and Ed Gould (bassist and vocalist) were nominated for “Sideman of the Year” by the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA).
  • The fourth of four recordings, “The Bst of the DTO * Dick Tady Orchestra * Volume 4 * The 5th Decade * Button Box Magic!” was released in April 2010. This recording included 24 of the most popular DTO selections.  It featured button box selections from the past, tunes from the present and newly recorded material.
  • DTO musicians, Joe Gill (drummer and vocalist) and Ed Gould (bassist and vocalist) were nominated for “Sideman of the Year” by the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA)
  • Dick Tady Orchestra members are nominated for Annual Achievement Awards at the Polka Hall of Fame; Button Box-Individual/Duo Category: Dick Tady.  2. Vocalist of the Year Category:  Dick Tady.  3.  Musician of the Year/Individual:  Dick Tady.  4. Band of the Year: Dick Tady Orchestra.  5. Best Sidemen Category:  Joe Gill and Ed Gould.  6. New Original Polka or Waltz Category:  La Bella Luna Waltz (Margie’s song) – Dick Tady.  7. Greatest all time Cleveland-Style Hits Category:  Happy Polka Days – The Dick Tady Orchestra.
  • November 27, 2010 the Dick Tady Orchestra was presented the Prestigious Crystal Award for the “2010 Band of the Year, as presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Award Show at the Shore Cultural Centre – Euclid, OH.
  • November 27, 2010 Dick Tady Was presented the Prestigious Crystal Award for the “Best New Polka/Waltz Category” for his composition, “La Bella Luna Waltz (Margie’s Song)”, which was released on the “Best of the DTO * Dick Tady Orchestra * The 5th Decade * Button Box Magic!” album, as presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Show, held at the Euclid High School Auditorium – Euclid, OH.
  • In the latter part of November and first Part of December 2010, the Dick Tady Orchestra had the pleasure of filming a music video, which would be played on the Jumbotron at PNC Park during the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates baseball season, introducing the Pirate Parrot (mascot) as he launches hotdogs to the fans from a pneumatic hotdog gun. The video debuted on the “Opening Day” of the Pirates 2011 Season.
  • DTO musicians, Joe Gill (drummer and vocalist) and Ed Gould (bassist and vocalist) were nominated for “Sideman of the Year” by the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA), in which Joe was presented with the award plaque on November 13, 2011 at the SNPJ Club –Sygan, PA during the banquet and dance.
  • The DTO performed at the Oktoberfest for the Altoona Curve Baseball Team (Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Team) at the Curve Stadium-Altoona, PA on October 1, 2011.
  • The DTO was featured in the Allegheny Movie Battalion’s movie, “Homemakers”, which was written and directed by Colin Healey.
  • DTO musician, Ed Gould (bassist and vocalist) was nominated “Sideman of the Year” by the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAMP). He was presented the award Plaque on November 11, 2012 at the SNPJ Club-Sygan, PA during their annual banquette and dance.
  • Dick Tady’s second solo CD release “Richard Allen Michael Tady * He’s Back!” was nominated for the “Best Recording of the Year “ by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation. It won that honor and Dick was presented the Crystal Award at the National Cleveland Polka Hall of Fame Show on November 26, 2016 at the Marriot Hotel Ballroom – Downtown Cleveland, OH.
  • The January/February issue of All Frets Magazine featured a six page article of the musical life of Richard Allen Michael Tady (Dick Tady), by editor and banjo sensation Johnny Baier. His photo was on the front cover of the String Guild Magazine.