THIS WEBSITE IS BEST VIEWED WITH INTERNET EXPLORER 6 OR GREATER AND LATEST VERSION OF JAVA

S

HOME | ABOUT US | THE BAND | RECORDINGS | PHOTOS |MEDIA | SCHEDULE | LINKS | NEWS | CONTACT US | WEBSITE TERMS

ABOUT US

 

Mention the Dick Tady Orchestra (D.T.O.) in the Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding tri-state area and you will hear most polka fans speak highly of the musical talent that this band possesses.

Dick joined the Kenny Kron Band in 1962, taking over as the leader in 1963.  Changing the name of the band to the Dick Tady Orchestra, they went on to, non-flamboyantly, rack up numerous accomplishments while performing throughout Ohio, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey and their home state of Pennsylvania.  They've also played for the polka loving fans in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Hawaii, Canada and the Caribbean.

The DTO proudly carries the banner of American-Slovenian Style polkas with class and style.  However, their musical talents are not limited to Slovenian style polka music.  They also play excellent Croatian-Dalmatian, German, Serbian and Swiss arrangements and specialize in tremendous sounding four part harmonies and lyrics, not to be matched anywhere else in the polka business.  The DTO not only plays great ethnic music, they've mastered the art of playing all styles of American music, including Big Band, Oldies, Country, Pop and Rock-n-Roll.

Having been together since 1963, the band has a quite impressive musical repertoire as well as a quite impressive collection of awards and recognition as a band and individually as well.  Here is a list of some of them from 1990 until present day:

1990

The composition, "That Polka Melody" (My Favorite Polka), written by Dick Tady and Bob McBride was recorded by 16 time NARAS Grammy Winner Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra.  This selection is on the album, "When It's Polka Time At Your House".  The album was the Grammy winning album (Best Polka Category) at the 33rd Grammy Awards.


1990

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) released their 8th album entitled, "Polkas and Waltzes with A Touch Of Class".

1991

Dick Tady received the 1991 UMPAPA "Man Of The Year" Award.  This was presented to Dick on November 10, 1991 at the Annual Awards Dinner Dance Celebration.  The presentation by the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA) took place at the SNPJ Lodge #6 Sygan Slovenian Club in Bridgeville, PA.


1992

DTO musician, Tony Grandovic (accordionist and keyboardist), was nominated for "Best Sideman"  by the American Slovenian Polka foundation (National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame).


1992

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) released their 9th album entitled, "Happy Polka Days".


1992

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) was nominated by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Grammy at the 35th Annual Grammy Award show at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.  The nomination was for their album "Happy Polka Days" recording (Best Polka Album Category).


1992

The Dick Tady Orchestra released their first professional video, "The Best of The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO)".


1993

DTO musician, Bob McBride (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals) was nominated for "Best Sideman" by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation (National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame).


1993

Dick Tady was a member of the Hall of Fame All-Star Band.  Award Show VI took place at the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, OH on November 27, 1993.


1993

Polka Dee Jay Del Sinchak, presented the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) with the Wammy Award (People's Choice Award) on May 2, 1993 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield, Ohio.  Listeners had the opportunity to vote for their favorite Grammy Nominated Polka Band.  Voters had to abide by the voting rules of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and were invited to join Del in presenting these annual award to the DTO.


1993

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) released their 10th album entitled, "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.


1993

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) appeared on the Grammy Winning Album, "Accordiaonally Yours", with 3 time Grammy winner and Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek and his Orchestra.  The DTO performed the selection, "Lulubelle Polka".


1994

The President  of Slovenia, Milan Kucan, headed an International Delegation of Guests at the dedication of the new Slovenian National Benefit Society headquarters in North Fayette.  The Dick Tady Orchestra provided music for the banquet and happy Slovenian polka and waltz music for dancing.


1994

Dick Tady (Bandleader, Saxophone, Button Box, Wind Controller, Vocalist) was presented the Prestigious Crystal Award for "Musician of the year (Musician, Individual)".  This Annual Achievement Award is presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Award Show, which was held at the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, Ohio.  The event took place on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.


1995

The Penn-Ohio Polka Pals and Penn-Ohio Polka Pals Booster Club presented Dick Tady with the 1995 POPP "Man Of The Year" Award.  Dick was honored at their annual Testimonial Dinner Dance at DiVieste's Banquet Hall on March 26, 1995 in Warren, Ohio.


1995

The Polka News Network, St. Charles, Michigan, presented Dick Tady with the "Lifetime Award of Fame and Honor" (for the promotion of European-American Music) at DiViesti's Banquet Hall on March 26, 1995 in Warren, Ohio.


1995

Dick Tady received the Musical Heritage Award (Legacy Award for Ethnic Music)"  for outstanding achievement.  The award was presented during the Allegheny-Kiski Historical Society's Annual Dinner and Award meeting on November 4, 1995 at the New Harmar House in Acmetonia, Pennsylvania.


1995

Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) was presented the Prestigious Crystal Award for "Band Of The Year".  This Annual Achievement Award was presented by the American Slovenian Foundation at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Award Show at the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, Ohio.  The event took place the Saturday following Thanksgiving.


1996

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) Released their 11th album entitled, "Award Winning Polkas and Waltzes DTO Style".


1996

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 and Friends.


1996

Dick Tady was presented the Prestigious Crystal Award for "1996 Musician of the Year (Musician, Individual)".  This Annual Achievement Award was presented by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show, at the Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid, Ohio, which took place the Saturday following Thanksgiving.


1997

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) did a live performance from the "Coffee House" on Pittsburgh's #1 "Rock Station" Radio 102.5FM WDVE ('DVE') on the Morning Show featuring Scott Pulsen and Jim Krenn.


1997

Dick Tady received the 1997 UMPAPA "Man of the Year" Award.  This award was presented to Dick on November 9,1997 at the Annual Awards Dinner and Dance Celebration.  The presentation by the United Musicians Polka Association (UMPAPA) took place at SNPJ Lodge #6 Slovenian Club in Bridgeville, PA.


1997

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) released their 12th album entitled, "A Special DTO Christmas".


1998

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) appeared live from the Gateway Clipper Fleet's, Majestic.   The performances were done for Radio 102.5 FM WDVE ('DVE') on the Morning Show featuring Scott Paulsen and Jim Krenn.


1999

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) performed in the Subway Restaurant Commercial entitled, "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), the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO), Subway Restaurant personnel and Pittsburgh Polka Dancers.


1999

Dick Tady, leader of the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO), received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation and was inducted into the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame at Award Show XII on November 27, 1999.  The award is the highest award voted on by the members of the National Foundation and the honors were bestowed at the Shore Cultural Centre in Cleveland Ohio.  Dick also received the Prestigious Crystal Award and his picture and biographical sketch are displayed in the Hall of Fame.


2002

Bass player and vocalist, Ed Gould joined the Dick Tady Orchestra.

2002

Dick Tady, leader of the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) releases his solo album entitled, "Richard Allen Michael Tady Presents:  The Greatest Slovenian Polka Hits!"  Dick played all of the instrumental parts and sang all of the Slovenian lyrics on this recording.


2002

The recording, "Richard Allen Michael Tady Presents:  The Greatest Slovenian Polka Hits!" was nominated for "Best Recording of the Year" by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation and won the honor for "Recording of the Year" at the Polka Hall of Fame Award Show XVI on November 29, 2003 in Cleveland, Ohio.


2005

The first of four recordings, "The Best of the DTO (Volume 1) - The 5th Decade - American-Slovene Polkas and Waltzes" was released in December 2005.  This album includes 25 of the most popular DTO selections.  It features songs from the past, tunes from the present and newly recorded material.


2006

The Second of four recordings, "The Best of the DTO (Volume 2) - The 5th Decade - All-Time Requested Hits!" was released in December 2006.  This album includes American, Croatian-Dalmatian, German, Serbian, Slovenian and Swiss Melodies.


2007

In August, the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) performed before the Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball Game at PNC Park for Slovak Days.


2007

Dick Tady was a member of the Lifetime Achievers Hall of Fame All-Star Band at the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame Show XX that took place at Euclid High School Auditorium in Euclid, Ohio on November 24, 2007.

2008

The third of four recordings, "The Best of the DTO (Volume 3)  - The 5th Decade - American-Slovene Style Polkas and Waltzes" was released in June 2008.  This album included 24 of the most popular DTO selections.  It featured songs from the past, tunes from the present and newly recorded material.


2008

In July, the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) performed before the Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball Game at PNC Park for Slovak Days.


2008

In October, the Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) performed for the wedding reception of TV Celebrity/Musician, Jonathan Dressel and his wife Maggie.  Jonathan is the drummer for Cleto and the Cletones, (aka: The Jimmy Kimmel Show Band).


2009

DTO musicians, Joe Gill (Drummer and Vocalist) and Ed Gould (Bassist and Vocalist) were nominated for "Sideman of the Year" by the United Musician Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA).


2010

The forth of four recordings, "The Best of the DTO (Volume 4) - The 5th Decade - Button Box Magic!" was released in April 2010.  This album includes 24 of the most popular DTO selections.  It feature button box selections from the past, tunes from the present and newly recorded material.


2010

The Dick Tady Orchestra (DTO) members are nominated and won for Annual Achievement Awards at the Polka Hall of Fame Award Show XXIII, November 27, 2010. 
  1.  Button Box Individual/Duo Category:  Dick Tady
  2.  Vocalist of the Year Category:  Dick Tady
  3.  Musician of the Year/Individual Category:  Dick Tady
  4.  Band of the Year:  Dick Tady Orchestra
  5.  Best Sidemen Category:  Joe Gill & Ed Gould (of the DTO)
  6.  Best New Polka or Waltz Category:  La Bella Luna Waltz (Margie's Song) - Dick Tady
  7.  Greatest All-Time Cleveland Style Hits Category:  Happy Polka Days - Dick Tady Orchestra


2010

In the latter part of November and first part of December, the Dick Tady Orchestra had the pleasure of recording and filming the "Hot Dog Shoot Polka" Video for the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization.  The video will be released for the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirate Season and will be shown on the Jumbotron Scoreboard to introduce the Pirates mascot "Pirate Parrot" as he shoots hot dogs into the stands for the fans.


2011

Joe Gill (Drummer and Vocalist) was nominated and inducted into the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA) as "Sideman of the Year!"


2012

Ed Gould (Bassist) was nominated and inducted into the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA) as "Sideman of the Year!"

 

 

6Copyright 2001 - 2013 DTO Productions and Corjal Records.  All rights reserved.