"Mroczka Memories"

We remember...
Tom Mroczka playing "Taps" on Memorial Day, 2005 as part of the National Moment of Remembrance
as a part of Buglers Across America.
Buglers all over America pledged to play "Taps" at exactly 3 p.m. (in their own time zones), sponsored by The National Association For Music Education, Bugles Across America, and the Getzen Instrument Company in partnership with the White House Commission on Remembrance, to ensure that those who gave service to our Nation will never be forgotten.

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The picture on the left includes Tom Mroczka (at age 15), from the Plain Dealer,
just before leaving for Chicago. He played at the Chicagoland Music Festival
with a 1,000 piece Accordion band, at Soldier's Field  before a crowd of 80,000!
Others in the picture include: Ted Bunevich (at age 17), the current Accordionist for "The Music Box";
Gloria Mroczka, Tom's older sister (at age 16); and Joseph Svec, (at age 7)!

The picture on the right is the earliest photo of Tom's group!
They performed for the grand opening of the Parmatown Mall in 1969!
The group was formed from the old Zubek Brothers band.
Tom took over when one brother left for college and the other went
to Africa on his assignment as a missionary priest.
Pictured are: Tom Mroczka (left), with Jim Hitsman, Tony Zubek, Dick Mischak & Larry Gonet.

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The picture on the left is from the May 18th, 1985 Bedford, Ohio Rotary Club Rib-Burnoff.
(left to right): Pete Weber, Tom Mroczka, Ted Bunevich and Kathie Slys.

The picture on the right is from the July 8th, 1989 Bedford heights, Ohio Home Days Festival,
with Ed and Louise Thyrot dancing to the sounds of TMB!

Tom Mroczka & The Music Box
before playing for the Evening In Warsaw dance
given by the Polish Legion Of American Veterans.
(left to right) Tom Mroczka, Dennis Kaminski,
Bob Hatters, Larry Gonet and Jim Hitsman

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Taken after winning  the best music award
in the 1971 4th Of July Parade in Parma Ohio.
The float was sponsored by the
Parma Polish-American League.
(left to right): Back row: Larry Gonet, Bob Hatters,
Dennis Kaminski,  Jim Hitsman,
Front row:  Bev Mroczka,  Tom Mroczka

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Tom Mroczka & The Music Box
at the 1971 WUAB Channel 43 Telethon.
(left to right): Bev Mroczka, Tom Mroczka,
Jim Hitsman (at least his trumpet shows)
and Dennis Kaminski (the accordion showing)


Tom & Bev Mroczka in 1971.

Tom and Bev Mroczka wait to talk to Greg Holtz on his Western Reserve U. polka show in August 1971.

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Tom & Bev Mroczka pose with best music trophy
from 1972 Parma 4th of July Parade in front of
Parma Polish American League float.


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TMB performing for a Wedding
in the summer of 1994.


TMB preparing to perform
at Holy Family Church Festival
June 26, 1994 in Parma, Ohio
L-R..Jim Hitsman, Tom Mroczka, Ed Kulak, Ted Bunevich, Ray Goney, Kathie Slys
Picture taken by Nicholas A. Meyo


The O.S.U. Marching Band.
Can you find Tom Mroczka in the first row?


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