Polka in Iowa Today
Iowa polka music includes a mix of big band and Dutchmen style groups. A strong rhythm, melodic emphasis, and clearround notes characterize the Dutchman style. Czech bands have a similar affinity for the melodic line, making for a successful blending of those styles. As a further indication of stylistic leaning, band names often feature the term "Dutchmen," the group leader's name, or a place-name. Three of the best known and active of Iowa's polka bands today are Czech Plus, The Party Time Band with Dave Franklin, and Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen — all of Cedar Rapids.
Polka and Community
Text by Riki Saltzman with assistance from Rick March, Dave Franklin Kralek, Becky Livermore, Ron Hrubes. Photos by Riki Saltzman, Lori Runkle, and courtesy of Ron Hrubes and Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen. Historic Photos courtesy of Ron Hrubes. Audio provided by Iowa Polka bands.