Tom Brusky (born 1969) is a Slovenian-style polka musician and bandleader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who also produces and records music through his company, Polkasound Productions. Brusky has appeared on over sixty recordings worldwide along with artists such as Verne and Steve Meisner, Eric Noltkamper, Kathy Zamejc Vogt, Jeff Winard, and Frankie Yankovic. He performs roughly 150 events a year throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and abroad.
Tom Brusky was born into a musical family. Both his father, Jim, and his brother, Ron, played big-band, dixieland, and polka music professionally with bands such as Louis Bashell, Guy Lombardo, Chuck Hedges, Russ Morgan, Don Nedobeck, and Dick Rodgers. His mother, Jan, is an accomplished orchestral musician and pipe organist. His sister, Susan, is a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI)-winning drummer who toured the country with a heavy-metal band in the 1980s, opening for such acts as Wendy O. Williams.
Tom Brusky plays the accordion, drums, bass guitar, piano, and tuba.
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