The Mike Schneider Band - A Milwaukee, Wisconsin Polka Band
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin Polka Band

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Mike with his father Paul SchneiderMike Schneider started playing the accordion at the age of six after hearing America's Polka King Frankie Yankovic perform live for the first time at a parish festival in Milwaukee, WI. Mike's father, Paul, planted the seeds of polka early, pulling his accordion out of the closet from time to time to entertain his only son. So if you were wondering how a six-year-old boy can go from accordion player to an acclaimed Wisconsin polka band leader, now you know!

The Mike Schneider Band has been entertaining audiences throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio since 1996. Since that time, Mike and his band have been nominated for 17 polka awards from five separate organizations. In 2009, they took home the Band of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame after eight nominations in the category since 1998. Mike also holds the honor of being one of the youngest people ever inducted into the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame at the age of 18 in 1997.

Rainbow Summer 1999The Mike Schneider Band's travels have taken the group to such places as Cleveland, OH for Tony Petkovsek's annual Thanksgiving Weekend Polka Party in 2006. In 2008, they ventured out on the Caribbean to take part in their first Polka Cruise aboard the Carnival Valor. Mike and his band have appeared numerous times at Oktoberfest in New Ulm, MN, plus Summerfest and Rainbow Summer in Milwaukee, WI, and Motongator Music Festival in Wallace, MI. The Mike Schneider Band has even entertained audiences including James E. "Chip" Carter, son of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and J.C. from the band NSync.

Mike and his band are no strangers when it comes to major media attention, either. In 1997, Mike appeared on the front-page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding his nomination for the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame's Horizon Award, which he would go on to win the following week. Mike has also been featured on 94.5 WKTI's long-running Reitman & Mueller show, Wisconsin's Morning News on News Radio 620 WTMJ, the Daybreak Report on Today's TMJ4, and on the Food Network for Food Nation with Bobby Flay, an appearance he made along with his entire band in 2002.

Uncle Mike and his Polka BandIn 2008, Mike Schneider took his first steps into what has become a successful venture into children's music with his Pint Size Polkas project. His goal is to bring polka music to a new generation of fans while educating them on a number of core curriculum topics. For more information about this project, please visit

When Mike isn't on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, designing websites, and playing golf. A big dreamer at times, he's still waiting for his invitation to play Augusta National. Stay tuned for news on that story as it develops!

2015 Support & Promotion Award
Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

2015 Youth Mentor Award
Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

2011 Honor Roll Award
Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

2009 Band of the Year
Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

2007 Exceptional Achievement
Wisconsin Polka Music Awards

2007 Recording of the Year
Wisconsin Polka Music Awards

2007 Distinguished Service Award
Wisconsin Polka Boosters

1997 Horizon Award
Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

2013 Cultural Heritage Nominee
Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

Band of the Year Nominee
Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame
1998-2000, 2001, 2005-2008

Best Young Band Nominee
National Cleveland Style
Polka Hall of Fame
1999 and 2002

Best Polka Band Nominee
Wisconsin Area Music Industry
1999, 2000, and '01

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Food Nation with Bobby Flay
Food Network
Positively Milwaukee
Today's TMJ4
The Daybreak Report
Today's TMJ4

Wisconsin's Morning News
Reitman and Mueller
94.5 WKTI
Backstage Live
News-Talk 1450 KFIZ

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Appleton Post-Crescent
The Monroe Times
Catholic Herald
Polka Times
Polka News

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