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Mike's Polka Anthology

1969.... Mike and Steve Matousek and cousin Dave Jankiewicz form The Polka Cousins.

1973.... Mike Matousek joins The Royal Cavaliers and meets Ted Borzymowski. Band records "Capture Polka World" in 1976. 

1976.... Mike and Steve Matousek, Dave Jankiewicz, Fred Bulinski and Dave Korch form The Brass Works.  Band records "On The Road" in 1977, "Coming At You with Vibrant Polkas" in 1978, and "25 of the Greatest Polkas" in 1979.

1980.... Mike Matousek and Steve Matousek and Ted and Frank Borzymowski form The Boys from Baltimore.  Bob Kuhn and Don Miller join on trumpets.  Band records “Boys are Back” album.

1981.... Bobby Brzozowski replaces Steve Matousek on drums for The Boys.

1982.... The Boys receive the International Polka Federation's "Favorite New Group" Award.   The band is also voted the #1 Polka Band by the Polka Carousel Show, WADS Radio, in Connecticut. John Jozwiak replaces Mike Matousek on bass.  Band records "Polka Menagerie" album.

1983.... The Boys from Baltimore disband.

1984.... The Boys from Baltimore reform with Mike Matousek on bass, Al Puwalski and Ted Borzymowski on accordions, Ron Lesniewski on drums, and Bob Kuhn and Don Miller on trumpets.  Band records  “Boys Just Want To Have Fun” album.

1987.... Frank Liszka replaces Don Miller on trumpet.  The Boys win the "Battle of the Bands Bronze Award" at the National Polka Festival in Hunter Mt., NY.

1988.... The Boys record “Boys Nite Out” album.  Band wins the "Battle of the Bands Silver Award" at the National Polka Festival in Hunter Mt., NY.

1989.... The Boys record “Boys Will Be Boys” album.  The Boys win USPA Awards for Favorite Album & Favorite Band.  Jeff Yash replaces Ron on drums.  Band is selected to appear in Paramount Studios major motion picture, "He Said, She Said," starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins.  The Boys are voted "Polka Band of the Year" by WESO/WQVR Radio, Massachusetts

1990.... The Boys are again voted "Polka Band of the Year" by WESO/WQVR Radio, Massachusetts.  The group disbands.  Frank moves to Cleveland, gets married and starts TBC.  Ted joins The Chicago Push, and Mike & Al join The Hylites in 1992.

1997.... Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski and Ted Borzymowski reunite to form Charm City Sound with Dave Jankiewicz on horn, Nick DiSebastiano on accordion and Mike Charney on drums. 

2000.... Charm City Sound records  “Turn On The Charm.”

2001.... Charm City Sound records  “Charmed.” 

2002.... Charm City Sound records  “Third Time’s A Charm.”  Band is chosen "Best Polka Band" by Baltimore City Paper.  Charm City Sound wins USPA’s "Favorite Song Award" (Marina) for 2001.

2003.... Mike Ziemski and Randy Cusick replace Al & Dave on horns. John Pilch replaces Mike Charney on drums. Charm City Sound is voted "Favorite Band" by Polka Jamboree on the Hills of Ohio.  Band records "Too Much of a Good Thing."  CD is voted "Favorite Polka Recording" by WTMD radio's "Sunday Polka Hop" show.

2004.... Dave Burnatowski replaces John Pilch on drums.  Charm City Sound is voted USPA's "Favorite Polka Band" for 2003.  Steve Kaminski joins the band on sax, clarinet and vocals.

2005.... Randy replaces Ted on concertina. John Miconi joins on trumpet.  Nick Tiberi and Matt Rozinski "platoon" on concertina to replace Randy.  Charm City Sound records "Charmed and Dangerous."

2007.... Charm City Sound records "Christmas Lights."  Charm City Sound, Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push and guest musicians Jimmy Weber, Al Piatkowski, Mike Stapinski, and Roger Malinowski participate in Ultimate Polka Cruise II on the Carnival Pride that visits Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta.  Mike Matousek and guest musicians coalesce to form Full Circle

2008.... Full Circle, starring Polka Hall of Famers Lenny Gomulka, Jimmy Weber, Al Piatkowski, and Mike Matousek with polka legends Mike Stapinski and Roger Malinowski, host "Polka Cruise with the Stars I" on the Carnival Freedom that visits San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.  Performers include Full Circle, the Joe Oberaitis Orchestra, and DJs Kenny Olowin and Steve Matousek.  Full Circle begins to perform at select venues.  Mike Matousek is inducted into the Polka Music Hall of FameThe Boys, starring Frankie Liszka, Ted Borzymowski, Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski, Jeff Yash and Mike Evan reunite and begin performing at select venues. Mike Matousek and Mike Ziemski begin hosting their polka Internet show, "The Mikes Are On!"

2009.... Full Circle hosts "Polka Cruise with the Stars II" on the MSC Orchestra that visits Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Cayo Levantado.  Performers include Full Circle, Mitch Biskup, Steve Dudas, Rick Piotrowski, Brad Turk, and DJ Steve Matousek.  Mike Matousek and Mike Ziemski of "The Mikes Are On!" are voted the United States Polka Association's Favorite IJs for 2008.

2010.... Full Circle hosts "Polka Cruise with the Stars III" on the Carnival Dream that visits Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.  Performers include Full Circle, The Boys, Ray Jay, and DJ Kenny Olowin.

2011.... Full Circle hosts "Polka Cruise with the Stars IV" on the Carnival Miracle that visits Aruba, Curacao, La Romana, and Grand Turks.  Performers include Full Circle, Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push, and Jimmy Weber and The Sounds.  The Boys, starring Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski, Frank Liszka, Jeff Yash, Mike Evan and Dave Morris record and release "A New Day" their first new album in 22 years!  After fourteen years, Charm City Sound plays their last job at Bayway Polish Home on 11/20/11.

2012... Full Circle hosts "Polka Cruise with the Stars V" on the Navigator of the Seas that sails from Ft. Lauderdale and visits St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Labadee (Haiti)Performers include Full Circle, The Knewz, and  Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push.  The Boys, starring Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski, Frank Liszka, Jeff Yash, Mike Evan and Dave Morris win two PACE awards for "Best New Original Song" (In My Old Polish Town) and "Best Polish Album" (A New Day). The Boys' CD, A New Day, wins IPA's "Favorite CD/Album" award.  Mike Matousek and Mike Ziemski are voted the United States Polka Association's Favorite IJs for 2011.

2013... Full Circle hosts "Polka Cruise with the Stars VI" on the Carnival Breeze that visits Antigua, Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau.  Performers include Full Circle, The Boys, Jimmy Weber and The Sounds, and DJ Kenny Olowin.  The Boys, starring Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski, Frank Liszka, Jeff Yash, Mike Evan and Dave Morris record and release "Boysterous."  Mike Matousek and Mike Ziemski are voted the United States Polka Association's Favorite IJs for 2012.

2015...The Polka Dreams All Star Band with Frank Liszka, Mike Matousek, Richie Zebrowski, Dave Morris, Jeff Mleczko, Eddie Siwiec, and Joe Zalewski, along with the Polka Country Musicians and The Knewz perform on the"Polka Dreams at Sea" cruise on the Caribbean Princess that visits Grand Cayman, Roatan, Cozumel, and Princess Cays.  Mike Matousek receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Polka Association.  Mike Matousek, Eddie Blazonczyk Jr., John Gora, Tommy Picciano, Robbie Piatkowski, Danny Mateja, John Cieplik, Jimmy Killian, Jimmy K, Eddie Forman, Ron Urbanczyk, and Bob Wojtowicz perform on the "Punta Cana Polka Party II" trip to the all-inclusive Barcelo Punta Cana Resort.

2016...The Boys, starring Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski, Frank Liszka, Jeff Yash, Mike Evan and Dave Morris record and release  "Where The Boys Are."  Mike Matousek performs with EFO and the IPA Tribute Band on a polka cruise with John Gora and Gorale aboard the Freedom of the Seas that sailed from Port Canaveral and visited CocoCay (Bahamas), St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. 

2017...The Boys team up with The Knewz and host band Polka Country Musicians on the first Brews Cruise aboard the Norwegian Getaway that sailed from Miami and visited Roatan (Honduras), Harvest Caye (Belize), Costa Maya (Mexico), and Cozumel (Mexico).