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Bud & The Corsairs

Polka Bandleader Bud was born in Canonsburg, Pa.

Bud & The Corsairs

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Polka Bandleader Bud was born in Canonsburg, Pa., the same birthplace of Bobby Vinton and Perry Como. At the age of 9, Bud began to take accordion lessons, studying privately with first an Italian virtuoso soloist, and then a Polish disciplinarian. During his school years he continued to win amateur solo contests, although his devotion was sometimes distracted by his love for playing baseball, hockey, and football. Musical engagements were played during high school with a trio that Bud had formed. Upon graduation a decision had to be reached, whether to pursue a professional baseball carreer, or become a bandleader. After a stint in the US Marine Corps, “Bud Hundenski and the Corsairs” became a reality.

Unique is the fact that this 8-piece band still consistantly performs live as it has on record, with the majority of all Bud’s high-quality musicians having been with the band for over a quarter of a century. Solid performances night in and night out are the band’s trademark, with that hard driving beat. The band has featured the most professional musicians over the years, as well as Hall of Fame vocalists such as the “Clown Prince of Polkas”- Walt Solek, later Matt Wasielewski, and currently the vocal mastery of Eddie Biegaj, featured on the band’s latest release “Resurgence”, which garnered them PACE (Polka America Corporation Excellence) honors for “Polka Album of the Year”!

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