Bud Hundenski, of Coraopolis Pennsylvania, started the Corsairs band in 1967. Since then, the group has performed across the United States and in Canada. Bud features the “big band” sound of Polka music with a trumpet and sax section reminisant of the big band sound of the late 40’s.
Polka Bandleader Bud Hundenski 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.
There is no secret to the band’s enduring success; it is quite simple – musical consistency. 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. Their clean-sounding trumpets, articulate clarinet & sax work along with that thunderous driving rhythm section, touched off with the Polish vocals, make their sound distinct and one that stands out today from the others, and cannot be duplicated!
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 lastest release “Resurgence”, which garnered them PACE (Polka America Corporation Excellence) honors for “Polka Album of the Year”!
In addition to the bands’ travel, Bud maintains a busy schedule by composing and arranging the music, as well as overseeing his own publishing company, comprised of his original copyrighted selections. A sports enthusiant, Bud’s hobbies have included playing ice hockey in the winter and golf in the summer.
Be sure to catch their next live appearance, as these “Power Packed Polkas” are sure to energize you, as evidenced by their live and studio recordings now for more than 4 decades.