The New Direction Band


        Band Members

   

Jim Raczkowski - co-founder" and "co-leader" of The New Direction Band, pointed the band in a new direction, does a lot of talking as our MC, sings all the pretty song, tells some jokes and plays drums. Jim spent almost 25 years with City Side and has been nominated for USPA and IPA male vocalist of the year and is featured on all three of our CD's. If you'd like to book the band for your next party or event give Jim a call at 716.896-9063.

Ron Urbanczyk - the other "co-founder" and "co-leader" of the band, he is the business manager, handles the promotions and communications for the band and plays Concertina,  bass guitar and some accordion and keyboard. Sings and helps out with the MC work. Ron played with The Jolly Jesters, Pole-Cats, BCAS, Honky Hoppers, The Bedrock Boys and City Side. He's recorded seven CD's, producing four and authored a couple of books, wrote a lot of songs and even wrote, produced and directed the musical, Stas and Stella's  Mostly Traditional Polish Wedding  a Dinner Theatre.  Ron has escorted Buffalo polka fans on Caribbean Cruises, All Inclusive Polka Parties to Aruba, St. Maartens and Punta Cana, tours to Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic and bus trips the Adirondack Polka Festival and Polka Motion by the Ocean.  

Ron was inducted into the BUFFALO MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2011 and the WORLD CONCERTINA CONGRESS HALL OF FAME in 2016. 

               

 

Bob Krupka aka Flash - Our trumpet player. provides lead vocals and backup vocals (the journeyman in the band because he's played with so many bands (Musical Knights, New York Sound, Wanda & Stephanie, Happy Richie, City Side & Jersey Polka Richie). Flash is well recognized and a respected Honky Style trumpet player in the polka industry.) Bob has recorded on eleven cd's with bands from Buffalo to Miami.

  

Frank Zeczak - a long time musician with many talents, he plays the clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, guitar, bass, accordion, drums and even does some singing. Frank also writes the musical arrangements for the band. Frank has recorded five CD's. A long time musician in the Buffalo area, sometimes called Country Frank because he grew up on a farm out in Arcade, NY.  He's a college professor and a Baptist minister too.  Pastor Frank  has his own web site at www.polishpraise.com Frank also has a long resume playing with the Pole Cats, Honky Hoppers, Buffalo Concertina All-Stars and the Nickle City Notes before joining New Direction.

   

Gene  Rzeznik- we are  excited for the return of one of our original band members a veteran musician who plays bass guitar, lead guitar and brings his special talents and vocals to the band. Geno has recorded on five CD's and played Fr. Eugene in Stas and Stella's Mostly Traditional Polish Wedding, his band experience includes stints with the Dynatones, Happy Richie, Bedrock Boys, JR 5 and City Side. 

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