National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
An effective sideman is more than a good instrumentalist--he's a musical mindreader,
endowed with an inner sense that can pick up on any band's style. That's what's made
Dick "King" Kuciemba one of the most versatile team-players in Cleveland-style bands.
Dick formed his own band in high school and soon became one of Cleveland's experienced
and reliable sidemen, doing stints with Eddie Buehner, Chuck Smith, Ernie Benedict,
Eddie Stampfl and other greats. He recorded with Ray Budzilek and Johnny Pecon. Moving
to Michigan in 1972, Dick joined the Andy Nester Band and, later, the Eddie Adamic
Orchestra, recording with both and touring Europe. Dick is also at home with mainstream
dancebands and the Polish polka sound. He has backed up the nationally-known Jimmy
Sturr as well as Ray Budzilek.