From big-tent fests to intimate receptions, the exciting sound of The Frankfurters has been enjoyed since 1982 by audiences all across the Northeast United States and southern Ontario, as well as throughout the German-speaking regions of Europe. During their overseas tour of 1987, The Frankfurters thrilled crowds with their special brand of entertainment in shows at the Casino in Luzern, Switzerlan, the Kongress Salle in Innsbruck, Austria, in Munich, Germany's  venerable Augustiner Keller, and on stage in the world famous HOFBRÄHAUS! They have performed in the Catskills including at the German Alps Festival at Hunter Mountain, New York, and Riedlbauer Resort at Round Top as well as elsewhere in New York, Pennsylvania and New England.

 

THE BAND

 

  Jim Pace - Tuba

 

Jim Pace
Tuba, Electric Bass, and Vocals
Jim performs with a wide variety of musical groups including the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Brass Quintet, the Brewmeisters Dixieland Band, and cello with the Allegro Strings. He also plays the fife in a Civil War reenacting fife and drum corps. In
The Frankfurters, Jim is also featured on the Swiss Alphorn. Jim earned his bachelor's degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia, his master's from the University at Buffalo and also studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Graz, Austria.  He is the retired orchestra director at Lake Shore Senior High School.

 

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Matt Miraglia

Trumpet and Flügelhorn

Matt is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In addition to The Frankfurters, Matt performs professionally with the Buffalo Brass Quintet and the Clarence Summer Orchestra. He has also been the principal trumpet with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Matt is the band director at Hamburg Middle School.

  

                                                                          

  Seppl Bernard - Clarinet

 

 

Joseph “Seppl” Bernard
Clarinet, Saxophone, and Vocals
Seppl plays lead alto saxophone in the Hamburg Village Band as well as tenor saxophone in the Erie County Wind Ensemble. Seppl is a valued member of many professional orchestras and bands throughout the Buffalo area including his own popular group, The Pyramid Big Band. In The Frankfurters, Seppl also plays the Bavarian Cowbells.

 

   

 

William "Woody" Izydorczak

Accordion and Vocals
Woody has been playing the accordion for over 50 years.  He has taken formal lessons for only 3 of those years; one being with famed accordionist Johny Johnson from the "Dialing for Dollars" television show.  Since then he has "learned by doing" and has become a world class performer.  He has played with his own band ("The Bill Wylliams Band") for 33 years along with the "Rare Vintage" band.  When not playing the accordion Woody is a self employed plumber in Attica.

  Woody Izydorczak - accordian

                                                                                   
                                    
       

 Paul Pfitzinger - Baritone

 

 

Paul “Pfitz” Pfitzinger
Baritone Horn,Trombone, and Vocals
Pfitz has been playing in German bands since 1972. He also played Dixieland trombone with 23 Skidoo and the French Quartet. In addition to his unique brand of humor, Pfitz adds the “singing saw” to The Frankfurters
' Bavarian show.


 

 

Mitch Quick 

Drums and Vocals

Mitch began his musical career in his early teens with a rock and roll band. From the late sixties to the present, Mitch has been involved in various aspects of theatre productions in the Western New York area, including acting, technical direction,and video production. In demand as a sound technician, Mitch mixed several previous Frankfurter recordings along with the acclaimed “Schallplattenfest” recording.

Mitch Quick - Drums 


 

 

 

THE SOUND GUYS

  Mark Percy - Soundman

 

Mark Percy, aka Deutsch Mark

Mark started out as a bass player in a garage band but quickly graduated to rhythm guitar because it required less talent. Along the way the tone deaf, colorblind and talent-free musician realized he'd be better off behind the curtains running lights and sound. With a Science Education degree from UB he began working at Williamsville North, where he has been the stage crew advisor for many years and has fooled countless parents and administrators into thinking that he knows what he's doing. Lack of business and common sense led to The Frankfurters bringing Mark and Bill on full time.


 

Bill Ross, aka Wilhelm Dieter, aka Mark's sub
Wilhelm began his career wrestling professionally under the guise of The Hypnotist in the mid-1980's. He quickly gained the attention of uber-fan Aaron Spelling, and was cast in the lead of Alois in the popular night time jiggle-TV soap opera The Schnickelgrubers.  After a bizarre in-ring accident left him inexplicably unable to speak German, he became a sound technician for the short-lived Austrian hardcore band The Waldheims. In addition to his work with
The Frankfurters, Will is a live recording enthusiast and schnizel pounder in Kaisertown.

  Bill Ross - Soundman

 

                       

 

OUR SUBS

                        

                    Stan Drobnich                   Dick Riederer                Dick Sowinski    

                             

                  Jimmy Turner               Bob "Beans" King                Kenny Peek