IRENE & BOB

Leaders

Irene & Bob

Married In Lowell, MA,
July 29, 1962,
while Bob in military. 
On discharge,
resided in Dracut, MA
where the first rehearsals of the
band were located.
Have 2 children, a son David
and daughter Tanya,
and 2 grandchildren,
James and Justin.
Moved to and currently reside in
Pelham, New Hampshire
May 1972.

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IRENE
JARACZ

Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts.  Began music lessons in 1949 on accordion and plays piano, organ, drums and some clarinet.  Played first “job”  in 1954 with the Johnny Pudlo orchestra (Lowell, MA) filling in for her accordion teacher.  Founder of the Polkateens an all teenage group (Lowell, MA), and remained until 1959.  Played drums for the all girl orchestra The Polkarettes (Lowell, MA) from 1959-1962 and again form 1965-1971.  After holding many secretarial, administrative and managerial positions as a federal employee with the United States Air Force, culminated a very successful career and retired (June 2000) after 40 years service.  As Co-Leader of the band, responsible for all uniforms and the appearance of the band and the sales of recordings and promotional goods, T-Shirts, etc.  Also acts as tour guide on Travel Club trips.

Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts.  Began music lessons in 1954 on Accordion.  Also plays Tenor Saxophone.  In 1955 was asked by “Irene” Pare to join a band called The Polkateens.  Performed with the Polkateers (Lowell, MA) 1957-1961, Kings Knights 1961-1965 (Charleston, SC/While in Military), Aristocrats (Lowell, MA), 1965-1968, Polkateers 1968-1971.    Currently self employed.  Owner/Manager, Unlimited Sales of NH, a commercial dealer and supplier of business forms and printing.  Owner/Manager Sound-A-bouts Travel Club, an independent tour operator specializing in motor coach tours, hotel weekends, vacation trips and other events associated with the polka industry.
As leader of the band, responsible for bookings & promotions, equipment & transportation, and musical selections.


BOB JARACZ


LARRY KISZKA

Began music lessons on clarinet.  Also plays alto and tenor saxophone.  Started playing professionally in 1956.  Has performed with the Eddie Walenta Orchestra (CT), The Aristocrats (Lowell, MA) and The Ray Henry and Al Soyka orchestras.  Larry is also 1st clarinetist with the Seacoast Wind Ensemble in Durham, NH.  Has recorded once with the Eddie Walenta Orchestra.  Larry currently resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts with his wife Florence, has a son, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  Larry is now retired after 35 years as an engineer with Bell Labs in No. Andover, MA, and has begun a photo restoration business at home.
Been With The Sound-A-bouts since 1993.


BOB PARLEE

After a long and dedicated commitment
to the band dating back to the 70's,
Susan and Bob are now on hiatus from the band taking a break from their musical careers to spend time with their family.


SUSAN PARLEE


JOE
LARO


Began playing drums in 1970.  Performed for the first time with the Benny
Olenick Orchestra (MA) in 1974 at the age of 13, and performed with the
Happy Louie Orchestra from 1979 to 1981.  On graduating from Berklee College
of  Music's Diploma program in 1981, joined the U.S. Air Force and performed
with Tops in Blue from 1982 to 1983 and was involved in the rescue of
American hostages in Grenada in 1983 while attached to 836th Air Commando
Squadron.  Returned to Massachusetts in 1998 and began working as a court
stenographer in Salem, MA., meanwhile  filling in with various orchestras to
include, the late Marion Lush, Happy Louie Orchestra, Polka Family, Swinging
Brass and the Sound-A-bouts.  Joe currently resides in Peabody, MA,  with
his wife Stacey and their three children Nicholas, Serena. & Joe Jr.  Has
been with the Sound-A-bouts full time since October 2000.
 

 

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