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Bar-Room Buzzards


Jazz and blues band the Bar-Room Buzzards originally formed in 1966, founded by co-leaders Paul Preston and Jim Koteras. Forty-odd years later the band continues to entertain audiences in the Western New York region. The quartet has performed at Jazz and blues Festivals in New Orleans, San Diego, Savannah, Georgia, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Ohio, as well as at numerous concerts and events throughout New York State.

For 26 years the band enjoyed an association with the nationally televised Mark Russell Comedy Specials aired on Channel 17 in Buffalo, New York, including many on-camera appearances.

The current lineup of the Bar-Room Buzzards is:

  • Paul Preston on clarinet and soprano sax
  • Lewis Custode on trumpet
  • Warren Stirtzinger on guitar and banjo
  • Paul Zapalowski on bass and tuba.

The quartet began it’s long career with a three-year tenure at the old Speakeasy Restaurant in Niagara Falls, New York, followed by a four-year run at the famous Showboat, which was moored at the foot of Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, New York. In 1975 the Buzzards began an association with the Miss Buffalo Cruise Lines that spanned 28 years. Their summer activities also include concerts at various suburban outdoor stage areas, including Orchard Park, West Seneca, Grand Island, Tonawanda, Niagara Falls and Amherst.

Buzzards Inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame!

The Bar-Room Buzzards were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame on September 26, 2002 at the 19th Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Tralfamadore Cafe in Buffalo, New York, in recognition of their 40-year career.

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