Frank Gubala Sr. formed his first bands in the late 1950's and appeared with his 9 member group at many balls and gala's throughout the Boston area. The band broadcasted live on WPAW, WFCI, WOON, WNRI, WALE in R.I. and Massachusetts and drew large crowd when performing "pop" and Polka music. Frank holds a Master's degree in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is married to Carol (Wolan) of Salem, Ma. who is the daughter of the well known RCA recording artist, Shep Wolan who received a special award from the International Polka Hall of Fame. Frank's son and grandson, Frank Gubala II& III are co-producers of music in Cape Coral, Florida.
Frankie Gubala and the Polka Fun Band enjoyed prominence on hundreds of polka radio programs in the United States and is well known for the New England style of Polka and Obereks. As arranger, songwriter, music educator, music producer, Frank carries many years of diversified professionalism. His recordings on Tiffany, Stella, and Rex labels include some well known selections like the Chelsea Hop Polka, Ice Cubes and Beer, Zosia Polka, Don't Be Sorry Polka and many more that rewarded the band with great popularity amongst dancers and listeners alike. His wife Carol is featured singing and playing tambourine, and her brother Bob Wolan of North Shore Massachusetts fame is linked to his albums. A selection titled "Don't Be Sorry Polka" features the duet voices of Frank and his wife Carol which was composed by his in-laws, Shep and Katherine Wolan. It will be forthcoming in their third release coming out shortly.
His daughter, Natalie Gubala Magdon hosts a Polka Fun Radio Show on Radio WTBQ-AM each Sunday morning at 10:00AM, and is married to polka drummer, Michael Magdon of Olyphant, Pa. She is a staunch polka advocate and promoter with the Polka Jammer Network on the internet.
Frank is considered an excellent accordionist, and his brother Bobbie Gubala provides the band with a great and dynamic beat that is hard driving. The excitement that is generated by the artist and the excellent musicianship gives drive and energy to his music. He started his music studies in Pawtucket, RI at the age of six, and now retired, enjoys producing music. According to Frank, "we need to encourage young people with talent to study and explore this great gift that is God given". Frank led many concert bands in the Town of Millis, Massachusetts, 20 miles west of Boston. He performed for the John Kennedy Presidential Campaign,and the well known Senator Pell of R.I. loved dancing to the sound of his band and music. His current avocation is producing music with son Frank II and grandson Frank III.
He is working on publishing a legend, "The Stolen Tears", a romantic love story that takes place near the Baltic Sea and will presented in video and IBook form in the very near future. The story is enchanting, and the composition, Stolen Tears Serenade captures the emotional sadness of the mysterious legend that he fabricated. Frank, being quite creative, loves story telling, and this will be abridged in a short narration also.
It is obvious that Frank keeps family members in top form, and his bonus release of the "Stolen Tears Serenade" is performed and arranged by his Grammy nominated cousin, and former pupil, Todd Urbonas. As Frank says in Polish, "Na Zrodwie and Sto Lat", or to your health, and may you live 100 years.