EDUCATION
2002 Califonia State University, Dominguez Hills
Master of Humanities
1995 Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
B. A. Music, Cum Laude - Performance Emphasis
1993 Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, California
Associate in Arts
1980 Dick Grove School of Music, Studio City,
California
Completion of Composing and Arranging Program
1969 Berklee School of Music, Boston, Mass.
One Year of Study (Jazz)
1968 Mesa College, San Diego, California
Two Years of Study (Music)
1966 Kearny High School, San Diego, California
Graduated General Education

Employment
2005 to present
Hearshend Family Entertainment (currently)

Bandleader, arranger, performer on the Branson Belle Showboat.

Arranger, Music Director, Conductor, Performer for the “World Music Festival Italian Show at Silver Dollar City theme park. Arrangements for Cory Pesaturo, world champion accordion player. Les Brown Band of Renown, Branson, Mo. (currently)

Music Director, Arranger, Pianist, Vocalist

Arranged shows for and performed on PBS specials.
“Branson Jubilee” “Neal McCoy Special”

Arranged and Recorded CD’s with:
Shirley Jones
The Lettermen
Jan Daley
Carrie April Tillis

Conductor for the pops concert with the Springfield Symphony.
   
1993 to 2005

College of the Redwoods, Eureka , Calif.

Associate Professor, Jazz Studies, Jazz improvisation, Jazz Orchestra, Ensembles

Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif. Lecturer, part - time, teaching class piano
and studio lessons.

Piano Accompanist for Jazz Vocal Choir, working individually with vocalists as a coach and in performances.

Big Band arranging classes teaching concepts of scoring for big band.

Free lance work in Humboldt and Trinity Counties as a private teacher, arranger and performer.

The Eureka Inn, Eureka Calif.

Entertainment director, performer.

William James Foundation, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Arts in Corrections Instructor at Pelican Bay State Prison, Crescent City, California. Responsibilities include directing inmate band and teaching jazz history and theory.

   
1980 to 1993 Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Los Angeles, Calif.

Pianist, arranger/composer, vocalist. Many performances world wide including all of the Bob Hope television specials during this period. Accompanist for many celebrities such as Glen Campbell, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr. Andy Gibb, Pat Boone, Debby Boone, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr, Johnny Cash, Buddy Defranco, Helen Forest, Horace Heidt, Bill Hollman, Waylon Jennings, Ann Jillian, Rich Little, Sammy Nestico, The Pied Pipers, The Pointer Sisters, Henry Questa, Don Rader, The Los Angeles Raider Band, and many others. Shows on CBS, NBC, ABC, KCET and TBN.

The Mizi Gaynor Show

Conductor and Pianist responsible for all rehearsals and performances. Duties included organizing musical contractors, sketching dance routines and directing the show.

University of Redlands Redlands, California

Adjunct professor of jazz teaching jazz piano, jazz history, jazz improvisation, jazz combo and big band jazz ensemble.

Staff Pianist and Organist, Los Angeles, Calif.

Staff pianist and organist for several prominent churches in the Los Angeles area such as Van Nuys Baptist, Van Nuys, United Community, Glendale and Calvary Bible,Burbank.

Free lance work in Southern California as a private teacher, arranger, conductor, producer and performer.

Lexicon Music Publishing, Canoga Park, Calif.

Editor and producer for several projects including music publishing and recording.

   
1970 to 1980

George Liberace Orchestra, Las Vegas, Nev.

Pianist with the orchestra performing in major hotels throughout California and Nevada.

Free lance work in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona as a performer with several combos.


Personal
John Raczka has a lifetime career in music beginning in 1965. During those years he has worked as a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, vocalist and accordionist with many musicians and performers including Les Brown, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope, Glen Campbell, Bill Hollman, Henry Questa, Buddy Defranco, Johnny Cash, Mel Torme and countless others. His writing and performing have been featured on many television shows on NBC, CBS, PBS and ABC.

John has also worked as a professor in several U.S. Colleges and Universities teaching jazz theory, jazz history, jazz piano and jazz arranging. He holds a Masters degree in Humanities and a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance. John is currently writing and performing for Herschend Family Entertainment in Branson Missouri and is a featured accordion player in several shows. He is also the music director for Les Brown’s Band of Renown.
 
Contact
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(417) 331 - 1141



Notes from the arranger/composer for each accordion piece of this large catalog of many different styles and types of accordion music by John D. Raczka:

raczka201 - 12 German Dances No.1
raczka202 - 12 German Dances No.2
raczka203 - 12 German Dances No.3
raczka204 - 12 German Dances No.4
raczka205 - 12 German Dances No.5
raczka206 - 12 German Dances No.6
raczka207 - 12 German Dances No.7
raczka208 - 12 German Dances No.8
raczka209 - 12 German Dances No.9
raczka210 - 12 German Dances No.10
raczka211 - 12 German Dances No.11
raczka212 - 12 German Dances No.12
raczka213 - Around The World
raczka214 - Arrivederci, Roma
raczka215 - Ballin' The Jack
raczka216 - Bartered Bride Polka
raczka217 - Beer Barrel Clarinet Polka
raczka218 - Brian O'Linn
raczka219 - C'est Si Bon
raczka220 - Chinatown
raczka221 - Come To The Sea
raczka222 - Danny Boy
raczka223 - Emily
raczka224 - Fly To The Moon
raczka225 - Gentle Rain
raczka226 - In Dublin's Fair City
raczka227 - Isn't It Romantic
raczka228 - Jitterbug Waltz
raczka229 - La Vie En Rose
raczka230 - Lonely Banna
raczka231 - Lover
raczka232 - Mary From Dungloe
raczka233 - Missouri Waltz
raczka234 - Muirsheen Durkin
raczka235 - Non Sei Tu
raczka236 - Old Maid In The Garret
raczka237 - Santa Lucia
raczka238 - Scarborough Fair
raczka239 - Sous Le Ciel De Paris
raczka240 - Spinningwheel Song
raczka241 - St. Anne's Reel
raczka242 - Swing Gitane
raczka243 - Swing Valse
raczka244 - Tenderly
raczka245 - That's A' Plenty
raczka246 - The Foggy Dew
raczka247 - The Leaving Of Liverpool
raczka248 - Tico Tico
raczka249 - Torna A Sorrento
raczka250 - Try To Remember
raczka251 - Washington and Lee Swing
raczka252 - Watch What Happens


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