Steve Zegar

Steve Zegar

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Steve Zegar
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Steve Zegar began playing tambura at the age of 9 along with his brother Marty at the request of his parents, Joe and Mary Zegar. His junior tamburitzan years were spent with the Mestrovic Junior Tamburitzans and Biddle Junior Tamburitzans. In addition, he was one of the original members of the Golden Triangle Junior Tamburitzans. He considers himself lucky to have had such knowledgeable instructors, such as Matt Vlasic, Charlie Vuich, Ivan Babich, and Hall of Fame member, Joseph Grcevich.

While in his teens, Steve, Marty, Dan Puhala, and Dan Derdich formed Jorgovan and played for many functions in the Ohio Valley. He received his college education under full scholarship at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a member of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. Steve was an instrumentalist and vocalist with the Tamburitzans for four years as they traveled throughout the United States and parts of Europe and was featured on a number of Tamburitzan recordings. While he was in the Tamburitzans, he formed strong friendships with many musicians that have lasted to this day.

One of those friendships was with Steve Vesolich. He joined the Steve Vesolich Orchestra and a very popular long-play record album was produced during their time together.

Steve went on to form the Cigani Tamburitza Orchestra. Cigani was one of the most innovative and talented groups within the past 30 years of American tambura history. Some of the great tamburitza artists who played with Cigani through the years were Jim Kopriva, George Salopek, Bob Vukic, Mike Kruljac, Bill Yurkovac, Tom Vesolich, Mike Klanac, and Ron Herak. Steve was also honored to have been able to play with his very good friend, Ken Herak, one of the greatest tamburitza musicians and vocalists of this or any era. Cigani played for picnics, clubs, weddings, concerts, christenings, and dances in the eastern half of the United States and also traveled as far west as Seattle, Washington. Cigani strived to develop their own distinctive style with innovative vocal and instrumental arrangements. Five popular long-play albums and one cassette were produced and many of the songs on these recordings still remain very popular.

Under the name of the Alcon Recording Orchestra, Steve, along with Jerry Grcevich, Mike Klanac, and George Salopek, recorded a double album of kolos that are still used in dance instruction. The double album was made at the Alcon Recording Studio in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The studio was owned by Tom Ross, who was responsible for recording the first three Cigani albums. He was a good friend and mentor up until his untimely death.

He also made two albums with another good friend and wonderful singer, Darlene Licina. It was during these recording sessions that he experimented with arranging and adding instrumental and vocal parts himself. He was particularly proud of one number, Jeleno Momo Jeleno, that was done only with cellos, braćs, and vocals.

After Cigani, Steve enjoyed his time spent as a member of Dunav of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, with Steve Kaurich, Albin Abramovich, Pero Esapovich, and Bob Susnjer. He also played for many years with the famous Plavi Mjesec Orchestra of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and it was with Plavi Mjesec that Steve got to play with Dušan Saula, Sam Saula, Mark Phillips, Ed Milovac, Bill Yurkovac, Jim Kopriva, Mike Sandelich, Hall of Fame member Danny Kukich, and Frank Valentich, also a Hall of Fame member and master tambura maker.

Presently, Steve is with Tamburitza Orchestra Selo. Bob Vukic arranged a reunion of members of Cigani. Tamburitza Orchestra Selo came about as a result of the reunion and started out with Steve Wagner, Jim Kopriva, Tom Vesolich, Bob Vukic, and Steve Zegar. As work demands became heavier, Selo evolved and present members are Steve Zegar, Jim Kopriva, Kelly Muchnok, Tom Vesolich, and Frank Valentich. Selo has produced one CD, which is a good mixture of old and newer songs.

Steve has always enjoyed attending and performing at the Tamburitza Extravaganzas. He is honored to be inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America Hall of Fame.
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Vocals

54&55 Duquesne University Tamburitzans Kad Ja Pojdah Na Bembašu (When I Went To Bembaš) (Bosnian Folk Song) Duquesne University Tamburitzans - Svadba(LP, Album) Du-Tam 54&55 US 1973 Sell This Version
LPMJ-921 Steve Vesolich And His Tamburitza Orchestra Sliku Tvoje Ljubim and 2 more… Steve Vesolich And His Tamburitza Orchestra - Steve Vesolich And His Tamburitza Orchestra(LP, Album) Marjon International Records LPMJ-921 US 1975 Sell This Version
58/59 Duquesne University Tamburitzans Duquesne University Tamburitzans - Živio(LP, Album) Du-Tam 58/59 US 1975 Sell This Version
1002-2 Duquesne University Tamburitzans Duquesne University Tamburitzans - The Best Of The Duquesne University Tamburitzans Volume 2 - Zabava / Sviraj Tamburaši(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) DUT 1002-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
DUT-1004 Duquesne University Tamburitzans Two Dalmatian Songs (Od Susaka Pa Do Lipe Boke & Koliko Te Ljubim ) and 2 more… Duquesne University Tamburitzans - The Best Of The Duquesne University Tamburitzans Volume 4 - In Concert / Rukovet(CD, Album, Comp) DU-Tam DUT-1004 US 2002 Sell This Version
none Orkestar Cigani Orkestar Cigani - Orkestar Cigani(Cass, Album) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version
56/57 Duquesne University Tamburitzans Tebi, Grade Moj (as S. Zegar) and 2 more… Duquesne University Tamburitzans - Zabava(LP, Album) DU-Tam 56/57 US Unknown Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

LPMJ-921 Steve Vesolich And His Tamburitza Orchestra Steve Vesolich And His Tamburitza Orchestra - Steve Vesolich And His Tamburitza Orchestra(LP, Album) Marjon International Records LPMJ-921 US 1975 Sell This Version
GS-102 Orkestar Cigani Orkestar Cigani - Orkestar Cigani(LP, Album) Not On Label (Orkestar Cigani Self-released) GS-102 US 1982 Sell This Version
CS8588 Orkestar Cigani Orkestar Cigani - Orkestar Cigani(LP, Album) Not On Label (Orkestar Cigani Self-released) CS8588 US 1984 Sell This Version
1002-2 Duquesne University Tamburitzans Duquesne University Tamburitzans - The Best Of The Duquesne University Tamburitzans Volume 2 - Zabava / Sviraj Tamburaši(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) DUT 1002-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Orkestar Cigani Orkestar Cigani - Orkestar Cigani(Cass, Album) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version
A 2LIS, ML-1005 Rudy Vincent Rudy Vincent - With Love(LP, Album) One "M" Records, One "M" Records A 2LIS, ML-1005 US Unknown Sell This Version