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Zadnja Stanica

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Band description:

     Zadnja Stanica is a Croatian band based in Steelton, Pennsylvania. The group was formed in 2003 by twin brothers Mate and Petar Krpan and their childhood friend Steve Grassa. Growing up together in Steelton, a steel mill town with several ethnic European communities, the boys learned to play the tambura – the national folk instrument of the Croatian people. As they grew up in the Croatian community, the boys realized that they held a great love of the music that was an important bond for their families and friends, and that it was leading them along a path toward musical careers.

     As young men, the three friends decided to form a band that would play not only the traditional Croatian folk tunes long popular in American Croatian communities, but also the modern popular music of Croatia. The three friends began performing as Zadnja Stanica in and around Steelton. 

     Soon after their first performances, they invited their friends and former music instructors Mike Furjanic and Rick Vukmanic to join them in the band. With their mix of old and new songs and dances, Zadnja Stanica quickly became popular in other Croatian communities in the eastern United States. 

     Now playing the tambura, violin, guitar, and accordion, Zadnja Stanica performs Croatian music ranging from village folk songs and dances to modern pop music. They regularly perform at festivals, weddings, and other venues throughout North America, including New York City, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington DC, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Hamilton, Ontario.  As performing artists, they have shared the stage with Croatian singing stars Krunislav “Kico” Slabinac, Goran Karan, and most recently, Mate Bulic. 

     In the fall of  2012, Zadnja Stanica released their first CD. They are currently writing and recording their next disc, which is expected to be released in early 2014.  They are planning a tour of Croatia for the summer of 2014.

Bios:

Mate Krpan (brac, accordion, vocals) – Mate has been performing Croatian music since childhood.  He learned to play tambura as a member of both Kolo Grupa “Marian” and the St. Lawrence CFU Lodge Junior Tamburitzans, both of Steelton, Pa.  Mate is now an orchestra member of Kolo Grupa “Marian”; the St. Lawrence CFU Lodge Adult Tamburitzans, also of Steelton, Pa.; Kolo Grupa “Kardinal Stepinac” of New York, NY.; and Ensemble “Gemist”, a Croatian folklore group with members from Steelton and New York.  Mate is a member of the choir of Prince of Peace Parish of the Assumption B.V.M. Croatian Catholic Church of Steelton, Pa.  Mate has performed throughout the U.S., and in Canada, and Croatia.

Petar Krpan (bass, vocals) – Inseparable from his brother Mate, “Pere” has also been performing Croatian music since childhood.  He learned to play tambura and bass as a member of both Kolo Grupa “Marian” and the St. Lawrence CFU Lodge Junior Tamburitzans, both of Steelton, Pa.  Pere is an orchestra member of Kolo Grupa “Marian”; the St. Lawrence CFU Lodge Adult Tamburitzans; Kolo Grupa “Kardinal Stepinac” of New York, NY.; and Ensemble “Gemist”, a Croatian folklore group with members from Steelton and New York.  Pere is a member of the choir of Prince of Peace Parish of the Assumption B.V.M. Croatian Catholic Church of Steelton, Pa.  Pere has performed throughout the U.S., and in Canada, and Croatia.

Steve Grassa (bugarija, guitar, vocals) – “Kum Stipe” (Croatian: Godfather Steve) has been performing Croatian music since childhood.  He learned to play tambura as a member of both Kolo Grupa “Marian” and the St. Lawrence CFU Lodge Junior Tamburitzans, both of Steelton, Pa.  He is an orchestra member of Kolo Grupa “Marian”; Kolo Grupa “Kardinal Stepinac” of New York, NY.; and Ensemble “Gemist”, a Croatian folklore group with members from Steelton and New York.  Kum Stipe is a member of the choir of Prince of Peace Parish of the Assumption B.V.M. Croatian Catholic Church of Steelton, Pa.  Kum Stipe has performed throughout the U.S., and in Canada, and Croatia. 

 He also plays with Orchestar “Cazma”, also from Steelton, Pa., which performs a broad range of music from the Balkan region of southern Europe.

Mike Furjanic (prim, violin, vocals) – “Miko” has been performing Croatian music for over 35 years.  As a child, Miko was taught to play violin by his mother, and learned to play tambura as a member of Kolo Grupa “Marian” of Steelton, Pa.  He went on to become music director Kolo Grupa “Marian” and has held the position for 25 years.  Since age 15, he has performed with Croatian orchestras and folk ensembles throughout the U.S., and in Canada and Croatia.  Miko also plays and records with musical groups that perform styles of music ranging from classical to country and from folk to rock.

Rick Vukmanic (brac, vocals) – Rick has been performing Croatian music since childhood.  He learned to play tambura as a member of both Kolo Grupa “Marian” of Steelton, Pa. He has studied Croatian folklore extensively, both in the United States and in Croatia. He is currently director/choreographer of both Kolo Grupa “Marian” and Ensemble “Gemist”, a Croatian folklore group with members from Steelton and New York.   Rick is past director/choreographer of Kolo Grupa “Kardinal Stepinac” of New York, NY.  He is a director of the choir of Prince of Peace Parish of the Assumption B.V.M. Croatian Catholic Church of Steelton, Pa.  Rick has performed throughout the U.S., and in Canada, and Croatia.

 

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Location: Steelton, Pennsylvania


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