Bruce Yakoweshen

Drums and Percussion

Bruce has been playing the drums for over 50 years, an interest that began when he was only 5 years old.  He purchased his first real drum kit at age 13 and played at his first official wedding at age 15 with his Uncle James Danyluik and The Mark IV. The Yakoweshens have a musical history that has been carried through four generations. His grandfather Nick Yakoweshen was a drummer, and his father Bob Mason is an excellent accordion player who had his own band The Playmates. Today Bruce’s son Bobby is an excellent drummer and has his own band, Millenia. Bruce’s excellence in drumming came from his experience in playing with many accomplished musicians and bands:  The Mello Tones, Altones, and Joe Hrycyk and the Starlites. He was also a fill-in drummer a few times with (yes!!! Millenia) Victor Holubowich and the Royalites, The Playboys, Metro Radomsky Orchestra, Jimmy Wacko, and Alex Maduck. He also recorded a CD with John Bandura, recorded a CD with The Diamonds Band, and also played with The Cimmerons, to name a few. In 1996 and 1997, Bruce had the distinct privilege of playing with Joe Schultz and the Western Senators, along with backing up “America’s Polka King” the late Frankie Yankovic from Cleveland, Ohio and Joey Miskulin of Nashville, Tennessee at the Annual Accordion Festival in Kimberly B.C.  Bruce also played along with other great musicians such as The D-Drifters, as well as “Canada’s Polka King” Walter Ostanek. In June of 2004, Bruce joined Ernie Shupenia and The Prairie Rose Band, and enjoyed every minute of those 9 years. He was also part of two CDs with the band. In 2013 Bruce started the band 5 Star.