Bud began his musical career with the family when his father, Albert, an accomplished marimba player, returned from work each day at 5 pm. Sister Virginia on piano, Bud on the drums and Albert on the marimba would often see neighbors gathering on their lawn to enjoy these free concerts.
By 5th grade, Bud was playing trumpet and playing for school dances with the family band. His drumming led to a stint with the Tommy Hilton Orchestra by age 16, the Gib Lueken Orchestra, as well as playing with a small group of local musicians called the Dinky Doos through the mid-to-late 1940s.
After graduating from high school Bud moved to David City, Nebraska, where he revived the Dinky Doos with local musicians there. This led to the formation of Bud’s dance band which became the Bud Comte Orchestra, a nine piece group that played throughout the Midwest through the 1950s to the mid 1980s. Bud’s Orchestra played their final concert on December 31, 1985, with their final song, “Good Night Ladies”, leaving off the final note ( a long-standing orchestral tradition.
Due to his vast experience in the music industry, Bud was approached for a management position by other artists, including fellow Hall of Fame inductees, Ernie & the Countrymen. This also led to his starting Rene (later Renee) Sound Studio in the mid 1960s where he could record promotional demo material and eventually producing commercial release for several artists for the next several years…an enterprise that continues today through his children’s children.
Bud even brought together a group of musicians called Country with a Touch of Brass which was featured on a 26 episode television program call Country Showcase.