2015 Nebraska Music Hall of Fame Inductees – Bud Comte & Renee Sound Studio

Bud Comte (L) receives his induction by Nebraska Music Hall of Fame founder Jim Casey!
Bud Comte (L) receives his induction by Nebraska Music Hall of Fame founder Jim Casey!








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.

2 Replies to “2015 Nebraska Music Hall of Fame Inductees – Bud Comte & Renee Sound Studio”

  1. Awesome….Bud is so deserving and a great fella to boot! Looking forward to Recording in Renee Studio w/Bud and Ryan later this year and in 2017!

  2. We are still mourning the loss of Bud Comte, it is good to review (click on link below) The life of a Rural Nebraska music icon.

    This ancient song below, is very fitting:

    4 “O LORD, make me know my end

    and what is the measure of my days;

    let me know how fleeting I am!

    5 Behold,
    you have made my days a few handbreadths,

    and my lifetime is as nothing before you.

    Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!


    6 Surely a man goes about as a shadow!

    Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;

    man heaps up wealth
    and does not know who will gather!

    7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?

    My hope is in you.

    8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.

    Do not make me the scorn of the fool!

    9 I am mute;

    I do not open my mouth,
    for it is you who have done it.

    10 Remove your stroke from me;
    I am spent by the hostility of your hand.

    11 When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin,

    you consume like a moth what is dear to him;

    surely all mankind is a mere breath!


    12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD,
    and give ear to my cry;

    hold not your peace at my tears!

    For I am a sojourner with you, a guest,

    like all my fathers.

    13 Look away from me,
    that I may smile again,

    before I depart and am no more!”

    – Psalm 39:4-13

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