Accordionist; Bandleader. Dick Wickman formed his first band around 1939 in Nebraska shortly before entering the service during World War II.
After the service he tried his hand at running a business but the musician in him was dying to break free. He formed another band in the early 50's, but was not successful.
In 1959, he formed his third and final band which proved to be his most successful. The band's style was based on that of bands like Guy Lombardo and Jan Garber. Dick played accordion with the band on many numbers. Vocals were handled by Don Hamsa (1st trombone and arranger) and Orville Von Seggern (tuba and string bass), who's brother Duane played baritone sax and clarinet in the band.
The following year, Dick created his own record company called "Wick Records" and began releasing recordings by his orchestra on that label. The Don Sears Recording Studios in Omaha were used to record these albums.
From 1964-1970, the band had its own TV Show on KOLN - Lincoln, Nebraska called "The Dick Wickman Show." The band appeared yearly at New York's famous Roseland Dance City from about 1964-1971. Weekly broadcasts from Roseland via The CBS Radio Network brought the band into millions of homes across the country and further popularized his music.
In the mid-1970's, Dick took the baton of the Jan Garber Orchestra and continued to direct it until about 1985. His orchestra along with many of his arrangements were turned over to the Von Seggern Brothers. In the late 70's, the Von Seggern Brothers split, and Orville kept the band, changing the name from "The Von Seggern Bros. Orchestra" to "Orville Von Seggern And His Orchestra." He still leads his band to this day.
In 1986, Dick Wickman began directing Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, which he was doing when cancer took his life a year later.
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