BUDZ-LEPSIOK "Mróz" Stanisław

born on the 1rst of April 1858 in Murzasichle,

died on the 10th of November 1943 in Poronin

musician – bagpiper, violinist


Stanisław Budz – Lepsiok also known as „Mróz” (Frost) was the most famous bagpiper in the Podhale area and shepard in Hala Mała Łąka. An icon of the Highland culture.

His music reached not only accidental, wandering passerby’s but known people from cultural circles of the interwar period in Poland, such as Jan Kasprowicz (he wrote a poem about him entitled ,,Kobziarz Mróz”), Karol Szymanowski or the ethnomusicologist Adolf Chybiński [immortalizing him with the name „wirtuoz piszczałki dwoistej” (the double pipe virtuoso) and ,,ostatni dudziarz” (the last bagpiper)]. In fact, he really was the last bagpiper to play at weddings and dance events. He was respected also for the fact that he played on złóbcoki – a traditional spindle shaped gusle from the Podhale area.

Mróz also had his input in creating the national culture, touring on concerts in Warsaw, Lviv, Berlin, Hamburg, and in 1925 along with Bartuś Obrochty’s band travelled to Paris to the World Fair (Expo). He was the co-founder of the Highlanders Community in Poronin.

In 1937, he performed at Karol Szymanowski’s funeral in Skałka. Plenty pictures of him can be found in the composers Zakopane villa – “Atma”. His unique highland type of beauty was often portrayed by artists and painters on canvas as well as photographed. A bas-relief resembling his original features can be found on his tombstone in Poronin.

The bagpipe tradition was inherited by his son Jan (who unfortunately died tragically struck by lightning on Giewont in 1937), and further on by grandsons Stanisław Budz-Mróz Junior and Władysław Trebunia-Tutka. Mróz’s daughter Ludwina–the wife of Jan Trebunia-Tutka gave birth to four sons and a daughter. All of his sons: Stanisław, Henryk, Andrzej and Władysław inherited a musical talent after their father and grandfather. Nowadays Krzysztof Trebunia-Tutka along with his band Trebunie-Tutki cultivate the family tradition led by their great grandfather and perform on shepard’s instruments.

Inbetween 1974-77,there was a band in his name (Mróz) active in Poronin.

Since 2010, during the „Poroniańskie Lato” (Poronin summer) there has been a musical review on shepard’s instruments named by Stanisław Budz-Mróz. Exactly in 2010, this slightly forgotten figure was honored with a commemorative plaque that was hung on the wall of the Communal Cultural Centre in Poronin


„Kłobuk z orlim piórem i cucha corno

Torba bacowsko na krzyz przerucono

Orli nos, a w zembak fajka

Długie włosy, śrybnom spinkom spięto kosula

Pod pazuchom tęgo koza

Ftoz to taki- cy nie znociy Lepsioka-Mroza...”

(fragm. „Dudziarz Mróz” Wł. i K.Trebunia-Tutka)


Author of the note: Krzysztof Trebunia-Tutka

Translated by: Zuzanna Wiśniewska


The most famous bagpiper of the Podhale area, he played at Karol Szymanowski’s funeral, postcard from the interwar period

The most famous bagpiper of the Podhale area, he played at Karol Szymanowski’s funeral, postcard from the interwar period