Returning to New York Bauduc joined Ben Pollack's revised outfit, taking over for Pollack on drums. He stayed with Pollack until 1934, when he and a group of fellow disgruntled bandmates broke off to form what was to become the Crosby Orchestra. His particular style of drumming found a home in the new group, where he remained the driving force behind the band's music until it disbanded in 1942 when he was drafted.
Bauduc served in the U.S. Army Artillery Band until November of 1944. Upon his discharge he and former Crosby group leader Gil Rodin formed a short-lived big band. Bauduc toured with a septet in 1946 and also worked in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra from August to October of the year. In early 1947 he joined Bob Crosby's new group, leaving in 1948 to play with Jimmy Dorsey, where he stayed for the next two years. He freelanced on the West Coast for a couple of years before joining Jack Teagarden in 1952.
In 1955 he formed a band with fellow Crosby alumnus Nappy Lamare. The new outfit found considerable success, touring nationally and recording several albums. He retired to Bellaire, Texas, in the early 1960s, though he appeared occasionally at Crosby Orchestra reunions and worked with Pud Brown on several recordings. Ray Bauduc passed away in 1988.