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Chris Maruzzelli (Lead Vocals, Guitar & Percussion)

Chris spent his childhood banging on pots and pans.  His folks finally broke down and acquired an old beaten up drum set when he was four years old.  The next ten years were spent practicing every day.  While in middle school, the sax proved to be a great way to learn to read some music, while always playing the drum-set in a jazz band. At age 16, Chris began spending his Friday and Saturday nights behind the drums in local clubs and bars.  By age 20 he had begun to sing lead vocals and learn the guitar.  Chris has performed professionally for over 30 years as both a drummer and singer/ guitar player.  Past bands include Dead LettersWAX, and McNothing, (a pop-duo).  Chris also played drums for Jimmy Harnen, (singer/ songwriter) who wrote the 1980’s Top-10 hit “Where Are You Now“. While always performing in contemporary acts, amRadio provides Chris a portal to his childhood.  When asked about the sudden change in musical direction, Chris said, “It’s great to finally be able to perform all of the music my father played on his record player when I was a child.  I learned to play the drums to an old jukebox in my basement.  From the Eagles and Chicago to Blood, Sweat, and Tears, it’s all etched in my bones.  Playing this stuff now is like opening an old vault full of treasures.”

Joelle Witner (Vocals & Percussion)

Joelle’s first solo was “On the Good Ship Lollipop” at age four. She has been performing ever since. She spent most of high school enjoying chorus and marching band and went on to Wilkes University to pursue music. She is the former lead vocalist of  “Twelve-Twenty Four”,  (Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute group) in the NEPA.  She is the co-founder of the PA Theatre of Performing Arts and Backstage Production Ensemble in Hazleton, Pa. She is director and owner of Drama in Motion School of Performing Arts and teaches voice for DeMelfi School of Music and MMI Prep School. She is a member of PA Music Teacher National Association where she co-chairs Carnegie Hall performance auditions annually at Marywood College in Scranton, Pa. She is the head talent judge for Talent Explosion Performing Arts Competition annually in Harrisburg, Pa, and has been judging competitions for 15 years.  

Dave Abraham (Lead Guitar & Vocals)

Dave has been performing for over 35 years.  Dave was a founding member of the national recording act “SYNCH”.  Dave has written many songs and has performed on their hit single “Where Are You Now” which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1989.  Dave also has ties with Nashville and the music industry throughout the Northeast. He has performed with many bands throughout the region and he holds advanced degrees from Wilkes College.  

Chuck Pirone (Drums and Percussion)

Chuck has played drums for over 50 years (wow !!).  He grew up in the Pittsburgh area where he played with some popular big bands throughout the area.   Chuck holds degrees from Clarion University, Marywood University & the University of Scranton. Chuck was an instrumental music teacher in the Tunkhannock school district from 1981-1998 and has played with several bands in the NEPA area and in New York.   He was also an Elementary School Principal in the Elk Lake School District from 1998-2013. Chuck was a founding member and past President of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair as well as Lt. Governor for Division 15 of Kiwanis International. He teaches private drum lessons and enjoys photography, hiking, and kayaking.

Dave Cooper (Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals)

Dave has been a professional musician for the past 45 years playing in everything from symphony orchestras and musical theater to rock bands and has been a high school music teacher and band director since 1974. Dave began his musical career singing in the Church choir in elementary school and learned to play the guitar at the age of 13.  He majored in Music Education at Wilkes University and is a retired band director from the Elk Lake High School.  He has worked as a musical arranger for dozens of high school marching bands and percussion ensembles.  He is a member of the National Judges Association and judges high school musical groups from all over the Northeast United States.

Bill Walling (Bass Guitar and Vocals)
Bill began playing in his early teens at school dances and private parties. After winning the sound-alike contest at a New York City, Beatles Fest, he was approached by a Philly talent agency and spent 2 years on the road with the “Classics” and “The 1910 Fruit Gum Company”. During this time Bill had the opportunity to sit in with such bands as “The Drifters”, “Danny and the Juniors”, “The Box Tops” and the “Coasters.” After returning to his home base on the Jersey Shore, Bill continued to play thru out the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area in various classic rock and pop-rock bands. Bill moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 and performed with various local bands.

Don Williams (Trombone)

Don currently conducts a successful community concert band and has performed on numerous types of ensembles ranging from brass quartets to symphony orchestras in Northeast Pennsylvania since 1976.  He has earned a BS in Music Education from Wilkes University and a Masters in Trombone performance from West Chester University.  Don has also earned another Masters Degree on Secondary School Counseling from the University of Scranton.  He has served as a music teacher and high school band director for 16 years.  Don presently serves as a high school guidance counselor.

Dale Houck (Saxophone)

Dale Houck has been playing woodwinds for 50 years and playing professionally since 1972. He has played for national entertainers including Bobby Vinton, Aretha Franklin (as sax soloist), Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Clay Akins, Regis Philbin, Engelbert Humperdinck, Natalie Cole, and many others. He has been a pit woodwind player in the orchestras for hundreds of musical productions and performed with many bands and orchestras in NE Pennsylvania, including Lee Vincent Orchestra, Reflections, RPM Old Stars, Brass, and Ivory. Dale is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Scranton as well as 66 post-Masters credits from various colleges. He was a public school music teacher for 34 years and resides in Kingston, PA with his wife, Linda, also a professional musician.

Steve Saive (Trumpet)

​Steve Saive has performed as a lead trumpet player for the Jan Lewan Orchestra for many years and received a Grammy nomination in 1998.  He has performed on numerous cruise ships, Atlantic City and Las Vegas Casinos, countless European tours, and in 2015 he performed “The Trumpet Shall Sound” with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.  Steve has performed on trumpet in countless musicals throughout the years with various theater groups.  In July 2016, Steve was hired to record the lead trumpet part for the soundtrack to the movie “The Polka Kling” starring Jack Black.  Steve also appears in the movie as himself, playing trumpet with the orchestra. Steve received a B.A. in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in School Leadership from Marywood University.  He was a High School Band Director in the Dallas, PA School District and is currently the Academic Principal at the Keystone Jobs Corps Center in Drums, PA.

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