Meet The Band
The Heartbeats consists of 12 band members and 4 sound, lighting and video technicians. Each one of these incredibly talented people are true professionals who love what they do. They are not only quality musicians, vocalists and technicians, but quality people that really care about the success of your event. I could go on about how some of the players have played with "Head Liners" but I would rather tell you that most of the members have been performing with The Heartbeats for over 15 years and half of the members have been performing with the band for over 28 years. This is extremely rare in the private event music business as many of the bands in this market play "Musical Chair Musicians" You never know who you are going to get... Such consistency can help guarantee the quality of each performance. Ladies & Gentlemen, I am proud to present The Heartbeats..
NICK CASCIANO Lead Vocalist, Guitar, Percussionist
Nick Casciano formed The Heartbeats in 1990. Nick is multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. He has an extremely wide vocal range and a uinque ability to sound like the artists that he sings. Nick is an accomplished drummer and also plays guitar, bass and piano. Nick has been performing professionally since he was a child and with over 35 years of experience in the entertainment business "He Knows How To Run A Party". His creative vision and tireless hard work continues to guide The Heartbeats, as he handles every aspect of this incredibly successful band.
PATTY BALBO Lead Vocalist, Guitar
Patty Balbo is The Heartbeats longest tenured female vocalist. She is an incredibly talented vocalist and musician. Patty is our "Rock". She has an extremely versatile vocal style which allows her to sing any style of music. She is also an accomplished acoustic guitarist and is The Heartbeats vocal arranger. Patty has sang and recorded with such artists as Shawn King & Marie Osmond as well as sang on numerous jingles and commercials. Patty's talent and entertainment experience is vital to the success of The Heartbeats.
TRICIA RODIO Lead Vocalist
Tricia Rodio joined The Heartbeats in 2006 and immediately brought another powerful vocal presence to our stage. Tricia is also an extremely versatile vocalist. Her strong soprano voice allows her to sing broad spectrum of songs from Opera to Top 40. Tricia is also the lead performer in our Lady Gaga Tribute Show, and was a featured performer in the Atlantic City Casino circuit before she joined The Heartbeats. Tricia's vocal style as well as her infectious personality light up The Heartbeats stage.
ELIZA VITALE Lead Vocalist
Eliza Vitale is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Concentration in Musical Theater. Eliza has stared in numerous theater productions such as West Side Story, Wicked and A Chorus Line. Eliza yields a regal and commanding stage presence and with her amazing range, rich tone and powerful singing voice she brings her youthful talent to The Heartbeats Stage.
LEA DAVIS Lead Vocalist
Lea Davis is the newest member of The Heartbeats. She is a graduate of The Girard Academic Music Program. Lea started performing professionally at a very young age. She was featured in musical theater productions such as West Side Story and Shrek The Musical. She has also worked with nationally known performers such as Al Jarreau. Lea is a very special young talent. Her incredible voice, captivating stage presence and modern look bring a new dimension to The Heartbeats.
ERNIE McANDREWS Keyboards, Vocals
Ernie McAndrews is one of the founding members of The Heartbeats. Ernie is a classically trained pianist. He is technically very proficient on his instrument and his advanced knowledge of keyboard programming plays a large part in giving The Heartbeats their authentic sound. Ernie's lead and back round vocal ability adds to the harmony of The Heartbeats and his behind the scenes producing abilities keep The Heartbeat's sound fresh and on the cutting edge.
Jim Bowman was the first and only bass player in The Heartbeats and has been with the band since 1991. Jim has been performing since elementary school and is well versed in all styles of music. His consistently solid bass playing lays the groove for The Heartbeats infectious sound. Jim also has a wide vocal range. His deep bass harmonies and lead voice fill out the vocal section of the band. Jim is also one of The Heartbeats music arrangers. He brings an energetic quality to the stage that keep The Heartbeat performances Fun & Energetic.
BUGZY Guitar, Vocals
Bugzy joined The Heartbeats in 2007. He has performed and acted in numerous television and
radio commercials (Coors Light, Matchbox, Pizza Hut, Guess Jeans), and has toured the U.S.
with his own group "Bugzy" which was signed by Iguanua / Interscope records. Bugzy has
composed music for film, (HBO's "Deep Blue"), as well singing and playing on several other independent films.
Bugzy is also very active in promoting music education. Bugzy's stage presence, flawless guitar playing and
strong vocals give The Heartbeats their Rock n' Roll sound.
SAL TOMMASSELLO Drums, Vocals
Sal Tommassello is an extemely talented up and coming young drummer and vocalist. Sal is a graduate of The School of Rock and his agressive feel and solid back beat will make you want to hit the dance floor.
TONY BETHEL Trombone, Vocals
Tony Bethel joined The Heartbeats in 1999. Tony started performing professionally in High School.
A music major from Temple University, Tony toured the country with the band Blue Magic and has
performed and recorded with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire & Donnie Hathaway.
Tony's trombone playing gives The Heartbeats horn section it's "Big Sound". His inviting personality
and smooth vocal style bring a soulful element to the band that just makes you wanna get up and dance.
TOM PICCIRILLI Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Gaetano (Tom) Piccirilli began playing music as a pre-teen in South Philadelphia. Tom joined The Heartbeats in 2001. Although proficient on Clarinet and Flute, the Saxophone is his main instrument. Tom studied at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. He has performed with many well known artists such as James Brown, Wayne Newton, and Bill Haleys Comets. Tom arranges all the music for our horn section. Being a Jazz major, Tom's improvazational skills on the Saxophone and his energetic performance is a show in itself.
JAKE LANE Trumpet, Flugel Horn
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Jake Lane has been performing since he was a child. He is an accomplished Trumpet & Flugel Horn Player. He has performed over the years with many of the "Philly Sound" bands. The high tones that come from his trumpet give The Heartbeats horn section it's "Punch".