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Boulevard Big Band Personnel

Saxophones    Trumpets    Trombones    Rhythm    Vocalist


David Bixler - Alto Mr. Bixler spent several years as the lead alto saxophonist with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He has toured with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the Chico O'Farrell Big Band.  He is currently the personnel manager for the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

He has just released his first CD as a leader, "LOST IN QUEENS", on the Amosaya Music label.

Todd Bashore - Alto Mr. Bashore received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University, and a Masters in Jazz performance from Queens College where he studied with Jimmy Heath.

He has performed with Toshiko Akioshi, David Berger, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Roland Hanna, Jimmy Heath, Paul Jeffrey, Gary Morgan, Chico O'Farrill, Ken Peplowski, Ray Santos, and Bobby Short. 

Other performance highlights include the JVC Jazz Festival and the Broadway musical Swing.

He has recorded with Roland Hanna and Paul Jeffrey.

Glenn Guidone - Tenor Mr. Guidone attained his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance (saxophone major with an emphasis in jazz) from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. 

He has toured through United States, Europe and Asia with Odean Pope, the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Glenn has performed with such noted players as the Brecker Brothers, Tyrone Brown, Billy Carrothers, Richie Cole, Frank Foster, Charles Frambrough, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Howard Johnson, Trudy Pitts, Posmontier Brothers, Mickey Roker, Shirley Scott, Lew Tabakin, Stanley Turrentine and Bobby Watson.

Recordings he can be heard on are the Ron Aprea Orchestra with Angela DeNiro "Swingin’ with Legends" - Early Autumn Productions 1998; "Just for the Fun of It" - Vibe Records 1996; The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir "Epitome" - Soul Note Records 1994, "The Ponderer" - Soul Note Records 1991; Joey DeFrancesco "Part III" - Columbia Records 1991.

Mark Hynes - Tenor Mr. Hynes, a native of Chicago by way of Detroit, currently performs with David Berger and the Sultans of Swing and Art Baron's The Duke's Men.

He tours each  year with the acclaimed show, The Harlem Nutcracker.

Mark has been a member of the Rodney Whitaker Sextet/Octsemble and the Bobby Battle Quartet.

His recordings include David Berger "The Harlem Nutcracker" - SST Records (1999) and Rodney Whitaker "Hidden Kingdom" - DIW/Columbia Records (1998).

Mr. Hynes holds a Master's Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Daniel Jordan - Bari



Mr. Jordan studied music at North Texas State and taught music at Rollins College in Winter Park Florida and Valencia Community College in Orlando Florida. 

Daniel is the creator of the nationally distributed educational video tape "A Journey Through Jazz". 

Daniel is now active as a teacher and an instrumentalist in the New York metro area. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Smith, Kenny Rogers, Larry Elgart, Sam Rivers big band and Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Captain Musicf and Tropical Motivation.

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Gary Guzio Mr. Guzio has performed with many Broadway musicals, including Purlie, Annie, Swinging On a Star, Starlight Express, and Catskills on Broadway.

He has traveled with the road productions of the Broadway shows 42nd Street, Cats and Chess as well as with the bands of Gerry Mulligan, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey and Thad Jones.

Gary has a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Bruce Staelens Mr. Staelens has performed in the pit for such Broadway musicals as Chicago, Ragtime, and Annie Get Your Gun.  He has toured Europe with the orchestras of  42nd Street and Cats.

He has performed with the San Francisco Pops orchestra and the Ray Charles Orchestra.

He has performed with the big bands of Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw.

Bruce has performed with Jazz Artists and entertainers Elvin Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Ira Sullivan, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, the Spinners, the Four Tops, Helen O'connell, Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme.

His group, the Bruce Staelens Jazztet, has toured throughout Florida and Europe, performing many original compositions.

Brian Pareschi Mr. Pareschi currently leads his own 15pc Jazz Orchestra, Brian Pareschi Jazz Orchestra, performing all his own original compositions and arrangements.

He has performed with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, tours each Christmas season with the Harlem Nutcracker, and is currently a member of the Beale Street Swing Mavens.

Brian has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Louis Bellson Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, the New York Voices, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra. 

He has also performed with such jazz notables as Wynton Marsalis, Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Monty Alexander, Kenny Wheeler, Dennis Irwin, Sir Roland Hanna, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bobby Durham, and Bobby Watson.

His recordings include The Harlem Nutcracker-David Berger and the Sultans of Swing; Beale Street Swing Mavens on their new CD entitled Bluesectomy
John Simon-w/Clark Terry; Manhattan Jazz Orchestra w/Johnaan Grussner

He was an editor and proofreader for Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize winning composition, "Blood on the Fields" and has arranged for Marian Mc Partland'

Mr. Pareschi has M.M. in Composition from Manhattan School of Music and 
a B.A.in Biology/Music-University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music.

Joe Magnarelli Mr. Magnarelli has toured the world with such entertainers as Harry Connick, Jr., Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Lionel Hampton.

Joe has performed with such jazz greats as Jack Mc Duff and Jon Hendricks.

He has recorded extensively with these bands as well as with the New York Hard Bop Quintet and has released three CDs under his own name on the Criss-Cross label.

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Rodney Lancaster Since the start of his career at age 19 backing Ella Fitzgerald, Rodney has performed with such notable jazz ensembles as the Illinois Jacquet Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter and “Jazz Ahead”, and the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra.

Rodney has also perform with the orchestras at Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and in the Broadway productions of “Cats” and “Miss Saigon”

In addition, Rodney has worked with such entertainers as Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, Bob Hope, Marvin Hamlisch, Jack Jones,  the  Captain & Tennile, the Four Tops, the Fifth Dimension, the Temptations, and Suzanne Summers.
Andrew Lippman Mr. Lippman is a native New Yorker who attended North Texas State University for a short period of time before going on the road with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra led by Buddy Morrow. His other big band credits include Illinois Jacquet, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Dorsey, and Lew Anderson.

His varied freelance career has given him the opportunity to perform with
Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Miles, Donald Fagen, Linda Ronstadt, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Frankie Valli, Jack Jones, George Shearing, Etta Jones, Gloria Gaynor, the Spin Doctors, Jeff Golub, Southside Johnny, Al Kooper, Phoebe Snow, Chaka Khan, and many others.
Scott Whitfield

Mr. Whitfield graduated from Florida State University with a degree in trombone performance and received his Masters of Music Degree in jazz studies from  North Texas State University. 

He spent six years as the staff trombonist and arranger at Walt Disney World before returning to New York.

His many credits include: The Nat Adderley Sextet, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Walt Levinsky's Great American Swing Band, Lew Anderson's All American Big Band, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Frank Sinatra Jr., Jack Jones, Mel Torme, Helen O'Connell, Margaret Whiting, Rita Moreno, Marilyn McCoo, Red Skelton, Robert Merrill, Julie Budd (at Carnegie Hall), and numerous others. 

His vocal recording debut can be heard on "When We Meet Again" by The Manhattan Vocal Project which Scott founded and leads.  

Scott sings bass in the world-famous Pied Pipers vocal group. 

Doug Rothauser Mr. Rothauser has been a freelance trombonist in the NY/NJ metropolitan area for more than 20 years. 

He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Band, Nelson Riddle, the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Warren Covington and the Pied Pipers, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, the Four Tops, the Spinners, Billy Eckstein, Frank Sinatra Jr., George Handy, Captain Music, and Tropical Motivation.

Wayne Coniglio Originally from Springfield, Illinois Wayne grew up primarily in Phoenix. Wayne benefited early on as his parents were both avid music fans, in particular Big Band swing music.

His musicianship was bolstered tremendously by a gifted set of teachers in the Osborn school district in Phoenix (Bill Wells and Debra Gunby). Their accent on multi-instrumentalism and choral skills have made the difference for scores of young musicians.

Wayne has played with the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, The Chico O' Farrill Latin Jazz Band and is currently a member of the The Ray Charles Touring Band as well a member of the Chuck Clark Little Big Band. Wayne has recorded with Randy Johnston, Chuck Clark, Dave Hoffman, Ray Charles, and Chico O'Farrill (on the soundtrack of the recent Film " The Thomas Crown Affair")

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Ted Brancato - Piano Served as musical director and pianist on vocalist Jeanie Bryson's debut album "I Love Being Here With You" (1993), her second album "Tonight I NeedYou So" (1994) on the Telarc label, and her recently recorded 4th album on the Koch Intl. label. He also served as Ms. Bryson's musical director on trips to the Far East, Europe, and South America, most recently travelling with her to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in January 2000.

Mr. Brancato has played piano with such jazz greats Milt Jackson, Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Ernie Watts, Max Roach, Ernestine Anderson, and has recorded with jazz greats Ron Carter, Lewis Nash, Houston Person, and Roger Kellaway.

He composed several songs that have been recorded by the singer NancyWilson. These songs have been performed all over the world, including a performance at Carnegie Hall by Nancy Wilson that was broadcast on the A & E cable channel.

Ken Gotschall - Bass Ken grew up in Ft. Wayne, IN where he started playing the bass in his junior high school jazz band. After high school , he attended Berklee College of Music, graduating, Cum Laude, in 1987. 

Brief tenures with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and the Tommy Dorsey band followed before moving to Indianapolis, where he free-lanced and performed as a member of the Frank Glover quartert, Steve Allee trio and big band, and the Corn Brothers trio. 

He has also performed with Joshua Breakstone, Bobby Shew, Bruce Barth, Marvin Stamm, Randy Johnston, Red Holt, Buddy Montgomery, Jamey Aeborsold ,Cal Collins and many others. 

Ken was also the staff jazz bass instructor at DePauw University for a number of years.

Since his move to New York in October of 1999, Ken has been busy as a free lance bassist in the New York metropolitan area.

Rick Visone - Drums Mr. Visone has toured extensively with the Lionel Hampton Big Band, the Glenn Miller Band and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. 

He has recorded with Lionel Hampton, the Alan Quinn Big Band, and Barry Manilow.

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Keaton Douglas Keaton Douglas is a jazz and Big Band vocalist who performs regularly with twelve Big Bands in the Metro area, including the Montclair based Somers Dream Orchestra and the Composers Big Band. Ms. Douglas has appeared as an opening act for Julius LaRosa, Al Martino, Buddy Greco, and most recently, Jerry Vale, fronting the West Orange based Jordan Thomas Orchestra. 

She was the featured vocalist at the Newark Jazz Festival, fronting the Bob Harris Big Band.

Aside from jazz and Big Band styles, Ms. Douglas is an accomplished soprano, and has performed with the New Jersey Pops Orchestra. She was the featured soprano with the 50 piece orchestra in their "From Hollywood to Broadway " concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center. She was featured in concert with Dr. Stephen Oosting, tenor, performing works of Giuseppe Verdi and she was heard singing the title role in Alan Jeffries' new opera, "Mary Shelley", in conjunction with the Composers Forum of NJ.

Ms. Douglas is the Director Emerita of Voice at the Robin Horneff Performing Arts Center, where several of her young students gained success on Broadway and in professional touring companies. She maintains a private voice studio in Montclair where she lives with her son, Michael Giancarlo.

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