MEET THE BAND

Photography by John Bruno
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Mike DelGuidice

Mike DelGuidice, one of Long Island's most celebrated performers/dynamic vocalist/singer/songwriter.

At present, Mike DelGuidice tours with Billy Joel all over the World including every month at the Iconic Madison Square Garden

Mike is a brilliant vocalist and composer and a master of several instruments including bass guitar, guitar, piano and drums. He is the author of two albums "My Street" and "Miller Place" and several of his new songs are currently under favored consideration for film soundtracks, including Mike's song, "Ordinary Guy" which is the theme song for the Keven James sitcom, "Kevin Can Wait". Mike now juggles his busy schedule with his band Big Shot along with weekly shows around the USA and abroad with Billy Joel.

Mike has been featured on The Today Show, CBS Today, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, and a bunch others.

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Tommy Byrnes

Billy Joel, Brian Setzer, Movin' Out Musical Director

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Tommy Byrnes has been Billy Joel's guitarist and musical director for the past 29 years. He was key in helping Billy and Twyla Tharp create the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash Movin' Out and served as the show's Musical Director during its long run. Tommy has toured and collaborated with rockabilly legend Brian Setzer (co-writing Setzer's hard-hitting "Barbwire Fence"). His further credits include artists as diverse as Enrique Inglesias, Joan Jett, Hall & Oats, and as a songwriter he's penned tunes for Mandy Moore and others.

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Chris Milillo

Chris has performed internationally in support of such artists as Stone Temple Pilots, The B52's, KC and the Sunshine Band, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra, to name a few. His recorded work has appeared on "The Late, Late Show" on CBS and the nation's airwaves. Originally from The Bronx, NY, Chris has been playing the drums and other instruments since the age of 10. He is the owner of a private music school in Brewster, NY and also writes, records, and produces original music for his company, "Funk Factor Music".

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Nick Dimichino

Joining Big Shot in early 2004, Nick was the quintessential addition to Big Shots rhythm section , with the deep and prominent tone that is reminiscent of the late great Billy Joel bassist Doug Stegmeyer. Nick joined Big Shot after a long and hugely successful run with the band Nine Days. Which boasted The number one single, “Absolutely,'(This is the story of a girl). Nicks solid bass playing and quiet and humble spirit has made him one of the most likable and solid commodities that Big Shot boasts. Nick is widely known and respected as one of long islands best and talented players, and has molded solidly to drummer Chuck Burgi, creating one of the most solid rhythm sections you will find. Big Shot is fortunate to have such a great person and bass player.

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The Big Shot Horns

Adam Seely – Alto & Baritone Saxophones, horn arranger 
Ed Leone – Trombone
Jason Chapman – Trumpet
Rob Cutts – Tenor Saxophone

Absolutely nothing punches up an already phenomenal Big Shot show like The Big Shot Horns!  First performing with Michael DelGuidice back in 2002, The Big Shot Horns have been regularly featured on stage with Michael DelGuidice & Big Shot and many other bands in the New York City area for almost 30 years.

Originally the horn section for the Long Island funk band Funky in the MiddleThe Big Shot Horns have been the go-to horn section that has collaborated with original artists and the best tribute bands on the tri-state area music scene. They have toured nationally, and have shared the stage and the studio with Gloria Gaynor, David Bickler of Survivor, Spyro Gyra, Will Lee, Denny Lane, Gary U.S. Bonds, American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, Nine Days and former Tower of Power and Blood, Sweat & Tears vocalist Tom Bowes. With original writing, unique arranging, and tight section playing, The Big Shot Horns truly are the complete package of horn section power and energy.

With Adam Seely on alto and baritone saxophones, Rob Cutts on tenor saxophone, Jason Chapman on trumpet, and the one and only Ed Leone on trombone, The Big Shot Horns bring that BIG horn sound to such Billy Joel classics as “Tell Her About It,” “Keeping the Faith,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Movin’ Out”; Elton John favorites like “Tiny Dancer” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”; and can dig into faithful renditions of Billy Joel B-sides such as “Easy Money” and “Half a Mile Away.” When Mike and the boys decide to go into iconic rock classics like “25 or 6 to 4,” “Live and Let Die” or “Sledgehammer”, The Big Shot Horns are there and ready to make the show like no other!

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Mike Sorrentino

Mike has recorded and toured with the legendary Ritchie Blackmore and with the gold-record-selling classic rock band Zebra. He has performed for a number of years with New York rock band Kid Gloves (appearing with such major bands as Bad Company, E.L.O., Zebra, and Keanu Reeves).

Mike was also part of Billy Joel's Broadway musical Movin' Out and is currently subbing on the Broadway production of Grease.

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Carmine Giglio

Carmine is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Carmine is Alexa Ray Joel's band pianist. Carmine performed with Billy Joel at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Carmine accompanied LeAnne Rimes on piano as she performed Billy Joel’s Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel). He also worked and recorded with LeAnne as well. He also accompanied Billy Joel for the Centennial Awards from ASCAP.

Carmine is a regular on Broadway curently working with The Production of The Lion King. He played the synth/keys chair in Movin' Out (Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Tony Award winning Broadway show), was also the principal synth player for the 1st National tour of Movin' Out. He also worked, toured and recorded with: TheTrans-Siberian Orchestra, Ritchie Blackmore's Night, Carly Simon, Joe Lynn Turner, Nine Days, Jill Gioia, 0'2L, Greg Raposo, Sasha Laiard, JIVE Jones.

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Bryan Steele

Saxophonist Bryan Steele grew up in Syracuse, NY and had, as he describes, "a typical childhood".  His early musical influences were those of the times, namely ‘70s rock music.  However, when given the chance to choose a musical instrument, Bryan chose the alto saxophone.  At age thirteen, he began composing original music.
 
After high school, Steele studied at Ithaca College School of Music where, among other things, he seriously discovered jazz.  A host of musical influences (John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny) would lay the groundwork for his own style.  Steele’s college professors (Steve Brown, Dr. Steven Mauk, Rick Beato and John LaBarbera) also had a big influence on his development as an artist.
 
In 1991, Steele moved to Boston and began private study with jazz guru Jerry Bergonzi.  Throughout the two year term, Steele worked hard to develop his own style.  
 
In 1994, Steele took a post as guest lecturer in jazz studies at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa.  The position afforded him the chance to collaborate with (and be influenced by) some of the country’s best composers and musicians, and would be the beginning of Steele’s continuing love of African music.  Steele turned many South African heads when he performed with his own group at the Johannesburg Guinness Jazz Festival.
 
Bryan Steele Group, Steele's first solo record, was released in 1997 on the LookWild Jazz label and has received acclaim both for its original compositions and its fresh interpretations of contemporary tunes.  Bryan Steele’s second and most recent CD, Long before this, was released in June 2003 on the Edition Musikat label.sax
 
Steele has performed worldwide at acclaimed festivals such as the Guinness Jazz Festival (Durban, South Africa) and the Eclat New Music Festival (Stuttgart, Germany).  To date, Steele has performed/recorded with music giants Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Steven Tyler, Chuck D., Busta Rimes, Blood Sweat and Tears and War.
 
In January 2004, Steele went out with the first national tour of Movin’ Out, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical featuring the music of Billy Joel and choreography of Twyla Tharp. After touring throughout the US, Canada and Japan, the tour ended in 2007.
 
Bryan is currently freelancing with a variety of artists (Including none other than, Mike DelGuidice) and recording regularly on his own as well as other artists' records.
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Mark Fineberg

A veteran saxophone and woodwind player, Mark Fineberg has enjoyed a very fruitful and diversified music career.

Graduating from the famed Music & Art high school and then Manhattan School of Music, Mark has gone on to perform with many well known productions and iconic artists. Some of the stars Mark has shared the stage with include Billy Joel, Donna Summer, Peter Frampton, Roger Daltrey, Gladys Knight,
Lou Rawls, The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Spinners to name a few.

He also spent 20 years on Broadway performing in shows highlighted by Tony award winning musicals Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Jersey Boys. In 2000 Mark was asked to join the hand selected musicians that make up the Riverdance Orchestra as soprano sax soloist. To this day, the worlds most successful show.

Recording for radio and TV commercials, along with playing on over 100 CD’s and albums has been part of Mark’s musical journey.
Mark currently performs regularly with Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, The Hitmen and Shadows of the 60’s in addition to other work in the New York city area.

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Tom Jordan

Tom Jordan, aka TJ (born April 23, 1969) is a guitarist, composer, songwriter from New York.  TJ is one of most in demand rock guitarists in New York City and Long Island.  New Yorkers and beyond know his face-and the shock of unruly long blond hair that is always falling across it.
TJ’s hard work earned him a commanding position in the music industry as a first call blues/rock guitarist, sought out by major recording artists in the New York area. 
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Michael Jewell

Keys/Synth

Michael, A Ithaca college of music graduate and one of the most accomplished keyboardist in the country. Michael has recorded with Don Johnson and Barbara Streisand and performed with Sheena Easton and Michael Bolton.

He has written an recorded a myriad of songs for TV, Radio and Movies over the last 30 years, many of which have been heard throughout the world.Two of his tracks were featured in Michael Moore’s Oscar winning film “Bowling For Columbine”.

He is currently a member of “The Fast Lane” a tribute to the Eagles.

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Lenny Rocillo

Lenny has performed with such known artists as Bonnie Tyler, Joe Lynn Turner, Bret Michaels, Geoff Tate, Rob Halford, Charlie Daniels as well as some other notable acts. He also worked with comedian Jim Breuer and was featured on the Sirius XM Jim Breuer show. Lennys original song entitled THUMBTACK has been featured on SONY Play Station video game "Road Rash Jail break".

Instruments:
Lenny plays an array of custom-basses made by luthiers Brady Muckelroy and Abe Rivera which includes, 5-string fretted and fretless basses, 6-string fretted, 31-fret piccolo as well as vintage Fender Jazz/precision, Rickenbacker. Upright basses both acoustic and electric
and a Hamer 12 string.