Award Winning Sound
It is said, "Music is the language of the soul" and nothing could be truer for this Jazz Ensemble. Since 2008, the band has received awards for its superb performances. The band won Buffalo's Top Big Band Music Award four years in a row and was lauded with induction to the Hall of Achievement by the Buffalo Music Awards in 2010. Remaining focused on delivering top notch performance, The Easy Street Big Band continues to live up to their reputation as an award winning ensemble.
Meet the Band
Easy Street brings together the talents of 18 accomplished musicians from across Western New York, each with their own unique voice and experiences which gives the band it's award winning tone.
Band Leader, Public Relations Director, 1st Tenor, Flute
Graduated in 1977 from Fredonia State where he participated in Jazz Ensemble. Wayne is one of the original members of The Easy Street Big Band and took over as co-leader in 2014. He taught music for 33 years at Lyndonville Central School, taught privately 5 years at St.Peter/Northridge as well as a long term substitute at Roy-Hart in 2016.
Business Manager, 1st Alto
Larry has played the saxophone since 1963. He obtained a BME (Bach. Music Education) from SUNY Fredonia. Influences include Charlie Parker and Phil Woods. He works as a Customer Service Representative for Unifrax Corporation in Tonawanda. Outside interests include photography, many types woodworking, including woodturning, carving, wood toys and furniture.
Dennis has played sax since 4th grade. His biggest influence was father Gary Brockman, also a Jazz Saxophonist. Dennis is Retired and working.
Began playing saxophone in 4th grade, initially being taught by his father who served as his biggest influence. Played bari and tenor sax through high school. Gary has been a member of the ESBB since its inception. Gary is the President of Custom Laser Inc.
Has played saxophone since 8yo. Performed with the Fredonia Jazz Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble during college. Employed as an Account Executive at a benefits administration company. Plays bass guitar for The Moon Hunters.
Has played trombone 43yrs. Influences include USAF - Airmen of Note, Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie. Jerry also plays in Community Band, Wind Ensemble, and Octet. Professional Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Batavia. Hobbies include biking, hiking and hunting.
Peter has been a member of the ESBB for 10yrs. He also plays with The Orchard Park Symphony and subs with numerous groups in WNY. Peter is employed as a Systems Analyst for HSBC. One of his favorite hobbies with his wife is completing 1000 piece puzzles in under 7 days.
Michael Anton Sciortino
Graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Music Performance. Also performs with The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band and Orchard Park Symphony (on violin). Michael is an attorney working in IT.
Has played trombone for 16yrs. Michael received his Bachelors of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. Active member of 6 Community Bands/Orchestras including the German-American Musicians Association. Michael is employed at HEALTHeLINK.
Has played trumpet for 40+ years. B.M. in Trumpet, studied with David Kuehn, Bob Smith and Fred Mills of the Canadian Brass. Performed with Florida Orchestra and served as principal trumpeter for Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Influences include Maynard Ferguson and Maurice Andre.
BME and MM Arkansas State University, music educator for 30yrs, 25yrs at Lancaster H.S. Conductor for the Lancaster Town Band since 1997. Studied trumpet with David Kuehn and Dick Jorgensen. Studied composition with Jared Spour. Plays tennis in his spare time.
Jeff is a music teacher in the Buffalo Public School district and graduated with his bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia and a master's degree from Buffalo State. He is also the music director for the German American Musicians Association of Buffalo.
Has played 55yrs. Influences include Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Loves Classical and Baroque. Owner of Hall's Apple Farm, family owned/operated and serving WNY for the last 125yrs.
Composer/Arranger. Has played piano 23yrs and began performing publicly for country clubs, coffee shops and weddings at 12. Matt studied classical and jazz under Buffalo's own Krista Seddon. Influences include Cory Henry, Bill Evans, Herbie, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau. Employed by National Grid as Lead Engineering Supervisor.
B.A. Music from Buffalo State College. Ed.M from U.B. Paul is employed as the Middle School Orchestra Director for Lakeshore School District. Paul is a member of the International Society of Bassists, NYSSMA and serves as a board member on the ECMEA and the Junior High South Orchestra. His influences include Count Basie, Duke, Miles, Coletrane and Ron Carter.
BM from Crane School of Music with James Petercsak. Studied 10yrs with John Rowland (Prin. Perc. BPO). Studied Vibes with Gary Burton, Dave Samuels. Toured on Vibes with Aretha Franklin, Four Tops, Temptations and subbed on percussion with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orch. Currently working with Mike Mainieri in NYC.
Began playing trumpet at 9 and continued for 25yrs. Began singing in his 20's and performing with various groups throughout WNY. Has been a member of the ESBB since its inception. Employed as a Sale Manager at Paint and Coatings Company.
Singing solos since 2yo in church. Musical genres of influence include Christian, Gospel, Country with specific influences from Natalie Cole, Doris Day and Sarah Vaughan. Travels solo as a Christian Music Evangelist. Has performed for Radio Disney and with The Newsboys, Jesse McCartney and Jump5. Pastor's wife.
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