Joe is one of the most respected trumpet players around today. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. After Eastman, Joe played lead trumpet with the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. He then toured with Maynard Ferguson's Band for five years. Joe was a member of the band when they recorded the hit song from the Academy Award winning movie, "Rocky." His performance on that recording , a Billboard Top 30, earned him a Gold Record. After leaving the Ferguson band he settled in New York City and has been a fixture in the music scene there ever since, playing jazz, rock, and classical music for television, movies, and commercials. Joe is a veteran of over a dozen Broadway shows, most recently being "Annie Get Your Gun" and "42nd Street." He has played lead trumpet with many of the major big bands in New York City from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Louis Bellson to Bob Mintzer, and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Joe has performed with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughn, and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
George Rizzi: Guitar
George's career in the music industry spans four decades and includes recording contracts with Buddah Records and Warner Bros./Atlantic Records. His tenures include a position as Musical Director for Chilean and International recording stars "The Carr Twins", a six year venture with the Las Vegas landmark group, "Command Performance", and his current position spanning more than twenty years as principal member and Musical Director of the world renowned group- "The Happenings" ("See You in September", "Go Away Little Girl", "I Got Rhythm" and "My Mammy"). George's professional endeavors include performance, arranging and production, including one of the latest Happenings cd's "Still Going Strong" which was enlisted and distributed in its original form by BMG/RCA records.
Barry Sachais: Trombone
Barry, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with both a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree was a band director and instrumental music teacher in the Dumont Public Schools for 18 years and the Hackensack Public Schools for 13 years. During that time he continued playing professionally in various bands and show bands. He retired from teaching in 2001 to devote all his time to playing professionally. Since 2002 he has been a member , and travels world-wide with the 1960's rock'n roll group, "The Happenings" whose number one hit was "See You in September." Barry continues to freelance in the New York area playing with several jazz groups when not traveling with "The Happenings."
Wendy Vaughn: Vocals
While growing up in Massachusetts, Wendy Vaughn loved singing and theater. She made her way to NYC as soon as possible and began studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Acting. She enjoyed working in many different genres of musicals. Some favorites include "The Middle of Nowhere" based on the music of Randy Newman, and "Pump Boys and Dinnettes" which celebrates the glory and warmth of folk and country music. She has performed on and off Broadway, most notably in the Tony-nominated rock musical, "Starmites". Wendy worked on developing her own cabaret act and performed at different venues in and around NYC. She took a leave from performing to raise her two, now teenage, sons but during that time continued to study voice with her mentor and teacher, John Mace at the Vocal Arts Foundation. As a member of Sirocco, Wendy is thrilled to be sharing the stage and making music with such great musicians.