About the Musicians

Rhythm Section:

William ‘Billy Mac’ McGrath, Percussion – Drumming since the age of 4, Bill is a Veteran Instructor of Army & Marine bands and other Drum & Bugle corps. He is also an organizer and instructor of the famous Crusaders & Emerald Cadets among many other groups of this ilk. Bill is a winner of many, too numerous to mention here, titles, awards and championships in this field. Bill, now and throughout his long illustrious career, is also a highly respected judge of these events. He also has extensive playing experience with many Rock n Roll groups throughout the country. Bill is a teacher of many students and his instructional videos and demos are posted and regularly referred to by many. Billy Mac is highly respected in the Drum and Bugle Corps world and believe it or not, is ‘currently’ in 7, count em, 7 Halls of Fame.

Glenn Gardner, Percussion - Glenn, a Rochesterian, studied percussion at Eastman School of Music and earned his music degree in Ohio, where he taught for several years. Luckily for Your American Jukebox and other local groups, he returned to Rochester to teach & raise a family. Most notable among those he's performed with are 32 year with the world famous 'Krazy Firemen' touring the US, Canada & nine European Countries. Glenn is Principal Owner of Alagard Consulting, Chairman of the Board of the Charlotte Community Development Corporation and serves on many local boards. He and his wife Jean have raised three daughters.

Ed Altevela, Percussion - Broadcast Engineer, married to his best friend and partner Jeanette, CEO and President of Robotek AVS, Inc. local and national robotic video production company, part-time drummer with several local bands. Music instructors: John Beck, Chuck Morey and Carl Dengler. Bands: Hearts of Soul, Windjammer,  Phoenix, Nice & Easy, The Carson City Band, Johnny Matt Band, Nik Entertainment Co., Stone Soup, The Show Band, Eggman’s Traveling Carnival, Jim Lane, Your American Jukebox.

Dr Robert ‘Dr. Bob’ Russo DPM (a 3 office practice) Bass, keyboards, saxophone, drums, composer, arranger, vocalist, band leader - Bob has been involved in the world of music from a young age, a career spanning 50 plus years in many different genres. From Rock n Roll, to club settings, to theatre shows, he currently heads up two of his own groups playing local clubs; Higher Standards, a 5 piece ensemble and Double Standards, a duo. He is also a co-founder and leader of ‘Your American Jukebox’. Bob’s talents are in high demand, often getting calls to play solo and with other bands. Bob can also be found playing in the sax section, conducting, and switching with Rich in playing keyboards. A busy guy.

 

Richard ‘Rich’ DelConte, Keyboards, arranger, band leader - Rich has been playing teen dance and party gigs in an early Rock n Roll band (50s and 60s) since a young age. Rich joined the Duke Spinner Orchestra playing piano and writing orchestrations.  The Duke Spinner Orchestra was the house band every Friday and Saturday nights in various local clubs: Top of the Plaza, Rund’s Restaurants, the Buccaneer, Island Cottage Hotel, Inn On the Campus, Arigato Steak House as well as, public and private events in the upstate area such as concerts, parties, pageants, celebrities, and local sport events. Rich took a 20 year hiatus in 1995, returning in 2015 when asked if he’d be interested in joining the Jack Allen Big Band. Rich, with Dr. Bob started ‘Your American Jukebox' in 2015. Rich’s dad, Dom Dell, a big band and combo piano player, was an influence to both Dr. Bob and Rich.

Brad Willard, Bass -  A high demand alto & baritone sax player and a nice guy too. Also a player of many saxophones. However he enjoys playing bass for Your American Jukebox. 

Lynn Eberhardt, Bass - Lynn plays with world renown Krazy Firemen German Band and a high demand player in other big bands, like the Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra. A music teacher in public high schools and privately as well. . A player of high demand in the area.

James (Paul) LaGraff, Guitar - Paul was named after a Beatle (Can you guess?) and has been a musician most of his life. He’s played piano and trumpet but settled on guitar for about 15 years now. While studying music performance at Finger Lakes Community College, he’s expanded his interest from his early roots in classic rock to music theory, jazz and classics. Paul has won one of Guitar Center’s prestigious National Contest for his playing. He is in high demand as a player around the Monroe County area and currently gigs with several other groups. He is planning to produce a compilation of his own compositions. When not studying and/or playing, his 5 kitties make significant demands on his spare time.

Brass Section:

Stuart Sacs, Trumpet - Dr. Stu Sacks is a physician and has been in Rochester 28 years. He has a wife and two grown children. Playing trumpet since age five, Stu
became a serious classical french horn player in high school. At Penn State, he played trumpet in the school's jazz ensemble and french horn in symphony orchestra. Stu loves to sit in and jam with blues bands on weekends when he's not attending Penn States football games or instructing racing at Watkins Glen.

Dan "Golden Tone"Fitzgerald, Lead Trumpet - Dan Played with the U.S. Army Band. He also played with renowned local big bands such as the Melody Makers, Jack Allen Big Band. Dan is in high demand in the area and plays with other groups such as,  Brass Taxi and Prime Time Brass as well as Your American Jukebox Big Band. Dan is a retired mailman.

 

George the ‘COUNT ‘ Conte, Trumpet – George is a Trumpet/Flugelhorn player very much in demand in many local bands. George has played in so many places it’s probably easier to list where he hasn’t played than where he has played. Some of the groups George has played with more recently are the famous TBlast and the  Horn Dogs, the Melody Makers, and Your American Jukebox. George is recognized and known as a classy Jazz player as well as a vocalist. George, in another part of his life, is a Medical Technician.

Pete Madsen, Trumpet - Peter is an active trumpet player and teacher in the Greater Rochester area. He is the leader of the Celebration Brass Ensemble and Solo Cornet with the Flower City Society Orchestra. He can be heard with the FCSO on the silent film sound tracks of "Peter Pan" (1924), "Captain Salvation" (1927), "Stella Maris" (1918) and "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1917).  Additional performance credits include- Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Geva Theater, Pittsford Musicals Inc, Downstairs Cabaret Theater, The Calamari Sisters, Jewish Community Center Theater Productions, RAPA Theater Productions, Rochester Lyric Opera Orchestra, Rochester Chamber Opera Festival, Rochester Children’s Theater, Angelicus String Quartet (Piccolo Trumpet), Finger Lakes Chorale Festival Orchestra, and Finger Lakes Racing and Casino.

 

 

Low Brass:

 

Jeanette Altavela, Trombone - Dr. Jeanette Altavela, a clinical pharmacist, leads a multidisciplinary team of care managers at the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association. She recently published an article about the clinical pharmacist’s role in Population Health Management in a national journal. After a 15 year hiatus, her husband Edd bought her a trombone for their 8th wedding anniversary. She came back strong joining several bands including Nik and the Nice Guys. She is happy to join the talented group of musicians in Your American Jukebox!

Jeff Greene, Lead Trombone - Jeff is a highly respected trombonist and teacher in the area. As a player he plays beyond the note. That is to say, he not only plays the note but also, the ‘spirit & essence’ of the note. As a teacher he was admired by his students at Greece Olympia High School. In 2014 he won the RPO Outstanding Teacher Award for Instrumental Music. Jeff stays busy playing in local school pit orchestras, teaching private lessons and is in high demand playing professionally with many prominent local Groups and orchestras.  

Ray Elliot, Trombone - Ray Elliott is a multi-instrumentalist. He has played in many professional and community bands in the Rochester Monroe County area. He plays every low brass instrument including tuba, euphonium, and bass and tenor trombone. In addition to brass, Ray also plays the piano, guitar and bass guitar. He retired from the 98th Division Army Reserve Band in 2001 where he played piano, guitar, and trombone in the Stage Band and Combo and euphonium in the marching and concert bands. Ray plays regularly with several area concert bands and big bands, as well as singing and playing in church ensembles and choirs. We’re very happy and lucky to have Ray.

Reeds Section:

Steve ‘Steve B’ Beamish, Alto Saxopone - Steve is a player of all reeds, arranger, conductor, musical director, and a principle oboe player. He is currently the musical director, conductor, and an arranger for Your American JukeBox. Steve probably has enough degrees in this field to do a serious wallpaper job. He is also a former Director of Music for the Irondequoit School District; former Director of Music and Performing Arts for the entire Ithaca School Systems;  as well as Supervisor of adjudicators for New York State H.S. Music Programs. Currently, Steve plays in several upstate Musical Groups, most notably he's performed many years with the world famous 'Krazy Firemen' touring the US, Canada, and nine European countries.

Mark Ketchum, Tenor Saxophone - Mark plays some of the earthier and dulcet tenor tones in the area. Mark has played with many area bands in his musical career and currently is the lead tenor player for  Your  American Jukebox. Mark is also in the instrument repair business. Musicians come from afar to Mark’s instrument repair (Allegro Music) in Brockport.

 

Cindy Lau, Baritone Saxophone - Cindy  grew up in Ohio where she started playing saxophone at the age of 11.  Her youth was spent playing in big bands, marching band, pit orchestras, community band, and listening to jazz. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she moved to Rochester to work for Kodak and discovered a buffet of musical opportunities. Cindy by day is an IT project manager and plays in a variety of local bands including the Melody Masters Big Bandvand the Pittsford Fire Department Band.

Art Felluca,  Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet & Arranger - A graduate of Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, Art is a high demand player, transcriber and arranger who plays and writes for several ensembles nationwide.

 

Corinn Pedrone, Saxophone - Over the years Corinn has played and conducted for many musical pit orchestras, as well as many local bands like the Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, The Coda Combo, The Music Makers, Your American Jukebox, and is director of a 15 piece swing band called Shahin Swings. Corinn lives in Irondequoit with her daughter Erin, and two dogs Freya and Toby. 

Vocal Section:

Amanda Stone - Amanda has been singing since the age of seven. She’s a classically trained singer with a BA of Music in Vocal Performance.  She also studied at SUNY Geneseo and the Eastman School of Music. A prolific songwriter as well with material on iTunes. She also heads up her own trio ‘Blonde Over Blu’, performing  original music. Other experience includes, several years with Nik Entertainment, East Coast Connection and currently sings with Blonde Over Blue, Brass Taxi and the Silver Arrow Band. 

 

Angie Bemus - Angie started performing and recording professionally at age seven. By age 17 she had been featured in over 1,100 live performances.  After studying vocal performance at The Ohio State University and Eastman School of Music, she returned to traveling with a song and dance company that provided entertainment at theme parks, and then became an organization that supplied talent for cruise ships. She then branched into modeling, writing, arranging and recording music for commercial/studio work. You may have seen her recently in an Ontario Mazda commercial with her husband, James. Angie has enjoyed appearing both on radio and television, performing with Barbara Eden, The Mandrel Sisters, Larnelle Harris, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Minnie Pearl just to name a few you might know.  Angie enjoys being an international artist who frequently performs with five big bands and three jazz bands, especially Your All American Jukebox!  In her free time she mentors young musicians in her local private studio and at her local church in Canandaigua, where she is a creative director specializing in visual arts and special events.

 

Christine DeRosa - Christine started singing in college. She is a very busy performer around Monroe County, singing in several bands and in many of the

bistros, cabarets and public events in the area . Often, as the leader and/or lead performer. Her musical taste varies from jazz to rock to country. While performing with Your American Jukebox, it seemed to be a seamless natural transition into the Big Band style. When not performing, she works for a commercial bank or she might be found biking or paddle boarding.

 

Fiona Jermyn – Fiona has been singing in school choirs since fourth grade and throughout High School. She trained in Voice and Performance for several years at Eastman. She also has been part of many musical productions at Monroe Community College. She finished 2nd place at Loving Cup's 'The Choice' Competition. Fiona also sings professionally with a prominent all female entertainment troupe and other professional groups in the Monroe County area.