Who We Are
Dennis Cecere - Piano / Keyboards
An alumnus and Associate Professor of Ensembles at the Berklee College of Music for 4 decades, Dennis maintains a full schedule of teaching, performing and producing. He is an independent producer in the pop and rock recording market, performs on piano with the Silver Bullet Swing Orchestra, the Boston Big Band, Full House, Big Dig, Hip Pocket Orchestra, Timelight, the Shangra-Las, the Platters, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Marvelettes, Johnny Preston, and Lou Christie. He was musical director, sound engineer, and arranger for Big Dig, and is the composer of radio jingles for local and national clients, including Chevrolet and Toyota.
Stephan Arsenault - Acoustic and Electric Bass
Stephan is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and resides in Ashby. His musical interests and experience span from Jazz to Classical, to Bluegrass.
He's to top-call bassist in Greater Boston, and has played with many other area ensembles, including the Artie Barsamian Big Band and Swingtet, Winiker Swing Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Central Mass Jazz Orchestra, Leominster Colonial Band, Ashby Band theand Ramblin Floyds.
Stephan is currently the Music Director for Ashby First Parish Church.
Mark Branco - Drums
A native and current resident of Chelmsford, Mark earned his degree in Music at Westfield State College. He went on to attain a PHD in Education. He's performed with many bands and for many musical theater performances throughout New England, and lead his own groups for a number of years. Mark taught music in Chelmsford and was Principal at Littleton Middle School for several years. He is now Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Tyngsboro.
Louis Stamas - Alto Saxophone, Flute
Lou has toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and is co-leader of the Branco / Stamas Big Band. He has backed many national acts, including Harry James Orchestra with Fred Radke, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians. Lou is a graduate of the University of Lowell and Berklee College of Music, and was formally band director at North Middlesex Regional High School, where he taught instrumental music and lead an award winning jazz ensemble.
Arthur Bakopolus - Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Arthur is a veteran performer on the Boston music scene. He has toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Benny Goodman Tribute Band, the Tommy Dorsey Band and the Guy Lombardo Band. He has played with Johnny Mathis, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, Bobby Rydell, Fabian and Liza Minelli.
Jim Repa - Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Composer
Jim Repa, who plays alto and soprano saxophone, flute, and alto flute, lives in the Boston area and is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz composition with Herb Pomeroy and Greg Hopkins. Jim has recorded and performed with the Mark Snyder Quartet, the Steve Langone Group, singers Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter, and a host of small and large ensembles. Jim is a prolific composer and has written 9 of the 12 tunes on his recent CD "Destinations." As a leader and sideman, he has performed at numerous venues around New England and the midwest, as well as Paris, France; Cape Town, South Africa; and Ojai, California. As a saxophonist, Jim draws his influences from Paul Desmond, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane.
David Johnson - Trumpet, Composer/Arranger
A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, David was a professor in the Harmony department at Berklee College of Music for over 3 decades. He has performed with Pepper Adams, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Joan Rivers, Stevie Wonder, and been on international tours with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra. David has hosted clinics and performances in Japan, Europe, Canada, and South America, and has published articles on jazz harmony in Jazz Player magazine.
Brian Lewis - Trumpet, Composer/Arranger
Brian attained a Bachelor of Music from SUNY and a Master of Music from the University of Miami. He's served as a Professor in the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music for almost 3 decades. His jazz ensemble compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded worldwide by many college and high school ensembles. His transcriptions have been published by Keyboard magazine.
As a trumpeter, Brian's performance credits vary widely across musical styles, and include the Mel Lewis Orchestra, David-Clayton Thomas, Donna Summer, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Phil Woods, Don Menza, the O'Jays, the Spinners, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Paul Anka, among many others.
Wayne Branco - Trombone, Band Leader
Wayne has lead several area bands over the past 30 years, including the Branco / Stamas Big Band and Eclipse.
As a trombonist, Wayne has performed with internationally renowned jazz artists Arturo Sandoval, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Bob Mintzer and Slide Hampton. Performance credits as an on-call sideman with vocalists and bands include Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Rita Moreno, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Robert Goule, The Drifters, The Shirrells, Harry James Orchestra with Fred Radke, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians.
His work with Boston area bands includes Artie Barsamian's Boston Big Band and Swingtet, The Ovations, The Hal McIntyre Orchestra, Ryle's Jazz Orchestra, Everett Longstreth Orchestra, White Heat Swing Orchestra, Amanda Carr, The Band 9teen, Fitch's Brew and Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing.
He performs on two recordings with the Boston Big Band that were well-received by critics and audiences - "After Dark" and "Everything Happens to Me."
Wayne has played at the most popular performance venues throughout New England and at several jazz festivals, including the JVC Jazz Festivals in Newport, Saratoga and Carnegie Hall in NYC, where he performed with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval's Hot House Big Band.
Steve Marvin - Vocalist
Described by the Jazz Messenger as, "an unusually talented and versatile jazz vocalist from Revere, MA - among a handful of truly great artists working today..." Steve is comfortable performing Jazz, Blues and Cabaret.
Performing the Great American Songbook, Steve sings with the style and soul of Frank Sinatra, the Jazz feel of Jon Hendricks and the balladry of a Mel Torme. Steve has performed with countless bands and performers throughout the U.S. He's recorded with several bands, and released two of his own critically acclaimed CDs, "Years of My Youth" and "Live at Scullers."