Dennis Dell - Lead Vocalist
Dennis Dell is honored to have accepted the request from the highly respected Grace Mastrangelo to become the lead vocalist for this talented group. He was contacted by Grace September of 2020 asking if he would take the position in keeping Johnny Maestro's Legacy Alive.
Dennis is also a current member of The Acchords since December of 2017, and is also the former lead vocalist of The Chimes Since Lenny Cocco's death back in May of 2015, till October of 2017.
He began singing at the age of 6 years old where he started in the music industry since the early 60's. Originally from the Fordham section of the Bronx born on Grote Street ( 2 blocks from Dion, He presently resides in Westchester NY. He has shared the stage with some of the top acts in the business such as The Temptations, Four Tops, The Miracles, The Five Satins, Drifters, Dion and the Belmonts, The Tokens, Natalie Cole, Earl Lewis & The Channels, Brooklyn Bridge, The Del Satins, Larry Chance and The Earls, Kid Kyle, Kenny Vance& The Planotones, Barbara Harris of the Toys, and many more including The Duprees who also had an interest in him in the early 2000's due to some internal issues.
At the age of 11, he was the original lead singer of the acapella group "The Destinaires", with the acapella hit records, CHAPEL BELLS, DIAMONDS AND PEARLS, TEARDROPS, THE CLOSER YOU ARE, plus several more in the 60's. In 67, The Yankee Orginization invited him to the Stadium for a farm team tryout and did well and the same year Atlantic Records had an interest in signing his group The Destinaires to a recording contract for a song written by Fred Kaplan and Dennis, but, the deal fell thru as well as the Yankee farm club deal due to Dennis being drafted for the mlitary . After returning from the military, (Vietnam) Dennis was asked to become a member of the Mello Kings in which he did from 71 to 72. After leaving the Mello Kings he reformed his original group The Destinaires then later changed the name to "DESTINY" in the mid 70's performing at various night clubs in the tri-state.
In the early 80's, he put together an orchestra behind him adding a female vocalist and featured the backup singing group (Destinaires) to perform a show. Destiny then became one of the most requested orchestra's to perform at banquets, weddings and dinner shows in the Tri-State area till 1996, when he decided to go as a solo performer.
He has been a guest on CBS 101 FM a number of times as well as
Wlux's Mickey B's Show on Long Island and has done several commercials for various companies including Honda.
Jerry Mokar - 2nd Tenor , Saxophone
Jerry Mokar sings 2nd tenor and plays sax for The Johnny Maestro Tribute Band. He's been performing professionally since the age of 12. He has played or opened up for many top entertainers such as Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, The Del Vikings, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, The Rascals, just to name a few.
I was born to play music. From a young age that's all I wanted to do. I begged my parents for music lessons. At 9 years old I started my lessons and never looked back. When I'm not performing with the group, you can find me in the recording studio or doing my solo act at restaurants, private parties, and nursing homes. It's been an honor to be asked by Grace Mastrangelo (Johnny Maestro's wife) to be part of this group. Johnny Maestro was and always will be someone I've admired my whole life. The Johnny Maestro Tribute Band was put together for one reason and one reason only...To keep Johnny Maestro's music alive!
Frank DiRobella - Baritone, Falsetto
Frank DiRobella has been around music from an early age listening to his father play piano and accordion. This influenced him to be an entertainer by age 5. Currently he is a Baritone/falsetto singer learning to play trumpet.
He began his journey playing piano and accordion studying under Joe Sano, in Irvington, NJ. He continued until age 9 when his interest swayed to percussion. Still playing keyboards, he ventured into drums. While growing up in Newark, NJ, vocal harmony was huge and always present. He could be found hanging with cousins & friends singing under railroad bridges. At that point Frank was playing in “garage and school” bands around age 13. By age 18, His professional career consisted of performing with Uptown/Downtown Disco/Funk Band, Wedding Bands, and Street Corner Band.
When asked to be a part of The Johnny Maestro Tribute Band, he welcomed the opportunity to be part of an era of music honoring the Great Johnny Maestro. When not performing with the Tribute Band, he is the owner of Sounds Of The Street, NJ’s most popular doowop/oldies band and has opened for Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Kenny Vance, The Duprees, The Association and the Coaster to name a few, at Richard Nadar’s Doowop Concert at the Meadowlands, NJ. He has also performed at Joey Harrison’s Surf Club, Ortley Beach, NJ opening for The Happenings and Gary US Bonds. Frank has performed at the Strand Theater, Lakewood, NJ, Count Basie Theater, Redbank, as well as appeared on Don K Reeds DooWop Shop on CBS Radio 101.1. He has performed at many outdoor concerts, Restaurants, car shows, Active Adult Communities, Italian Festivals, and clubs. The group also auditioned for America’s Got Talent and performed on Dick Fox’s Malt Shop Memories Cruise for their 10th Anniversary celebration in 2019.
Lou Gomez - 1st Tenor
Biography coming soon. Lou is still trying to find himself.
Bob Ligotino – Musical Director, Bass, Background Vocals
Bob was born to be a musician. He started playing music professionally at a very young age and has never stopped. He also has an illustrious history as a recording engineer, producer and musical arranger. As a versatile and proficient bass player, Bob has backed up numerous well-known artists such as Patti Labelle, The Drifters, Megaton, Joey Dee, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Gary US Bonds, and many others. As a music production professional, Bob has worked with artists such as Bon Jovi, Teddy Pendergrass, The Miracles, The Temptations, The Trammps, Melanie, Slave, The Rascals, The Delfonics, The Tokens, and Johnny Maestro himself. Bob is delighted to be a member of The Johnny Maestro Tribute Band, a national act dedicated to keeping Johnny Maestro’s music and memory alive.
Bud Brewer - Keyboards, Background vocals
Buddy started playing piano at the early age of 4. As time went on, he went on to the accordion at age 11, and then over to the organ. Soon after graduating high school, Buddy formed his first band “The Silvertones” which had a long career on the club scene. Buddy has had the pleasure of being the opening act for such legendary groups as the Duprees, Jay Black and the Americans, The 5 Satins, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge just to name a few. After taking a short break in the music business, Buddy teamed up with his long time friend Danny Faraone, who was the Drummer for the Silvertones. Buddy and Danny soon formed the group called Memphis. After 1 year as Memphis, they changed members, and went out as what’s known now as The Jersey Shades who are enjoying popularity in the club scene today.
Buddy always loved the sound of Do-wop music and vocal harmonies. Buddy left the Jersey Shades in 2004 to join forces with his friends The Class of 57, where Buddy was one of the main front singers, and occasionally on keyboards. When Buddy was sought out to be a part of the newly forming Johnny Maestro Tribute Band, he had no hesitation accepting the position. Buddy enjoys playing the keyboards and adding to the vocals. This organization of dedicated and extreamly talented individuals that comprise The Johnny Maestro Tribute Band paying homage to Johnny and his music.
Rene’ L. Cardona - Drums, Background Vocals
Rene’ L. Cardona was born on June 20, 1954 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. At a very early age Rene’ was already a Jersey boy living in Hoboken. Rene’ was raised in a typical diversified (Italian/American) neighborhood and quickly learned the City’s sound of not only NJ but our neighbor NYC, where his passion for perfection of music spun off.
Rene’s music career blossomed while still in grammar school joining his first band The Bats. Rene’ was Joey Dee & The Star Liters drummer for over 12 years. Throughout the years Rene’ backed up Jay Siegel of the Tokens, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Barbara Lewis; “Hello Stranger”, The Soul Survivors; “Express to Your Heart”. Rene’s drumming career gave him the opportunity to share the stage with such headliners as Larry Chance & the Earls, Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles, The Platters, Bowser, Tony Orlando & Dawn, and the late Ben E. King while they performed their number one hits which made them icons of their generation. Rene’ has traveled and performed throughout the Metropolitan area,US, Virgin Islands, and cruising the Caribbean on many cruise ships.
Rene’s expertise not only with his percussion talent segwayed his vocals bringing popular songs while recording with Charlie Lopez into Latin R&B renditions; Rene’s rendition of Lionel Ritchie’s Ballerina Girl & How Can I Be sure by the The Rascals is millifluous.
Currently you can see and hear Rene’ performing with the Johnny Maestro Tribute Band.
He is a passionate Musical Perfectionist and as Tony Orlando quoted “ Rene’ is a Musical Drummer”.
Matt DiGiovanni - Guitar
Matt started playing music on the piano at age 5, then switched to guitar at age 10. He has studied guitar with many instructors and attended the New York School of Commercial Music. Matt has played in various types of bands :-Cover bands, Wedding Bands, Big Band Orchestras, Tribute Band, Oldies-Doo Wop groups, a Christian Rock group as well as playing at Sunday morning mass at his church. These groups gave Matt the opportunity to play at numerous venues such as night clubs, catering halls, theatres, restaurants, township parks, school assemblies, churches, recovery groups and outreach programs. Matt enjoys all types of music – Jazz, fusion, blues, rock, country, oldies, swing and pop. Matt had the opportunity to open up for Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge on 2 occasions. Once in 1981 with The Mystics and then in 1992 with Vito and the Salutations. He is honored to be part of the Johnny Maestro Tribute Band helping to keep Johnny's music and memories alive. When Matt is not performing, you can find him teaching guitar at the School of Rock in Brick, NJ.