GEORGE KELLINGERis a muscian with many musical tastes. From Classic Rock to Blues, Country, R&B, to the somber sound of Native American Flute. Growing up he was heavily influenced by Southern Rock and was particularly influenced by the late Berry Oakley of The Allman Brothers Band. "The first time I ever saw the Allman Brothers Band is when I became interested in playing bass. Berry Oakley played with such ease but could turn on the thunder and really lay into it" he said. Although starting rather late in life, he has always had that drive and desire.
Some of his other influences were the late Felix Pappalardi of Mountain, and Rick Danko from The Band. "These were bands from my era growing up and they were just awesome. To me, I am in awe of a thunderous bass player, but I am also as captivated by the music of such Jazz greats as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker or Dizzy Gillespie. Music touches people in many different ways and for me, it doesn't matter what genre, when the melody or the lyrics touch you in your heart, it means something. Just exactly what that meaning is for you as an individual, well, only you know that".
Today's favorites include Geezer Buttler of Black Sabbath, Rev Jones of Mountain, SteelHeart, Michael Schenker Group, and John Entwhistle of The Who, Jaco Pastorius, Flea, and Michael Anthony. He also has a love of Celtic Folk Music which took hold early on and as a result, he is a very accomplished Bagpiper for over 20 years.
MARK VACCARO has been a part of the NY/NJ music scene for over 30 years. He started playing drums at age 11 and is still going strong. Past teachers have included Joey Cass (The Four Seasons), Lou Oddo (NY/NJ session player - mallets), Michael Hinton (Broadway, Airto & Flora, Films), Nick Cerrato (Broadway), Rich DeRosa (Gerry Mulligan Band, Marian McPartland) & the late Roland Kohloff (Timpanist – NY Philharmonic, The Julliard School).
His love of music has crossed many styles. He has taught privately and in NJ school systems and has played for numerous projects including regional/dinner theater productions (Livingston Players, Chatham Players), orchestras (Metropolitan Orchestra, Plainfield Symphony, and Livingston Symphony), numerous studio sessions and even parades. Some past original and cover bands have included The Dom DiGioia Group, Naughty Milton, Walk the Talk, Frankie Goes to Englewood, the Santana tribute band – Stone Flower, Hat Trick and Unidentified Remains. He has performed with a diverse array of performers including Marilyn Horne, Vic Juris, Rae Serrano and Mark Radice.
Mark holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University) and resides in Garfield, New Jersey.