Primary Vocalists: John Zollo, Jim Pace, Frank Russo, Don Silk
Back line Musicians and Vocalists:
Bass/ Mike Bruzik
Guitar/Vocals- Peter Gentile
Drums - Jack Murry
The core group has performed in the NY metro area since the 1980s playing 100s of venues, clubs, parties, concerts and weddings. Historically the group has strong acappella roots and our members hail originally from Brooklyn and Queens. The Dedications also performed as the Ribitones, the Newports and the Mystics.
The Core group of Jim Pace, Frank Russo, Peter Gentile and Don Silk have been together since the 1980s and bring with them the consistency and freshness of the Dedications 1960s era sound.
Building on our DOO-WOP legacy the Dedications with the addition of John Zollo on lead, perform live music with a 4-piece vocal group and a 4–5-piece backup band. The group delivers 50/60s harmony, rock and roll, ballads, and classic rock for dancing and listening audiences.
The Dedications prefer to perform with a full band. At the current time the group consists of a lead singer three dedicated background singers and two additional singers from the musical backline. Four of the background singers sing lead vocals which provides a multi-style aspect to the Dedications performances.
Musical accompaniment is Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar and Sax when desired,.
On occasion for short intimate venues the group can provide acappella with guitar accompaniment or utilize music tracks in smaller venues not capable of accommodating a full band.
A history of recording projects and record releases from the 1960s till today.
The Dedications Legacy would not exist without the people who have supported and contributed to our success as a 50s/60s group.
Our thanks to:
Don K Reed
Sample songs by current band members.
The Dedications has had the good fortune to have great musicians back the singing group, noted below. See our photo gallery and observe the joy of making music.
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An original song by Phil Spina, Jim Pace and Peter Gentile
Performed by the Dedications as the Newports
An original song by Phil Spina, Jim Pace and Peter Gentile
Performed by the Dedications
Recorded Music that cover some of our favorite selections.
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John Zollo lives in Smithtown and is the Former Town Attorney for the Town of Smithtown, serving the Town for 12 years, currently a practicing attorney with offices in Nesconset. Known as the Smithtown Crooner, he has a varied vocal background performing with several different rock bands singing hard-rock including songs of; Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad, Mott the Hoople and Bad Company. He has toned it down now singing the songs that he grew up on in the 50s and 60s. His musical influences have been Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Danny Kaye, Roy Orbison, Frankie Valli, Elvis, the Beatles and Billy Joel. John is always grateful when asked to perform and he believes music is the key to the soul and keeps us all young.
Frank Russo grew up in Brooklyn. Frank is a great resource for the who, what where, and when of 50's and 60's music. His favorite singer: Clyde McPhatter. His favorite Groups: The 5 Keys, The Moonglows, & the early Drifters. In the past Frank has sung with the Renditions, the Ribitones and the Mystics. Frank currently resides in Deer Park, NY
Jim Pace grew up in Sunnyside, Queens. His prior recording experiences were with the Newports ("If I Could Tonight"), Essentials ("Teenage Sweetheart"), Val Roy's, Ribitones
and the Mystics.
Currently residing in Smithtown, NY. Jim is strongly engaged in writing, recording and producing New-Wop and major album projects.
You can find his latest co-produced Another Time Around album on most internet music sites, and on CD Baby.
Peter Gentile grew up in Flushing, Queens. His association with various 50's and 60's Groups have included the Kopy Kates, Setons and the Ribitones. Pete adds a special dimension as the musical director for the Dedications and an additional vocalist. Along with the Dedications Peter performed as the guitarist for the Mystics. Pete currently resides in Delray Beach, FL and Mashpee, MA. Peter also performs with the Renditions (of SF) www.renditiionsofSF.com and as a solo entertainer, you can see and hear him perform at www.elitesongs.com
Aviation HS Queens NY class of '69; Started playing bass in '71; Musical Influences- Kingston Trio, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Association, Moody Blues; he has played on stage with the Belmont's and The Mystics; played in 2 Brooklyn based groups, Destiny and Jam Pact. He joined up with the Dedications in 1988. He now is a featured background and lead singer for the group. He also runs DDD Studio in Shirley NY. having recorded a good portion of the Dedications albums. You can record your music there, contact us or Don at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike relocated to New York in the mid-70’s while chasing the proverbial ‘musical star’, playing at Max’s Kansas City, CBGB and other NYC venues with metal bands “The Undergod” and “Heaven’s Axe,” and on the vibrant Long Island club scene of the 70’s and 80’s with a diversity of groups, including big bands, Springsteen and The Doors tribute bands and Oak Beach Inn house bands. He has spent four decades playing the Do-Wop scene, starting in 1980 with ‘The Ribitones’ (and subsequently ‘The Dedications’,) as well as ‘The Decades’ and ‘The Mystics.’ He has also organized and participated in concerts of 20th century music under the sponsorship of the Electronic Music Studio @ Hofstra University and the Long Island Composers Alliance.
Jack is one of the most talented drummers on the R&R scene. Jack has played with the Dedications since 1980 and has reunited with the group off and on and is currently the go to drummer for the group.
Jack has played with many big name groups over the years, including: TBD.
Jack appears on a number of CD albums with the Dedications.
(Additional information to be added in a future update)
It wasn't Greg's idea!
When he was 12 years old his two best friends had a hare-brained idea to start a band. A tin drum set with plastic heads, a Hohner electric organ, a Fender Jaguar guitar and three kids in the basement. Greg has been playing live and recording ever since, the last twenty-seven years with Risky Business. He is a quick study and a good utility vocalist; handy for playing with two bands at once. The Dedications are giving Greg lots of opportunity to sharpen his skills playing in "less familiar" keys. Thanks, fellas. ;)
Like some other members of the group, Greg has a home studio and has done even more recording than usual during the pandemic year. Mostly he works alone, but has produced and arranged music for other artists as well. He's also made a hobby out of collecting instruments and trying to make music with them. His rapidly expanding collection includes acoustic and electric guitars, bass (his favorite), ukulele, autoharp, melodica, banjo and a trove of what his wife refers to as "bangy things" - various hand drums and other things to beat on, rattle and shake. That "hare-brained idea" was fifty years ago. Greg is still having a blast.
Dennis Schmidt - Lead Singer
Lou Benevento - Lead Singer
Bill Reichert - Lead Singer
Mike Paquette - Lead Singer
Al Tohn - Vocalist
Freddy "Frogs" Toscano - Vocalist:
Artie Ross - Vocalist
John Mangione - Sax
Richy "B" Bunnada - Sax
Carl Barreto - Drums
Tony Genovese- Drums
Irv Berner - Guitar
John Gentile - Piano
Sal Grosso- Drums
Augie Fesler - Drums
Lou Liguori - Vocalist (Tenor Harmony and Lead)
Jim Pace with the Newports
A video that almost captures all the personnel that have played with the Dedications over ther last 40 YEARS