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THE BAND

RICK LEROY

// vocals

 

Rick has been performing since the age of 8. His music career has taken many different paths, from oldies to rock n roll and of course, country.  Rick has been fortunate enough to play with great musicians, and the cast of "Broken Hearts Show Band" is no different.   Performing has given Rick the chance to travel up and down the east coast of the USA, along with music stops on a few islands.

 

Rick believes "Music is good for the heart and soul" and he continues to want to put on the best show possible.

MARIE GOZIKOWSKI

// vocals

 

Marie has been singing and acting from the time she could talk.  She started off singing Karen Carpenter songs for her parent's friends, and was involved in the rock band "Off Limits" in the 80's.  She was a member of the dynamic vocal group "Wyalusing Swing Choir" for years.  In 2010 she joined the local 80's rock band "Infinity", and opened for Joan Jett.   

 

Marie is high energy, and loves to use her wireless mic to interact with the audience.    She believes in putting on a professional, fun show.   Her motto is "Where words fail, Music speaks".

BILL PESAVENTO

// bass

Bill has been playing Bass for over 50 years.  In the late 60’s & 70’s he was the bassist and rhythm guitarist for touring backup bands for such notables as Freddie Cannon, Dee Dee Sharp, Bryan Hyland, "Ruby and the Romantics" and Chubby Checker.  In the 80’s, he was a member of "Rock Band", "Rattle and the Country Band" and "Country Fire".  In the 90’s he was part of the touring "Oldies Show Band" and "Juke Box Saturday Night".

 

Recently Bill has been a part of "Stand Bac" (The Real Fleetwood Mac Tribute) and "Pure Country" (George Strait Tribute) bands. 

DAVE BARATTA

// steel guitar

 

Dave is a renowned pedal steel guitarist, who was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  He has 

been mastering the steel guitar for many years, starting his career off as early as 1987. Throughout that time, he has had the pleasure to perform with the top country bands in the region. His accomplishments include opening for elite national acts ranging from Charlie Daniels to Toby Keith.

 

Dave has a true passion for country music and the pedal steel guitar. He looks forward to performing alongside the talented musicians in the "Broken Hearts Band". 

GEORGE YEAGER 

// fiddle

George started out early , at age 6 he was playing a guitar and taking lessons from the infamous taskmaster Joe Bednarek. He went on to start his own garage bands in high school.  He self taught himself the fiddle in the early 70’s and played with the "Mud Pond Boys" at various events around the area. He played Bluegrass in those days and enjoyed playing with some of Nashville’s best - Jimmy Martin was a friend and he played many times with Jimmy until his passing. He played with New York City’s finest - Tony DeMarco and enjoyed many parties and venues with Tony.  He once played with the "Dubliners" who stopped into the Kirby Center from NYC and stopped into Squire Green on the square to play the Irish National Anthem with the "Weavers" - quite a thrill. In the late 70’s he joined "The Donegal Weavers", a Northeast Pennsylvania traditional Irish group. The "Weavers" played many venues in NEPA and so many St. Paddy’s days. He recorded several albums and CDs with the "Weavers" for over 25 years. It was with the "Weavers" that he really honed his skill. For the past 6 winters he has enjoyed playing with many great Arizona musicians while spending some sunny days in and around Bullhead City Az. and Las Vegas. But his roots brought him back to his beloved Country music and to the masters - George Jones, Willie, Waylon, Merle, Conway and lately the wonderful Dwight Yoakam.

 

The language of music speaks and “I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free. Amarillo by morning, Amarillo is where I'll be.” -- George Strait

MIKE PADDEN

// lead guitar

 

Mike has been playing guitar since age 14. His  career has seen him playing all styles of music.   He has been a member of the "Fabulous Bob O Band", "Whiskey and Woods", "StandBac" and "Guilty Pleasure".  His love of Country Music started at an early age with the Johnny Cash album " Live at Folsom Prison ".

 

His philosophy on performing is simply  "I'm here for a good time, so lets have some fun".

NICK KOZICKI

// keyboards

 

Nick resides and has been playing for years in various music projects in Northeastern Pa.  He began his music career at the age of 14 playing the accordion in small combos at local dinner clubs, while attending Plains High School and lettering in sports.  After high school, he attended King’s College majoring in Elementary 

and Special Education.  While in college, he began playing the Cordovox with the wedding quartet “The Grand Tour”, which was Gus Genetti's house band.  It was then that he switched over to Piano / Keyboards.  Following college graduation, "The Grand Tour" continued playing weddings, parties, local clubs and the Pocono resorts until it’s breakup in 1995. During that time he also taught at several schools in the Wilkes Barre School District.

 

From 1995 until 2000 he played in different local bands until he found the 9 piece band "Hoopla" which continues to play today at weddings, parties, local clubs and casinos. He also played with "Tom Sadge" (a renowned Neil Diamond tribute performer), "Stand Bac a Fleetwood Mac Tribute", and "The Second Dimension Duo". 

Throughout all those years of performing he never played country music.  When the opportunity presented itself, he eagerly accepted the keyboard position.  He likes the challenge of experiencing a whole new genre and playing style that the "Broken Hearts Band" presents in their show.

CHUCK GUDAITIS

// drums

With over 40 years of professional drumming experience, Chuck ranges from rock and R & B to country to big band and jazz.  Chuck’s drumming influences include Steve Smith of "Journey", Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones and Ringo Starr. His self-taught style evolved over the years from his childhood lessons.

 

He has played with a variety of 80’s rock bands, some rock-a-billy and did a long term stint as drummer for "Tom Sadge’s Neil Diamond Tribute Band".  As he continues to amp up his chops, Chuck is focusing currently on northeast Pennsylvania bands.

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