Funkle Fester is a unique musical experience not unlike New Orleans funk with an added infusion of high-energy world percussion beats and bass-slapping danceable grooves. These seven sensational members include a saxophonist, trumpeter, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, and a separate percussionist who skillfully incorporates timbales, congas, bongos, and other rhythmic instruments. From their beachside home towns of Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach, Florida, Funkle Fester brings the fun, happy, party-like atmosphere of the beaches to any venue. Whether listening to this band for the first time or having followed them since their conception in 2013, you’ll want to jump out of your seat and hit the dance floor when Funkle Fester takes the stage.
Bill Hanney (Keys) – Bill is an analytical thinker with a mind for structure. Bill keeps the band grounded and the songs in an organized musical arrangement. Using his prized vintage Hammond-esque keyboard/organ, he evokes emotion and excitement for the listener as he adds his blazing keyboard runs and searing note-holds. Bill’s vintage sound and innate vintage style is essential to maintaining the band’s footing in authentic old-school funk while his lead work transcends the era. Bill’s ability to do this is an absolute reflection of his life experiences as a former VW bus driving surfer/skater turned practical family man and entrepreneur. His favorite bands and musical influences at the moment are The New Mastersounds, Lettuce, and Soulive.
John Alison (Guitar) – John is a life-long surfer and all-around waterman who has lived in Satellite Beach most of his life. The band gets together each week at his house to practice, jam, and record. John’s simple riffs are percussive and catchy providing a fun & funky foundation for their danceable melodic grooves. He is influenced by old-school funk and the multi-flavored New Orleans style music. John Frusciante from his favorite band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as music from Galactic, Dumpstafunk, Big Shirley, and The Meters also add to his inspiration and technique.
Keith Capizzi (Drums)– Keith’s skills on the drums seem almost instinctual. He was born with a heightened sense of coordination and this is reflected in more than just his skills as a drummer. Keith is a long-time professional skateboarder and has been able to take those same skateboarding maneuvers into the water where he absolutely rips on his innovative blunt-tipped surfboard as well. His musical tastes are widely diverse and therefore add a musical medley of multi-style infusion into his funk drumming technique giving the band a unique flavor. Keith on drums and Reid on percussion provide a union of rhythmic funk and world-beat. Keith’s favorite band is Cake and he is most influenced by the drumming techniques of the band Sublime.
Mark Sunderland (Trumpet) – Mark is a much admired member of the band who is gratefully welcomed by the band any chance he is available to join them. Mark is a highly skilled, multi-talented instrumentalist with a true passion and gift for playing the trumpet. His ability to step-in and harmonize with other instruments, create memorable phrasings, craft the most intricate high-energy solos reaching almost unimaginable octaves, and improvise on the fly whether on stage or in the studio is indescribable. He is a true professional and great guy.
Michael McCutchan (Bass) – Mike’s dedication to funk keeps the band headed in the right direction by never straying far from those highly percussive, thumb-slapping, booty shaking baselines. Mike lays down the grooves that get our listeners up and dancing. His aggressive yet tasteful bass playing echoes his high-performance surfing style on his longboard. In his home town of Cocoa Beach, Mike has become a well-known local figure easily recognized while either on his skateboard, surfboard, kiteboard, or just hanging out with friends and family on the beach. His Flea-like bass attack is a prominent and distinguishing piece of the band’s catchy funk-inspired melodic grooves. Mike’s favorite bands are Fishbone and Mr. Bungle while his greatest musical influence is Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Patrick Riordan (Tenor Sax) – Knowing his way around most instruments, Patrick is a multi-talented instrumentalist as well as an amazing saxophonist and singer. With Pat’s ability to write catchy musical hooks and infectious toe-tapping melodies on his saxophone, he gives each song definition and distinction. Very often, it’s Pat’s ripping runs and screaming lead work on his sax that capture the most attention. Pat’s highly tuned musical knowledge and tasteful collaboration play an integral part in the band’s success and forward momentum. Whether Pat is laying down a melodic sax lick or belting out some remarkably soulful vocal lines, Patrick is a gifted performer and star front-man for the band.
Reid Siljestrum (Percussion)– Reid is a carefree, laid back, mustache wearing character and his skills and talents as a highly schooled musician are essential to the band’s overall sound and musical impact. His playing style creates a percussive sensation that commands attention and transposes the band’s musical significance across several genres including Funk, Jazz, R&B, and Reggae while fusing the musical flavors of multiple ethnicities such as Latin, Cuban, African, and Polynesian. This prominent world-beat in tight collaboration with the drummer creates a very unique rhythm structure for the band arguably necessitating a new genre of music. Reid’s musical influences include Ginger Baker, Elvin Jones, and John Bonham.
Bobby Lucas (Alto & Soprano Sax) – Great guy, good friend, and multi-talented drop-in band member, Bobby Lucas, adds his amazing genre-crossing touches to each song providing that full-bodied smoothness appealing to all jazz lovers, funk enthusiasts, and modern pop hipsters. As another lead instrumentalist and improvisational artist, Bobby joins forces to create an unbelievably tight and collaborative horn section that shapes the Funkle Fester live experience.
Johnny McGuire (Bass Trombone & Alto Trombone) - Incredibly talented musician and the newest member of the band, Trombone Johnny adds his deep love of authentic New Orleans' Dixieland style improvisational horn playing to the mix. Johnny is a seasoned professional playing with big name bands and horn sections throughout his career to date. His scooping note holds, growling blasts, and blazing runs are done in such a unique way that he has created his own signature style.
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