MEET THE BAND
“They had a hard time convincing me it wasn't me. It's uncanny."
- BILLY JOEL in the New York Times
Mike DelGuidice, one of Long Island's most celebrated performers. After 18 years of playing Billy Joel’s music in his band Big Shot, Mike DelGuidice now lives a dream come true. In October of 2013, Billy Joel heard Mike sing, and personally hired Mike to join his band. Mike's encyclopedic knowledge of the Billy Joel catalog made him a perfect fit as background vocalist and guitarist for BILLY JOEL. And now you can see Mike on tour with Billy Joel all over the US & world in major arenas and stadiums including every month at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Mike is a brilliant vocalist and composer and a master of several instruments including bass guitar, guitar, piano and drums.
Billy Joel, Brian Setzer, Movin' Out Musical Director
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Tommy Byrnes has been Billy Joel's guitarist and musical director for the past 29 years. He was key in helping Billy and Twyla Tharp create the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash Movin' Out and served as the show's Musical Director during its long run. Tommy has toured and collaborated with rockabilly legend Brian Setzer (co-writing Setzer's hard-hitting "Barbwire Fence"). His further credits include artists as diverse as Enrique Inglesias, Joan Jett, Hall & Oats, and as a songwriter he's penned tunes for Mandy Moore and others.
John Scarpulla has been on the cutting edge of the New York music industry since his graduation Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School of Music where he studied saxophone.John was the featured and lead Saxophonist with the Tony Award Winning (Best Music/Best Choreography) Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp collaboration entitled "Movin' Out" at the Richard Roger's Theater on Broadway. On the show, he played the lead Tenor Sax chair as well as Soprano and Baritone Saxes and Percussion.
John has toured, recorded and performed with some of the biggest stars in the music business including, Tower of Power, Billy Joel, Hall & Oates, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton, Huey Lewis, Huey Lewis, Salt-n-Pepa, Taylor Dayne to name just a few.
John continues to be a major player on the New York scene doing studio work and he is currently touring with Diana Ross in-between the Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot tour dates.
Chuck Burgi has performed, recorded and toured nationally and internationally.
Chuck is the current drummer for The Billy Joel Band.
In 2002, Chuck debuted on Broadway drumming for the smash musical Movin’ Out, which featured the music of Billy Joel and the choreography of Twyla Tharp. While playing the final shows of Movin’ Out, Chuck was approached by Billy Joel to join him for a world tour in support of his My Lives album. Chuck has continued performing sold out shows throughout the world with Billy Joel.
Chuck recorded the 12 Gardens Live album and Billy Joel's first song in fifteen years entitled Christmas in Fallujah. Chuck also performed the historic Shea Stadium shows, and completed an unprecedented fourteen-month tour of sold out shows with the Elton John and Billy Joel Face-2-Face Tour.
Burgi has played and toured with Al Di Meola, Hall and Oates, Joe Lynn Turner, Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult, Meat Loaf, Fandango and Enrique Iglesias and has recorded with numerous other artists, including Michael Bolton, Glen Burtnik, Bon Joviand and Diana Ross.
Carmine is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Carmine is Alexa Ray Joel's band pianist. Carmine performed with Billy Joel at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Carmine accompanied LeAnne Rimes on piano as she performed Billy Joel’s Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel). He also worked and recorded with LeAnne as well. He also accompanied Billy Joel for the Centennial Awards from ASCAP.
Carmine is a regular on Broadway curently working with The Production of The Lion King. He played the synth/keys chair in Movin' Out (Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Tony Award winning Broadway show), was also the principal synth player for the 1st National tour of Movin' Out. He also worked, toured and recorded with: TheTrans-Siberian Orchestra, Ritchie Blackmore's Night, Carly Simon, Joe Lynn Turner, Nine Days, Jill Gioia, 0'2L, Greg Raposo, Sasha Laiard, JIVE Jones.
Joining Big Shot in early 2004, Nick was the quintessential addition to Big Shots rhythm section , with the deep and prominent tone that is reminiscent of the late great Billy Joel bassist Doug Stegmeyer. Nick joined Big Shot after a long and hugely successful run with the band Nine Days. Which boasted The number one single, “Absolutely,'(This is the story of a girl). Nicks solid bass playing and quiet and humble spirit has made him one of the most likable and solid commodities that Big Shot boasts. Nick is widely known and respected as one of long islands best and talented players, and has molded solidly to drummer Chuck Burgi, creating one of the most solid rhythm sections you will find. Big Shot is fortunate to have such a great person and bass player.
ALSO PERFORMING WITH
Mike has recorded and toured with the legendary Ritchie Blackmore and with the gold-record-selling classic rock band Zebra. He has performed for a number of years with New York rock band Kid Gloves (appearing with such major bands as Bad Company, E.L.O., Zebra, and Keanu Reeves).
Mike was also part of Billy Joel's Broadway musical Movin' Out and is currently subbing on the Broadway production of Grease.
Ken Cino - from Suffolk County, Long Island. Ken's home was always full of music. Ken's first love was of course, The Beatles.
The first time Ken heard Billy Joel was when his mother purchased him “The Stranger” album as a Christmas present. He never imagined he would eventually be in a band (Big Shot) performing Billy Joel's music with current legendary members of Billy Joel's band.
Ken always wanted to be a drummer, but his family members chipped in, and bought him an acoustic guitar for his 13th Birthday. By the 1990s, Ken began playing in local bands, and scouting for young talent. It was at this time when Ken met a young piano player who sounded just like Billy Joel. That piano player is Long Island’s famous, Mike DelGuidice. At that time Ken had formed the popular Long Island band "Kid Gloves" with other famous Long Island musicians Peter Cintorino and Mike Sorrentino. So they asked Mike to join Kid Gloves.
In 2000, Mike asked Ken to play in his Billy Joel cover band, Big Shot. Ken was excited to join such a great band, and to have the opportunity to play with the legends, Tommy Byrnes and Chuck Burgi, who are not only Long time members of Billy Joel's band, but are also full time members of Mike DelGuidice's band Big Shot. Ken considers “The Stranger” to be his favorite Billy Joel song, and enjoys soloing and performing this song live with the musicians who also currently perform it live with Billy Joel in concert.
Ken’s response when asked how he feels to be a part of this great band is simply, “Mike DelGuidice is my life long friend and I am very proud to be a part of this amazing band!”