MEET THE BAND

Photography by John Bruno
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Mike DelGuidice

“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.

He is the author of two albums "My Street" and "Miller Place" and several of his new songs are currently under favored consideration for film soundtracks, including Mike's song, "Ordinary Guy" which is the theme song for the Keven James sitcom, "Kevin Can Wait".  
Mike now juggles his busy schedule with his band Big Shot along with weekly shows around the USA and abroad with Billy Joel.
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Tommy Byrnes

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.

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Chris Milillo

Chris has performed internationally in support of such artists as Stone Temple Pilots, The B52's, KC and the Sunshine Band, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra, to name a few. His recorded work has appeared on "The Late, Late Show" on CBS and the nation's airwaves. Originally from The Bronx, NY, Chris has been playing the drums and other instruments since the age of 10. He is the owner of a private music school in Brewster, NY and also writes, records, and produces original music for his company, "Funk Factor Music".

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Nick Dimichino

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.

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Michael Jewell

Keys/Synth

Michael, A Ithaca college of music graduate and one of the most accomplished keyboardist in the country. Michael has recorded with Don Johnson and Barbara Streisand and performed with Sheena Easton and Michael Bolton.

He has written an recorded a myriad of songs for TV, Radio and Movies over the last 30 years, many of which have been heard throughout the world.Two of his tracks were featured in Michael Moore’s Oscar winning film “Bowling For Columbine”.

He is currently a member of “The Fast Lane” a tribute to the Eagles.

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The Big Shot Horns

Adam Seely – Alto & Baritone Saxophones, horn arranger 
Ed Leone – Trombone
Jason Chapman – Trumpet
Rob Cutts – Tenor Saxophone

Absolutely nothing punches up an already phenomenal Big Shot show like The Big Shot Horns!  First performing with Michael DelGuidice back in 2002, The Big Shot Horns have been regularly featured on stage with Michael DelGuidice & Big Shot and many other bands in the New York City area for almost 30 years.

Originally the horn section for the Long Island funk band Funky in the MiddleThe Big Shot Horns have been the go-to horn section that has collaborated with original artists and the best tribute bands on the tri-state area music scene. They have toured nationally, and have shared the stage and the studio with Gloria Gaynor, David Bickler of Survivor, Spyro Gyra, Will Lee, Denny Lane, Gary U.S. Bonds, American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, Nine Days and former Tower of Power and Blood, Sweat & Tears vocalist Tom Bowes. With original writing, unique arranging, and tight section playing, The Big Shot Horns truly are the complete package of horn section power and energy.

With Adam Seely on alto and baritone saxophones, Rob Cutts on tenor saxophone, Jason Chapman on trumpet, and the one and only Ed Leone on trombone, The Big Shot Horns bring that BIG horn sound to such Billy Joel classics as “Tell Her About It,” “Keeping the Faith,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Movin’ Out”; Elton John favorites like “Tiny Dancer” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”; and can dig into faithful renditions of Billy Joel B-sides such as “Easy Money” and “Half a Mile Away.” When Mike and the boys decide to go into iconic rock classics like “25 or 6 to 4,” “Live and Let Die” or “Sledgehammer”, The Big Shot Horns are there and ready to make the show like no other!

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Mike Sorrentino

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.

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Ken Cino

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!”

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Lenny Rocillo

Lenny has performed with such known artists as Bonnie Tyler, Joe Lynn Turner, Bret Michaels, Geoff Tate, Rob Halford, Charlie Daniels as well as some other notable acts. He also worked with comedian Jim Breuer and was featured on the Sirius XM Jim Breuer show. Lennys original song entitled THUMBTACK has been featured on SONY Play Station video game "Road Rash Jail break".

Instruments:
Lenny plays an array of custom-basses made by luthiers Brady Muckelroy and Abe Rivera which includes, 5-string fretted and fretless basses, 6-string fretted, 31-fret piccolo as well as vintage Fender Jazz/precision, Rickenbacker. Upright basses both acoustic and electric
and a Hamer 12 string.

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Carmine Giglio

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.

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John Scarpulla

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.