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MARK J. TELESCA -VOCALS / BASS
Mark has been on the South Florida music scene for over a decade. Proficient in many styles of music from classical to jazz, Mark has worked in several symphonies; he has held the bass chair in over a dozen Broadway musicals and he has shared the stage with some very well known names in the rock and blues industry.After ten years of being a sideman, this is his first attempt at stepping out and fronting his own band. His expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of blues lovers everywhere.
MIKE "BIG DOG" HUNDLEY- GUITAR
Mike began his music career playing guitar for his local church at
the age of nine. As a teenager he moved his talents into the clubs and
larger venues, working in some
RICK (RICO) GERAGI - PERCUSSION / DRUMS
Originally from Pittsburgh , PA , Rico found his way to Los Angeles , California . He quickly became part of the music scene and remained there for 20 years. He has toured, recorded or shared the stage with many major artists including Lani Hall (Sergio Mendez), Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson), Delaney Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie), Robbie Neville, as well as Lionel Hampton and Carole King. Soon after relocating to South Florida it didn't take long for him to be picked up by some of the most popular bands in the area. His years of experience, vast knowledge of rhythm, and flowing mixture of percussion and drums helps to make Blues Dragon totally unique.
THE REVEREND T. MONACO - HAMMOND ORGAN
Tony began his music career as a guitar player at the age of 7. However once he witnessed the sound of a spinning Leslie coupled to a Hammond organ, he began a life long love affair with the Hammond. Though his style has been influenced by many keyboard players, his early influences included such organ greats as Booker T. and , to more modern day heroes like Tony Monaco (yes, the other one) and Joey Defrancesco. As a multi- keyboardist, his journey took him to studios and stages from New York to Los Angeles, at which time his focus was on synthesizers and piano. During this time The Reverend toured with Foreigner, Steppenwolf, and Quarterfash. As fate would have it, his invitation to work with Mark Telesca and Blues Dragon has led him back to his passion...... The Hammond Organ. Now, he brings that passion to his friends in Blues Dragon....."The Reverend is in the House!!!"
FRED WENG - PERCUSSION / DRUMS
Born and raised in South Jersey, Fred got his musical start in bands
around the Jersey shore and the Philadelphia area. He earned his
music degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University ) and
after graduation took the position of Instrumental Music Director for
Sterling High School in Somerdale N.J. After 4 years of playing and
teaching he left the high school and moved to New York to join the
progressive (and theatrical) rock band “Harlequin”. Later he helped form
a classic rock trio called “The Differents”. Fred spent his last couple
of years in N.Y. playing club dates and jazz gigs all over Manhattan and
the Tri-State area before moving to So. Florida to join “The Technics”.
He now keeps his musical ideas fresh by playing in a variety of bands;
rock, jazz and blues. He met Mark on a couple of gigs over the past few