110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Oct 2, 2012 - 8:09:34pm
Knights to Remember consists of five seasoned graduates of street-corner harmony, each sharing lead vocals, adding to the group’s versatility.
Lead and first tenor Dennis Hurlie is a native of Westchester County, N.Y. He has 32 years of experience performing across the New York metropolitan area. His credits include 18 years with the seven-piece band Rolland DeSoto and the Fabulous Studebakers, and 14 years with a five-member a cappella group, The Magic Touch, which recorded two CDs on Starlight Discs.
Lead, first/second tenor Brian Daly is no newcomer to doo-wop. He has performed with Carlo Mastrangelo from the original Belmonts and with Classic Artists performers The Five Boroughs. During his tenure with The Five Boroughs, he performed with and did backup harmonies for Rudy West of The Five Keys, and Jimmy Beaumont of The Skyliners, and opened for Dion, along with a host of other great ’50s performers in Fort Lauderdale, New York and California. His single “Heaven & Cindy” was recorded on Classic Artists Records, and has been requested on oldies radio from New York to California and Europe.
Lead, second tenor Pete Barbera hails from Queens, N.Y. Pete is a graduate of old time rock ’n’ roll and street-corner harmony. After 30-something years of playing drums and singing with Last Call and numerous New York groups, he formed, sang and recorded with The Note-tations, a Long Island-based oldies show group. Pete has proudly shared the stage with such greats as Emil Stucchio and The Classics, The Duprees, Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers, The Impalas, The Mystics, The Passions, The Marvelettes and many others.
Soprano, first tenor lead Siobhan Daly is the newest member of the group. She has been Knights to Remember’s “secret weapon” at many of their gigs in the past. The Knights are proud to share the stage with Siobhan and welcome her and the dimension she adds to the group. Siobhan majored in music in the South Florida area, where she met her husband, Brian. She spent several years with The Five Boroughs, performing in Florida, New York, Las Vegas and California. Siobhan also recorded the single “One Too Many Lies” for Classic Artists Records. She has shared the stage with Rudy West of The Five Keys, Jimmy Beaumont of The Skyliners, and J.T. Carter of The Crests, just to name a few.
Bass man Mike Van Degna is also from the New York metropolitan area. Mike grew up singing with his friends on street corners, in bathrooms and at train stations (any place with an echo). Later, he moved on to singing with various groups in clubs and other venues. Mike enjoys imitating the styles of the original artists, adding his own unique bottom notes. He is a charter member of The Doo Wops, and has opened for a number of performing groups, including Joey Dee and The Starliters, The Flamingos, and Larry Chance & The Earls.
Knights to Remember’s repertoire includes such songs as “Come Go With Me,” “That’s My Desire,” “It’s Only Make Believe,” and many, many more. What better way to spend the afternoon than hearing those great old songs from the ’50s and ’60s!
Knights to Remember will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Shoestring Theatre, located at 380 S. Goodwin St. in Lake Helen. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for students. To make reservations, call 386-985-1655.
— Dave Fedor is a producer of Jukebox Players’ musical variety shows, and is president of the Shoestring Theatre board of directors.
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