A group that bills itself as “New York’s premiere event band” will grace the stage of Veterans Memorial Park this evening.
T.S. Ensemble will perform tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Granville Summer Concert Series.
The Albany-based group is an eight-piece band featuring male and female vocals, trumpet, saxophone, guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. The band plays an expansive variety of music, ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles to today’s latest dance hits. The group has been performing at weddings, corporate functions, gala, parties special events, clubs and local concert series for more than 30 years.
The band is led by vocalist, drummer and emcee Al Santoro, who cofounded T.S. Ensemble in 1980. Born in Schenectady, Al began his musical career with the Empire State Youth Orchestra and has been playing professionally for over 30 years.
The band’s female vocals are provided by Terry Haddad-Santoro. A professional musician for the past 11 years, Terry has performed on cruise lines, resorts, the national tour for Scholastic’s “The Magic School Bus,” as well as opened for Tony Orlando.
John Snyder is a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology and has performed with renowned local and national musicians over the past two decades. Snyder has also served as a private music instructor in upstate New York for 15 years.
Dave Grant is one the longest tenured members of the band, having joined in 1986. He is the band’s bassist and provides “gritty rock and roll vocals.”
Vocalist and keyboardist John Profetta is the owner of Silver Streak Studio, a 24 track recording studio in Clifton Park and has appeared alongside a number of accomplished performers, including The Charlie Daniels Band.
Ken Parmele is known for his versatility on both tenor and alto saxophones and has been one of the most sought-after players in the Capital District since moving to the region in 1989.
Tino Santoro is both a vocalist and trumpet player who has lent his unique sound to regional acts for the past 25 years.
Percussionist Jesse Sherwood has been playing professionally for 15 years and is one of the newest members of the ensemble.
Thursday’s concert is the penultimate performance of the Summer Concert Series. The final concert will be held on Aug. 21 when Country Express comes to town.
Admission to all concerts is free.
The concert series is supported by regional businesses, local organizations and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.