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FRED MILLER

Harmonicas, Vocals

Fred Miller was born and raised on a cattle farm in rural PA so is well versed in the culture and music of the tri-state area. He spent his younger years cutting his teeth wailing on the harmonica and singing in a variety of bands having both country and rock and roll roots so evolving to playing Da Blues was only natural. Fred is an active musician in the area hosting numerous open mics and is a staunch supporter of live music. He has played with numerous area Blues bands and has perfomed in a variety of festivals, benefits, parties and many local clubs and restaurants.
You can also catch Fred fonting his own band The Fred Miller Band at select venues in Delaware and Pennsylvania.




TOM NOONE

Percussion, Vocals

Tom has been a regular with our band for a couple years and can drive the rhythm in a variety of styles from gool old rock 'n roll to an awesome shuffle to a straight up jazz beat that gets the patrons dancin' in the streets! Tom has a solid history in the state as a treasured musician. We are thankful he has offered to stand in as our rhythm section as frequently as he has.
You can also catch Tom with Green Eggs and Jam at select venues.




PAUL MORÉ

Percussion

Paul has been playing drums most of his life, with his grandfather as his initial influence. He started off with rock and roll then eventually gravitated towards jazz and blues as this was the music his parents enjoyed regularly. Paul played in his first band, “Monkey House”, starting out at age 18 in Philadelphia. Since 1991, he has also performed as a member of the Victory Christian Fellowship House Band, playing a variety of gospel and contemporary Christian material. Paul studied with Mr. Carl Motola in Philadelphia, and continues to be involved in as many different musical opportunities as are offered to further his passion and love for this wonderful thing called music.




STEVE LONG

Percussion

Steve Long offers up a percussion style that truly added to Venom Blues fourth CD! This man can put out some rhythms that will keep you coming back for more!




FRANK McKITTY

Saxophone

Frank McKitty grew up in New York, studied saxophone and flute in New Orleans and returned to New York before moving to the DE/PA area. While in New York, Frank played with a number of rehearsal bands, worked with society bands, led his own quartet, and worked a great deal in the Latin music scene. By day, Frank worked as a Financial/Operations Analyst for large independent film company in New York. Frank has had original compositions performed at Merkin Hall and has performed at Birdland, Iridium, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and other venues in the NY and PA/DE Tri-State areas. A partial list of acts performed with includes the Temptations, the Four Seasons, the Stan Rubin Orchestra, the Lynn Oliver Orchestra, Los Tremendos de Colombia, Los Chevres de Colombia, Las Chicas and Kitty Mayo's Empress Band. He performed in the reed section for off-broadway productions of "Mame" and "No, No, Nanette". Frank has also recorded and worked with the jazz groups Kombu Combo and the 23rd Street Quartet.




Friends and Memories



JOHN REDA

Saxophones, Vocals

We will miss an old friend...
John Reda, at age 55, son of Louise DiTomasso and the late Michael Reda, passed away peacefully at his home on September 16, 2009.
John Reda was the true veteran in this band. With over 40 years of performing under his belt, he knew how to kick up the crowd. Belting out some unbelievable solos, he brought an enormous wealth of musical knowledge to the band. John played with dozens of bands in the Northeast including Charlie Murray, Earl Rice, Joe Allegro and Melissa Martin. He has also performed in the pit band for the Everett Theater Orchestra for Nunsense and Jesus Christ Superstar. John excelled in other areas as well. He was able to rattle off some serious big band vocals and caress the skins...
Frank Sinatra is gone, and now, alas, John has gone to join him. May we hope that John has found the band he deserves rocking around the Pearly Gates. Rest in peace, John.




STORMIN' NORMAN THOMAS

Percussion, Vocals

Norman has moved on to other projects and we wish him well in his future endeavours.




C. "Junior" Patterson

Percussion

Junior has moved on to other projects and we wish him well in his future endeavours.




FRANKIE GRAY

Saxophone

Frankie has moved on to other projects and we wish him well in his future endeavours.




ARAM PILIGIAN

Saxophone

Aram is one talented musician but lives way cross country! We wish him well and that gasoline prices come down some day! You'll be hearing more from this guy real soon!




NICK PIETROPOLO

Percussion

Whether you call him Nick, Nick Danger, RuFuS, Animal or any other expletive, this Philly born musician kicks the whuzzit out o' da cans! We wish him the best!




DAN DiREDA

Harmonicas, Vocals

Dan is a one of a kind character searching for that ultimate blues jam. We wish him well in his search and hope one day he will find that which he seeks!

RANDY PENNINGTON

Saxophone

What can you say about Randy?
The man knows his brass...
The aural aroma that this cat can cause to emanate from a single curved tube of metal are a treasure to behold! The masters are looking over their shoulder at this guy - he's chasing them down and he's gonna mop the floor! Randy has a long history playing in bands all over the world. Why he decided to set up his rocking chair here is anyone's guess but we sure ain't gonna say no when it comes to joining us for a hearty night of blasting out some Blues to help chase away the everyday!
Here's to the man who knows how to make a lot of hot air absurdly meaningful!




JERRY PEETE

Keyboard and Vocals

A man of the world, Jerry is the wildest blues man to grace the member list! His smokin' keyboard riffs are a trademark that will be with us for a long time! Gotta catch his subtle fingers on our latest CD! His energy is boundless and his antics are wild but he means every note he plays and he plays for keeps! Watch out!
This boy has DA BLUES!