Founder - Harvey Tuckman

Harvey started the band in 1976 to recreate and perpetuate the legacy and music of the Big Band Era. He has researched and collected an extensive library of the original music arrangements as played and recorded by the great dance bands of that era. Under his guidance the band has always maintained a very high caliber of musicianship and professional performance.

Director - Gary Ruggiero

Gary Ruggiero has been performing in Connecticut for thirty five years. He was an original member of the Sonny Costanzo Big Band, and also played with the Pat Dorn Orchestra. Gary performed at two inaugural balls backing Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett. He was a member of the pit orchestra at the Oakdale Theater for twenty years performing with Bob Hope, Liberace, Steve Lawrence and Edye Gorme, Johnnie Mathis, Diana Ross and many others. He currently serves as musician contractor/performer at the Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport.

Vocalist - Michele Grace

Michele Grace has been singing all her life. Born into a family of musicians and spending time in her parents' music stores, she was exposed to a variety of musical influences. She went on to study acting with Uta Hagen at the H.B. Studios in New York, later joining the faculty for a number of years. The combination of musical knowledge and theatrical training is evident in her moving delivery of a song. She performs professionally and has years of credits to her name. As a teacher she has a large following of devoted students many of whom are professionals themselves. The Fairfield Counts and their Big Band music are perfect for Michele, as it gives her the opportunity to breathe new life into the classics of the great American songbook.

Saxes

Lead Alto: Frank DiVito from Norwalk
2nd Alto: Mort Ginsburg from Stamford
Lead Tenor: Elliot Zelevansky from Wilton
2nd Tenor: Ed Drescher from Ryebrook
Baritone: Harvey Tuckman from Norwalk

Trumpets

Lead: Fedele Volpe from Orange
2nd: Don Gels from New Canaan
3rd: Fred Mariano from Shelton
4th: Chris Doney from Norwalk

Trombones

Lead: Bob Carlson from Cos Cob
2nd: Gerry Tondi from Easton
3rd: Russ Watsky from Ossining
Bass: Vidal Orduz from New Haven

Rhythm

Drums: Gabe Nappi from Stratford
Piano: Jon Backer from New Rochelle
Bass: Charles Casimiro from Yonkers
Guitar: Pat Mediate from Fairfield