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 Living the Dream Band has been in performing in the Philadelphia-New Jersey area for several years.   We provide our audiences with an eclectic mix of Swing, Standards, Sinatra, 60's, 70's and contemporary tunes as well.  We have developed a style all of our own.  In one evening you may hear "One for my Baby" , "You've lost that Lovin' Feelin"  or "Sweet Caroline" to name a few.

  Gary Patricelli(Vocals), Sue Ellen Miller (Piano and Vocals), Wayne Miller(Bass), Dave McGraw(Drums), and Ron Taglarino(Sax). Our performances are a reflection of the 30+ years of experience including Broadway style shows, Big Bands, Rock Bands, Swing Bands, and Adult Contemporary Bands.   We especially enjoy being in front of an audience, watching the smiles on their faces, as they sing and dance with their favorite tunes from the past.

 

We have appeared at many different venues including wineries, country clubs, restaurants, private parties and  outdoor festivals and fireworks.   We have  entertained at engagement parties, outdoor barn parties, and private parties.  Please check our calendar for specifics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave McGraw - Drummer

Dave McGraw has been a local drummer in the Trenton area for over 40 years. While playing in all musical situations and styles, Dave's passion is playing in big band situations. He currently holds the drum chair in the Midnight Sun Orchestra led by trumpeter John Ashcraft. They perform the first Sunday of the month at Havanas in New Hope, PA for the past 13 years! He is also the drummer for the Jazz Celebration Big Band led by trombonist Paul Morris, which performs the last Thursday of the month at the Temperance House in Newtown, PA. Other bands include Bonsal Blues Big Band in Woodbury, NJ, the Big Band Express in Medford, NJ and Shades of Blue out of Marlton, NJ. He is also the sub for the Big Horn Jazz Band in Philly(playing exclusively the dance book of Maynard Ferguson) when his former teacher, Lew Leabman is unavailable. He has also worked over the past 10 years with Alto Madness saxophonist Richie Cole. Both Dave and Richie graduated from Ewing High School, NJ. Dave has been fortunate to have studied extensively with the following drum masters; Red Howell(Lawrence Welk), Tony De Nicloa(Harry James), Lew Leabman, Gary Rissmiller, John Riley, and Peppe Morolla.  Currently studying with Steve Fidyk (Army Blues Big Band).

Ron Taglairino - Saxophone

Ron Tag has been playing saxophone for over 20 years.  He began private study with Eric Haltmeier while attending Lawrence High School.  Ron, inspired by the talent and dynamic personality of Haltmeier, decided to pursue a degree in Music Education from Elizabethtown College where he studied saxophone and clarinet with Maryland Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetest Beverly Butts.  While at "Etown, " Ron also studied with Harrisburg-based jazz pianist Kirk Reese.  After college, Ron returned home and began studying with Philadelphia jazz saxophone legend Larry McKenna.  In addition to McKenna's playing, Ron is highly influenced by the following bop and swing players:  Sonny Stitt, Scott Hamilton, Eric Alexander, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and Harold Land.  Outside of performing with Living the Dream, Ron teaches full-time as a middle school band director.  He also has a private studio of clarinet, saxophone and guitar students.  He performs regularly with the Midnight Sun Orchestra and is conductor of the Lawrence Community Concert Band.

Sue Ellen Miller - Pianist, Vocalist

Sue Ellen Miller has been actively pursuing her career in music for over 40 years.  She started studying piano first then moved into vocals and flute.  At Susquehanna University she majored in Flute, but continued to study Voice and Piano. She has been actively involved in the music program at her church for over 15 years, is the Accompanist for the Suzuki Graded String Program at the Princeton Montessori School and Opera Accompanist for 5 years  She has also performed at restaurants and weddings with a local violinist for over 6 years.  She most recentlly has studied with Cinderly Hahn(Classical Technique), Dr. Stanley Yerlow(Advanced Technique) www.yerlow.com and David Kenney (Jazz Improvisation and Theory).  She is also currently studying Vocal Technique with Steven Schnurman(www.voicelessonsnj.com

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About us:LTD Trio/Band will take you a musical journey from classic standards,Frank Sinatra to the 60's 70's and beyond.  Our unique blend of tunes is suitable for private social gatherings including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays etc.  The Trio (vocals, piano and bass) fits easily into more intimate venues offering a tasteful musical backdrop.  The band (trio plus drums, sax or guitar) is suitable for larger sized venues.  An eclectic mix of tunes is sure to liven up your next event.  Anytime you socialize, let us provide the music!