Why hire Dick Cunico?
The “Little Big Band” is a 6 piece ensemble comprised of Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, programmed Bass and Piano, and live Guitar, Drums and Vocals.
The group performs Contemporary and standard Swing, Blues, Rock, R&B, Country, Dixieland and Ballroom Dance Music The band was formed in 1997 by drummer, arranger, composer and vocalist Dick Cunico. Since that time the group has performed for a variety of events including Weddings, Festivals, Clubs, Corporate Events, Concerts, Anniversaries, Fundraisers, Dances, Birthday Parties, Casinos, Universities, Centers for the Arts, Alumni gatherings, Talent Agencies, Church functions, Balls and Restaurants. 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80
Dick's original music & groups have performed at many prestigious festivals and have been featured on an episode of the hit T.V. program Northern Exposure. Concert experience includes performances at over 900 cities in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Europe and The Philippines. His Motion Picture experience includes The Beverly Hillbillies Movie (20th Century Fox) performing with Dolly Parton, The Thing Called Love (Paramount) performing with River Phoenix, Debbie Allen and Jimmy Dale Gilmore, When A Man Loves A Woman (Touchstone), Brain Donners (Paramount), Thirty Something (Aaron/Spelling) and Burkes Law (Aaron/Spelling)
Dick s music education includes studies at Western State College in Gunnison Colorado, Dick Grove Music Workshop in Studio City, California, Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys California and the LA Jazz Workshop in Los Angeles, California. He studied privately with Alex Acuna (of the group Weather Report), Allen Carter (LA Jazz Workshop), Mark Converse (The Freddie Gruber Method) and Casey Schurelle (LA studio musician).
As leader of his groups, Dick’s abilities as a Drummer, Percussionist, Pianist, Composer and Arranger are showcased. His professional music career spans 40+ years and includes performances and/or recordings with numerous jazz greats such as Skitch Henderson (NBC Orchestra), Howard Levy (Bela Fleck), Eric Marienthal (Chic Corea), Steve Bailey (The Rippingtons & Dizzy Guilesspie), Louis Conte (Koinonea), Lanny Morgan (Supersax), Alex Isles (Bob Florence Big Band), Bob Summers (Woody Herman Big Band), Benoit Grey (Ray Charles), Rick Fleisman (Art Pepper), Henry Skipper Franklin (Clark Terry), Tom Hill (Ray Brown Band), Kim Stone (the Rippingtons and Spyro Gyro) and Alex Milstein (Jeff Lorber).
A Variety of bands are available through Panacea productions, skyislandmusic.com including "the Mountain Sky band" (Classic rock, Blues, Country, Jazz Standards, Dance music). "21/3" (Original Jazz rock and Jazz standards} Dick Cunico Solo Piano, Dick Cunico Session Drummer extraordinaire and experienced national concert touring Drummer, "Chance" (Eclectic original music otherwise know as avante pop), "Yesterday a tribute to the Beatles"(National act performing a live recreation of a Beatles concert}, Pop Horn Classics (tage show complete with costume changes, choreographed horns, audience sing alongs, TV themes of the era and popular horn
oriented instrumental and vocal music of the 40s/50s-60s/70s.
Our Comedic M.C. depicts characters of the eras while providing Historical, Cultural and
Composer Information). These bands have performed at and are great for Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Concerts, Festivals, Casinos, Flea Markets, Special events, Opening acts, Corporate functions, Clubs, Dances, Productions, Art openings. Wine festivals, Fundraisers ect.
Dick Cunico: Drums/Vocals
Phil Schwartz: Guitar/Vocals
Chris Wojtecki: Alto Bari Sax
Bob Rheam: Trumpet
Rex Matzke: Tenor Sax
Louise Wilson: Trombone
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