Don DeStefano (Harmonica, slide guitar, rhythm guitar)
Email: Don D.
Prior to joining The Bernadettes in 1995, Don has been performing professionally for years in a variety of blues, R&B, country, folk, and rock bands. In addition to sharing the stage with such notable musicians as, Mark Naftalin (of the Paul Butterfield Band), Eric Von Schmidt, Guy Davis, and Jimmy Vivino & Mike Merrit (of the Max Weinberg 7), Don also has been active as a studio musician, recording on several commercial jingles and songwriter demos. His harmonica and slide guitar playing were featured a few years back on recordings by two of America's musical icons: bluesman B.B. King and country star Johnny Cash. His harmonica playing has also been featured on CD releases by Peter Gale ("Landlord Of Love"), Gershwin's Roommate ("Walking On Water Wasn't Built In A Day"), jazz vocalist Sally O'Brien's ("Passion"), the collaboration CD (The Cutting Room Sessions) by two of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands most popular music entertainers, Becca Darling & Barefoot Davis, along with Davis's newest release (Barefoot Dreamin') and the recently released single, (Wicked Man Rail) by Connecticut based, power funk/rock trio, Solistic. In addition to his performing and recording credits, his willingness to share his knowledge on all things "harmonica", Don has also written numerous articles on harmonica repair and customization, and amplifier modification for harmonica use in several print and online publications.Don now has his own Seydel Artist page...visit him at: Don D's Seydel artist page...
Don is sponsored by and is an endorser of Seydel harmonicas.
Bryan Kearney (Lead vocals)
Email: Bryan Kearney
Bryan has been performing on stage as a musician and singer for audiences since the age of ten. He also writes, composes and records original music. He has performed as a solo artist and with bands from Boston to Miami as well as on cruise ships for over 20 years. He is also a theater actor and member of the Doris and Company Theatrical Group where he stars as an actor, singer, songwriter and music producer for the ensemble. His original music can be heard on video recordings produced by the theatrical group.
Marques Christopher(Lead vocals)
Email: Marques Christopher
Although he is the youngest member of the group, you would never know it by hearing his voice. Marques has been singing since before he could talk and always loved some good old school music. His first performance for an audience of 100+ people was when he was only four years old. When Marques was about 10 years old he sang with the Bernadettes for the first time and fell in love. From then on he would periodically stop in and sing a song or two with us. In 2012 all of his hard work paid off when he was selected to be a contestant on NBC's The Voice and got to miss a couple months of his senior year of high school to be in LA singing for some of the world’s most well-known artists. We have watched Marques grow up into the man and performer that he is today and we are proud to have him as a member of the Bernadettes.
Mark Spicer (keyboards, vocals)
Email: Mark Spicer
Originally from Bedford, England, Mark moved to the U.S. as a teenager, and remained on this side of the Atlantic to further his studies at the University of North Texas, where he received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music. He has performed and traveled literally around the world, from his native England to Singapore (where he taught in a music conservatory for two years) and throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the Bernadettes in 1995, he was an original member of the critically acclaimed Texas based neo-cabaret outfit Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks, and can be heard on the band's first two CDs. Mark came to New Haven to pursue his doctorate at Yale University, where for three years he taught for the prestigious Yale Department of Music, and was awarded the Ph.D. in 2001. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Brian Johnson (bass guitar, vocals)
Email: Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson has been playing bass in various bands for over thirty years. Originally from Sacramento, California, Brian settled in Connecticut when he was 10, and he has since become a fixture in the CT music scene. He has played bass with several bands over the years, including Flight, Grooveline, Sparkle, Star, What Up, Bod Rock, Good and Plentie, and Soundcheck. His bands have performed throughout the U.S., and have opened up for notable acts such as Tower of Power, James Brown, the Average White Band, and Kool and the Gang. Brian’s major influences are funk, R & B, and fusion jazz.
Dean Kosh(drums, vocals)
Photography by Sue Casley (203)530-1535
Email: Dean Kosh
Dean carries some heavy credentials. For example: He is sponsored by Sonor Drums.He has toured in Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, France and Canada. Dean has been a career studio musician performing on hundreds of different artists CDs. And now he's with the Bernadettes and fitting in quite well.
Born in Bridgeport, CT. He performs at Drum Clinics and Percussion Workshops .
His influences are artists: Dave Weckl, Buddy Rich, Jeff Porcaro, and Steve Smith
He uses Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Regal 8A Sticks exclusively.
Jim Kader, Jr. (lead & rhythm guitar)
Email: Jim Kader
The only remaining founding member of the Bernadettes, Jim has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and is highly regarded as one of Connecticut's finest blues guitarist. He has performed with numerous rock and blues acts in the Connecticut area and also in San Diego, CA, where he resided for several years.
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