Fred "Freddy Pep" Piperata (co-founder/vocal director/frontman/ lead vocals):
Fred has been a frontman and lead vocalist since 1967. He has traveled and toured from Canada to Key West, and from Boston to Cleveland, OH. Fred has been the lead vocalist for such groups as "August", "Punch", "Flame", and most recently "Direct Hit". Fred brings to Soul Injection a high level of showmanship and stage presence, as well as vocal leadership. Fred also plays congas with the band, and is an accomplished guitarist and keyboardist.
Vic Tocco (keyboards/vocals)
Vic has been playing music in the Central New York area for more than twenty-five years. He has played in several successful bands before coming to Soul Injection, including "Crystal Ship", "Amber", "Excel", and "Direct Hit". Also a drummer, Vic finds his influences in the ‘80’s - White Snake, Guns N Roses and Aerosmith.
Doug Keith (trumpet)
After earning his master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Miami, Doug played and arranged for Orquesta Inmensidad, a Salsa band with a unique style and diverse membership. While he was in the band, they recorded nine LP albums and toured the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America (where they earned Gold records). After returning to his home in central NY, he taught at SUNY Oswego, SUNY Morrisville, and several area public and parochial schools. Currently he plays with the Colgate University Concert Jazz Ensemble, but Doug likes to play in dance bands: "rhythm is the most important thing, and there is no more appreciative audience than a dance audience".
Kelly Yacco (drums)
Meet Kelly Yacco.. Soul Injection's crazy pizza loving drummer , Kelly drives the band with his funk & soul ,& sometime drives us crazy lol :) But he comes to play & brings his funky style to give us the bottom funk we need to move the people ...We are pleased to have him as our Soul brother & band mate .... SI
Dana Jerrard (trombone, vocals)
Dana's first instrument was trombone, but for the past 30 years he has performed as a Dixieland tuba player for groups such as The Clef Dwellers, North Country Preservation Jazz Band and the Gutbucket Five. As a trombonist, he has played a wide range of musical styles, from the classical repertoire of the Paris Hill Brass Quintet, to the big band sound of the Stage Music Big Band, the Utica Symphony, and musical pit orchestras for many area high schools.
Paul LaPuma (bass/vocals)
Paul has been playing bass across New York and the New England states for over 30 years. His vast club experience includes being a member of the 7 piece band “NETWORK” and New York’s premier rock band “GRAN SLAM”. Paul has played back up for many national acts including The Coasters, Del Shannon, Bobby Lewis, The Marvellettes, Dee Dee Sharp and more. Paul has played bass in the 17 piece band Second Time Around and plays in areas of contemporary Christian worship. He also enjoys being a part of area pit bands in local musicals. Paul started out in elementary and high school on tuba and then switched to string bass. For Paul it really has been all about the bass..
Dan Anthony (guitar)
Guitarist for 30 plus years Dan brings expertise on sound engineering along with his years of playing guitar, he blends the two together for a for an entirely new experience on stage. Dan has played most of his life, studied with Carmen Carmnica and worked with some of best musicians in the area. We are happy to have Dan on board.
This page would not be complete without a tribute to our beloved friend Frank DeRocco. We lovingly called him Franky. Frank was more often than not the voice of reason and when the band came to an impasse, Frank brought us out. Franky was a musician's musician. Everyone loved him for his talent his quick wit and his love for everyone. Frank loved to see young talent and encouraged young people to do well; he was a musical mentor for many. It is still hard to believe that he is gone and each us feels him with us on stage. Franky we all miss you. Keep rockin', we'll see you on the other side.
Darryl Sleszynski (sax)
An alumnus of Whitesboro Central School's excellent music program, Darryl attended SUNY Potsdam and performed for four years with the Crane School of Music's Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab bands. Returning to the Utica area in the mid-70's, he was a member of many well-known groups, including Phoenix, Reunion, Puttin' on the Ritz, Preacher, The (Devereaux) Houserockers, Classified, Breezin', and Top Secret. On-call performances with the Utica Symphony Orchestra included appearances with Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. A versatile woodwind performer, Darryl plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute, and oboe.
Tony Brindisi (Coordinator & General Manager /sound tech)
Tony brings over 30 years of professional management skills in the music industry to the Soul Injection Family. Tony has been the key reason for the success of many regional and national acts going all the way back to the early 70s with such groups as "August ", "Heaven" and ending most recently in the last few years with "Showtime." Tony also acts as special consultant to his Son's band, "Mike Brindisi & The New York Rock." When our founder and General Manager Bob Crossway made the decision, due to deteriorating health issues, that he needed to retire, his search for a replacement was made easy when he found out that Tony was available and interested. Bob has known Tony for many years and has total confidence in not only Tony's ability to handle the position and make the change a smooth transition, but also to take Soul Injection to even greater levels then have been accomplished in the past. Our co-founder and lead vocalist Fred Piperata has also known Tony for many years and refers to him as The Miracle Man because of his ability to make things happen when all of the odds seem to be stacked against him.
John Short (keyboards/vocals)
John Short lives in Herkimer, New York and is a graduate of the Ilion School District. After spending a year at St. Lawrence University immersing himself in the Music program, he returned to the valley to earn an AAS degree in General Studies from HCCC, while playing out 3 to 4 nights a week.
John is a 20 year veteran of the CNY music scene. Many know him as a founding member of the band Showtime, and more recently his work with Classified. He has shared the stage with everyone from sitting members of Congress (John Hall D-NY) to Michael Glabicki (the lead singer of Rusted Root) and many others in between.
John credits his passion for music to his Violin instructor TJ McAveny. Self taught on Keys, John also plays violin. His addition fills out the sound of Soul Injection, and allows for greater arranging vocally and instrumentally.