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Group's Bio

REMINISCE was formed as a 5-man vocal group in early 1987 by the coming together of 2 groups from the Providence, R.I. and Southeastern Ma. areas. By the Spring of 1987 the group was performing for private parties and special oldies shows. By the Summer of 1987 REMINISCE was performing steady weekly bookings and opening for well known oldies groups. As a 5-man vocal group its greatest accomplishment was its surprise performance on the October 24th, 1987 Show of the ROYAL Doo-Wop Groups at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. What was a doubtful chance at an audition turned out to be the reality of opening a Doo-Wop show at Radio City. Another was its return performance on the 10th Anniversary of the ROYAL Doo-Wop Groups show at Radio City Music Hall in the Spring of 1988. The group also appeared live on the Don K. Reed show aired on WCBS FM in New York City.

Starting in early 1988, REMINISCE began auditioning musicians for their backup band. By mid-1988 the group was performing regularly as a 7-man group in clubs and for special appearances as show-openers in oldies shows. In 1989 REMINISCE underwent an additional change which resulted in a structure of 4 vocalists and 4 musicians, which lasted for years.

REMINISCE has recently added a female vocalist to its membership. She brings many years of experience at many levels of venues, from nightclubs to Las Vegas stages. She is talented, both as a lead and a background singer. She has a great rapport with audiences, both on stage and off. She has added a varied assortment of material to the group’s already large repertoire of music.

REMINISCE has sung for audiences in the Boston, Ma., Providence, R.I. and the Hartford, Ct. areas and will continue to spread their sound throughout the entire New England area. The group has recently performed with the following groups, namely:

In Rhode Island with:
"Earl Speedo Carroll & The Cadillacs"
"Larry Chance & The Earls"
"Emil Stuccio & The Classics"
"Cleveland Stills & The Dubs"
"The Shangri-La’s"
"Shirley Austin Reeves"
"Kenny Vance & The Planotones"


In Connecticut with:
"Willie Winfield & The Harptones"

To date REMINISCE has performed with the following groups and many more:
Gary "US" Bonds "JAN and DEAN"
The "Platters" The "Skyliners"
The "Five Satins" The "Harptones"
The "Drifters" The "Five Keys"
The "Del Vikings"" Larry Chance & The Earls"
"Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge
"Hank Ballard and The Midnighters"
“Little Richard”
"Peter Noone" ("HERMAN" - Lead Singer of HERMAN's HERMITS")
“Frankie Valli and the Four Season’s”
“Jay and the Americans”
“The Temptations”
“Little Anthony and The Imperials”

 

Our Members


LeadRon Laurito - Lead vocals, tenor

Originally from Providence, now residing in Danielson, Ct with wife Sharon and daughters Danielle and Stefanie.
Started buying records at 11 yrs old (1958) but in 1959 Jennie Lee and Baby Talk turned me on to the Doo wop sound with the bomb paba bomb start and falsetto finish.
I like all rock n roll but Doo wop became my favorite.
I sang on and off, on the street corners of Providence RI never finding the right group members who would commit. I eventually gave up singing but continued to collect my Doo wop.
1987 started it all over again when an a cappella group advertised for singers on a local Doo wop show. Thinking at 40yrs old this may be my last shot at singing. I’d try again I called and we clicked right away. We called the group the DeSotos original members were Russ Flanagan (who owned a 1958 Desoto) Jim Fisher, Kathy Carroll, and myself. We opened many oldies shows including gigs at the Warwick Musical Theatre and did some local commercials on radio and TV. (Confession- I once sang the Diary to Connie Francis) We sang from New Hampshire to Long Island NY. I left the group in 1996.
I did some of the background singing on The Videls CD (The Very Best of the Videls Yesterday and Today).
I did some singing on and off including trying to get the Del Rays (Lorraine-The Bounce on Planet records) back together. It didn’t work out. Then in 2004 Street Corner Serenade needed a Tenor and it started all over again.
Now I’m singing with Street Corner Serenade and Reminisce I have the best of both worlds. I get to sing a cappella, and with a band consisting of committed talented people.


LeadJo-Ann Dumas - Lead vocals, tenor

Jo-Ann has been singing professionally for over 39 years. She has traveled and performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, including Las Vegas, as well as cruise ships sailing out of California. She has been the opening act for such greats as Rodney Dangerfield, The Grass Roots, Grand Funk Railroad The Platters and the list goes on. She also traveled and worked with The Playmates (of "Beep Beep" fame) until she left to pursue her own show.

The "Jo-Ann Dumas Show" was the headlining act at such venues as The Hilton Hotels, The Four Seasons Hotel Chain (Canada), and The Sheraton Hotels, to name a few. Her vocal repertoire spans over fifty years of music, from the big band era right up to the 21st century. She has performed every genre of music. (Except for "Opera") but you never know!!! Jo-Ann has been known to say, "I have no plans of getting out of the business any time soon. As long as I can sing, I will continue to do what I love best"


RoyARon Iacobucci - First tenor, lead vocals

Started singing in my first vocal group in 1957 at the age of 15. We were a group of friends from the Mt. Pleasant area of Providence. I myself grew up in the Italian section of Providence called Federal Hill. We decided to name our group The Federials. Shortly after we were introduced to songwriter Jimmy Crane who had a song for us, it was called "Why Try to Change Our Love", a ballad. We recorded a demo of it and off we went to New York City. We headed to the Brill Building and went floor to floor with our demo. That was the place to get noticed. While in New York we met a woman Millie D'Rosa from Elizabeth New Jersey. We signed her as our manager. She got us signed with a small recording label called Kenya Records which was in Harlem. We didn't do much with the recording or the Record Label and kind of gave up that pursuit.

I went into the service at age 17 and when finished I got married and started a family. Couldn't give up singing harmony and kept singing with different guys for pleasure. I started a new group with Ron Lewis, Roy Hodges (my cousin) and Russ Benoit. We did backup vocals for a singer named Dickie Doyle. We recorded "Little Baby Lee" sometime in the 60's. We weren't doing to much and stopped for a while. Then we met Jack Mento and Henry D'Lozio who were with a group called Flashback. We hit it off and soon started Reminisce (a cappella). Ron Lewis, lead, myself as 1st tenor, Roy Hodges as 2nd tenor, Jack Mento as baritone and Henry D'Lozio as bass. After getting a big break to perform at Radio City Music Hall (twice), we decided to make the move to a full band. That is how we stand today.

Singer2Frank Gargiulo - Second tenor, lead vocals
Is from Massachusetts. He became a member of Reminisce around 2005 although he had been filling in with the group for many years. Although versatile in all harmony parts, he sings most of the middle tenor parts and contributes to the groups lead vocals. His keen ear for harmony was honed as member various doo-wop acappella vocal groups since he was in high school.   


JackJack Mento - Baritone, bass, lead vocals

Started singing on street corners in the Eagle-Park/Charles-Street areas of Providence, RI at about the age 17. After returning from a 3-year commitment in the Army, I met up with 3 other guys and eventually formed an a cappella group known as “Flashback”. The other members were: Henry D’Alosio, Jim Fisher and Russ Flanagan, The group became a 5-man group with the addition of Ron Lewis. When Flashback disbanded, 3 of its members went on to form the group known as “Reminisce” by the addition of Ronnie Iacobucci and Roy Hodges. The group began as an a cappella group and lasted that way for a year, with the high point being our 2 performances on the Radio City Music Hall Stage. We decided to add music behind our very strong vocals in order for us to take our group to the next level. It was and still is one of the popular oldies groups in the New England area. After several membership changes and over 20 years, we are still having fun and pleasing fans.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who were once a member of Reminisce and played an important part in the group’s longevity, popularity and reputation. They were and still are considered members of Reminisce and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your years of service to the group. You are always welcome anywhere we are and can always share in the harmony or music of this group.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank all our fans who have been loyal to Reminisce, some for over 20 years. It is to them that we dedicate this web-site and hope it makes you proud of us. We never forget to thank the fans for without you, we would not be in existence today. THANK YOU, FANS.

KeyboardDave Jackvony - Lead vocals
Born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He joined Reminisce in 1988 as piano-bass player and is the only original band-member in the group today. David began singing bass in 1999, recruited as bass singer for the a cappella group ”Street corner Serenade” in 2000. For Reminisce, David not only sings bass put he plays bass on his keyboard with his left hand, while playing chords with his right hand. David has enjoyed the privilege of performing with such groups as “The Skyliners”, “The Harptones”, “The Duprees” and many more. Doo-Wop music and its culture has always been not just a musical career for David, but a lifestyle



The Band

KeyboardDave Jackvony - Keyboards and bass
Born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He joined Reminisce in 1988 as piano-bass player and is the only original band-member in the group today. David began singing bass in 1999, recruited as bass singer for the a cappella group ”Street corner Serenade” in 2000. For Reminisce, David not only sings bass put he plays bass on his keyboard with his left hand, while playing chords with his right hand. David has enjoyed the privilege of performing with such groups as “The Skyliners”, “The Harptones”, “The Duprees” and many more. Doo-Wop music and its culture has always been not just a musical career for David, but a lifestyle

 

DrummerBarry Kessler - Drums
Ever since the late 50’s, Doo Wop has been drummer Barry Kessler’s first and favorite music. Spinning records back then gave him a clever ear for music structure, which naturally made his drumming versatile in all phases of music. Performing in Rhode Island, Florida and traveling the east coast in dozens of bands of popular varieties over the years, he has helped give Reminisce a quantum leap back to the 50’s & 60’s sound in this present time.

 

DrummerPhil Mullen - Saxophones, flute and harmonica
Phil has been performing at various venues and with varying styles of music, since 1965. Phil also performs as a member of other bands in Rhode Island. He is a very talented and in demand musician. Reminisce is proud to have him as a member and hopes to keep him very busy. Phil has been a great asset to Reminisce since his joining the Group, a little over a year ago. Phil takes the time to study the songs picked by the group to perform. As a result, you will hear the sax, flute and harmonica solos exactly like the original songs the group performs, adding to the authentic record sound Reminisce strives for.

 

DrummerPhil Mullen - Guitar and banjo
Not only is Phil a magnificent sax flute and harmonica player, he also doubles as the guitar player for Reminisce. When our original guitar player decided to expand on his own career, Phil asked if he could take on the additional task of being the guitar player for Reminisce. He said it would be exciting and challenging. We thought it would be too much for one person but, guess what, he proved us wrong. Phil has the same enthusiasm and dedication for playing guitar as he does the other instruments he plays. You will hear this in his reproduction of the authentic guitar solos that are in the original songs performed by Reminisce, adding to the overall authentic sound Reminisce is known for.