STEPPIN BACK,has been together now going on our 3rd year, We have played as the House Band, for all those year's at The Schnitzel Haus in Bay Ridge, and also performed at other local favorites, Red White and Brew, and The Greenhouse Café. We can also dig in to 70's Rock as well if needed but, 50's & 60's is what we concentrate on mostly, and a strong emphasis on the Super Girl Groups such as The Supremes, Shirelles, Ronettes, Leslie Gore, Crystals, as well as British Invasion favorites!
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Tony Ieva - Drums,
Since 1998, I have been a member or the founder of, 13 bands.Ranging from 50's - 90's, British Invasion - Country!
I, have been a volunteer, for local organizations that have supported our military& who have been instrumental in bringing the US Navy to Staten Island for the public to view and tour Navy ships! I am currently a Board Member, and The Entertainment Director for, Staten Island Fleet Week Inc. which I have run Fundraisers for organizations such as The USO, Wounded Warriors, & Operation Gratitude, I have attended MIA/POW conferences in Washington D.C. wrote a song for a missing US Navy pilot, LCDR Michael Scott Speicher, that got me invited to perform at the Vietnam Wall, a letter of thanks from President G.W. Bush, and a personal thanks from the pilots family. Currently, I am the founder of our band, STEPPIN BACK!
Stephanie Bevilaqua- Lead vocals
Always a lover of performing arts, I realized I can sing while joining the Glee club in elementary school. I was immediately given solo parts for performances. In High school I was recognized in chorus class and had a name throughout the school as the singer. After school, I focused on other theatrical ventures and years later was asked to sing along with a band who was down one singer. This was at the restaurant I worked at. I made quite a splash and was well received by the audience. One member of the crowd was a guitar player who invited me to be in my first band. Although the band didn't last, I was introduced to many musicians and at long last I found a great team of a band called STEPPIN BACK. We play the best selection of oldies and I love each experience we share on stage.
Ken Filmer - Lead vocals, lead guitar, band graphic Designer
Ken Filmer was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. As a child, he sang in his church's junior choir and studied trumpet, joining the Staten Island Junior symphony Orchestra in his pre-teen years. While still in high school, Ken performed professionally with a variety of vocal groups and bands. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to performing while establishing a “real” career as a graphic artist. In 1982 he joined famed fifties group the Mystics, whose recording of “Hushabye” was a number one record in 1959. Ken played guitar and sang with the group, as well as becoming its musical director. They performed regularly in venues such as Radio City Music Hall, and made many live appearances on television and radio. He remained with the Mystics until 2007. During this time, Ken was also involved with local New York City bands, and he did extensive studio work, specializing in harmony vocals and guitar tracks. He continues performing, writing and recording, and is currently a member of Brooklyn's STEPPIN BACK.
Gerry Gioia -Lead vocals, bass, guitar, blues harp, keys, flute and drums.
Gerry performs in marching band (drums), church choir, glee club (HS). He has been a studio musician, for Apple Beatles, Ike & Tina Turner. Recordings: Capital Records, Parrot Label (UK), Apple, Spivey Label and Starstream Label. Gerry has a BA, Two Masters Degrees & Juilliard (Evening Session). Taught High School in NYC and China. He has written Original Music Scores: Three Movies and One off Broadway Show. Other music endeavors include, Guitar Tech: Hall & Oates, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra. Soundman (CBGB), Lights (Springfield, Mass), Limo Driver for Black Sabbath, Donovan, Yes, Robert Palmer, ELO & Wings. Stage Manager: Chaka Khan and Jaco Pastorius.
Gerry,like Ken Filmer, is another proud Military Veteran. USO, US Army, NY Guard, US Coast Guard, Wounded Warriors, Rolling Thunder, Friends of the Vietnam Memorial, Federation of French War Veteran's, & Staten Island Fleet Week.
Joe Mayer - Lead vocals, keyboards, lead, & rythym guitar, violin
Joe Mayer began his musical journey at the age of 5 starting with classical training on violin and piano and then guitar as a teenager. Many opportunities soon followed in multiple genres including modern and classic rock, traditional and modern Irish music, oldies, as well as solo acoustic and tribute acts. Joe has played professionally in the casino circuit in Las Vegas for three years, and been a part of numerous successful acts for over ten years in Long Island and Brooklyn, NY.