DeClassified is a group of professional musicians with years of experience in all types of venues, large and small. Their popularity among the local clubs has rapidly grown not only because of their musical talent, but also because of their on-stage antics and interactivity with the crowd. DeClassified often has many different guest musicians perform with them and even allow people in the audience to join. Always expect a great time when they take the stage!!!
Style: Rock, New Country, Funk and Pop
Steve Sperlein <<< Guitar/Vocals >>>
Starting at the early age of 13 Steve decided he wanted to play guitar. Like many famous guitarist, he is self taught and has developed a style all his own.
Having played in several jam bands over the years his notes and chords are deliberate and distinct. Some past experiences includes playing in a Classic Rock Band called Straightjacket who played all the popular Central Md clubs.
He now has been developing his skills in various other styles of music from blues to jazz and is looking forward to the new project with DeClassified and their mixed genre of music.
Wendell Rakosky <<< Vocals/Harmonica >>>
Wendell Rakosky.... A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, a school known for its top rated Conservatory of Music, Wendell has been involved with the music scene since the age of 8.
During his career he has performed in a variety of venues ranging from choral solos to rock-n-roll. His vocal ability earned him an opportunity to professionally perform classic rock in Nashville, New Country at Disney Studios Orlando and 50's Jazz with acclaimed saxophonist and clarinetist Buck Hill.
In addition to vocals, Wendell plays the harmonica which he learned and has perfected through a combination of self-study and classes with The Garden State Harmonica Club. He is as excited as we are to be part of DeClassified's new venture.
Ed Cartagena <<< Bass/Vocals>>>
A seasoned professional bassist, Ed has toured with Victoria Shaw, songwriter for Garth Brooks, Ricky Martin, John Michael Montgomery, Lady Antebellum and many others while hitting the stage at major venues in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York City and Nashville.
A featured bassist in the Bass Player Magazine in 2007, Ed retired from touring full time and teaches special ed at a local school here in Maryland.
Now playing only part time, Ed is excited to be part of DeClassified's new direction. You will love listening to his crisp runs and watching him execute his master skills.
Paul Stesch <<< Guitar/Vocals >>>
John Giles - <<< Drums/Vocals >>>
Dick Mazza <<< Mgr/Sound/Dums >>>
Dick started the band from scratch via the "Classified" section of Craigslists and thus the name "DeClassified". He is the guy responsible for managing all aspects of the band including recruiting, auditioning, directing and sound. A student of the famous Grant Menefee School of Drumming and original drummer for DeClassified, he now only occassionally sits in on drums and concentrates more on managing, promoting and booking. Dick also designed and maintains the bands website and all other media tools such as MD Party, Reverbnation and Facebook.
As a drummer, manager, promoter or sound reinforcement person, Dick has been involved with local bands for more years than he cares to admit to and his years of showmanship knowledge has a lot to do with the success of DeClassifed.
April Howatt <<< Vocals/Percussion >>>
April Howatt.... having studied vocal training at Peabody Institute and Salisbury State University, April learned how to take control of her voice early on as a vocalist.
Her experience performing with several popular local bands, including the 10 piece variety band "Bottoms Up" has taught her how and when to add vocal dynamics to any song.
From the clean clear pitch of her upper register to her soulful raspy mids, she achieves a unique blend that keeps the crowds wanting more.
Jeanine Zwick <<< Keys/Vocals >>>
Jeanine has been playing keyboards and singing professionally for over 30 years playing in several popular local bands such as Amber, Choyce, Patuxent, Triple Threat and more recently, No Whiskey for Tori and Westside Rocks.
A UMBC graduate with a B.A. in music education, Jeanine developed a music program teaching general music to students at the Maryland School for the Deaf.
Her keyboard expertise, sultry vocals and strong harmonies really enhances our vocal lineup.
How to Book: Dick Mazza 410-744-9254 Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org