Meet The Band

 
Brandy De Cosa - Trumpet, vocal
Birthday: December 24th
Place of Birth: Vero Beach, Florida
Current City and State: Winter Park, Florida

Q&A:
 
Who/what inspired you to play music?
My husband Charlie inspires me to play music because his excitement and love for it is so genuine.

Favorite childhood memory?
 Watching the Addams Family TV show with my Grandma and waiting for her to do the snaps in the theme song.

First concert?
Harry Connick, Jr.

Most embarrassing moment?
Congratulating a woman on her pregnancy when she wasn't pregnant!

Favorite color?
Whatever is on sale!

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
Train a service dog.

Favorite song?
My favorite song changes often! Right now, it's a tune called “My Heart's Tonight in Ireland” by Andy Irvine. I like songs about things I know, and this one is about County Clare where I was lucky enough to spend a few days in 2004.

If you could meet one musician, dead or alive, who would it be?
Louis Prima and his band.

Boxers or Briefs?
What? We need another female in this band!



 
Bryan Pittard - Sax, vocal
Birthday: Dec 6
Place of Birth: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Current City and State: Orlando, FL

Q&A:

Who/what inspired you to play music?
My high school band director Mr. Kyle, who mentored me and set a great example throughout my years in school. Unfortunately, he passed away some years ago before he learned about me continuing with music after several years of leaving it behind.

Favorite childhood memory?
Spending time with my grandparents, helping my great grandmother shop at Publix and running errands with my mom's mother Nanny.

First concert?
Went to see Yanni play at the O-rena in Orlando with my father.

Most embarrassing moment? 
Admitting that my first concert was a Yanni concert.

Favorite color?
Green.

What is the number one thing on your bucket list? 
Traveling to England and Japan.

Favorite song? 
Dark Night of the Soul by Loreena McKennitt.

If you could meet one musician, dead or alive, who would it be? 
Playing sax for Frank Zappa

Boxers or Briefs?
Briefs with comic prints.



 
Rich Thomas - Trombone, vocal
Birthday: May 3
Place of Birth: Homestead, FL
Current City and State: Windermere, FL

Rich grew up in the Florida Keys with summers spent in rural North Georgia. In the fifth grade he was introduced to band and started playing the trombone. After moving to Vero Beach, Florida in middle school, Rich devoted much time to band, chorus, church, and the occasional school musical production. It was in high school that Rich struck up a friendship with Charlie De Cosa and had the privilege of occasionally singing with Charlie’s band.

Rich attended the University of Florida where he played in the Pride of the Sunshine marching band and the jazz band while earning his degree in Building Construction Management. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music.

Upon graduation from college, Rich married his high school sweetheart, moved to Orlando, Florida, and began a career in commercial construction management. After a few years he picked the trombone back up and played regularly in his church’s orchestra. Several years later Charlie and Rich reconnected and Rich was given the exciting opportunity to play with the Charlie De Cosa Band.

Rich currently resides in Windermere with his wife and three children. He enjoys family time, playing trombone, music, cooking, baking, biking, fishing, boating/sailing, and cars.

Q&A:

Who/what inspired you to play music?
5th grade band teacher.

Favorite childhood memory?
Spending summers in rural North Georgia.

First concert?
The Black Crowes.

Most embarrassing moment?
Never really had one. My wife likely disagrees.

Favorite color?
Blue if I’m forced to choose.

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
Learn to play guitar.

Favorite song?
The First Circle by Pat Metheny, as performed by Bob Curnow’s L.A. Big Band.

If you could meet one musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Ray Charles. I can’t pinpoint a reason. He’s just the one who always comes to mind first whenever this question is posed.

Boxers or Briefs?
Briefs.



 
 Joseph DeCosa - Guitar, vocal
(Joseph A. DeCosa Esquire)
Birthday: March 14th
Place of Birth: Southampton, NY
Current City and State: Vero Beach, FL

Q&A:

Who/what inspired you to play music?
Boredom initially... Then my daddy and my Uncle Charlie kept the fire burning.

Favorite childhood memory?
The one Christmas when I got my first electric guitar. I love that plank of wood.

First concert?
I believe it was a Kiss concert that I went to with my parents and my uncle Charlie and my aunt Brandy and maybe my cousin Gina.

Most embarrassing moment?
That stuff doesn't happen to me. (the blueberry in the nose is priceless)

Favorite color?
Brown.

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
Discover the secret to eternal life.

Favorite song?
Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson.

If you could meet one musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Johnny Cash because the man in black knew how to party.

Boxers or Briefs?
Neither, I wear long johns



 
Carey Frank - Keyboards

Birthday: July 1st

Place of Birth: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Current City and State: Orlando, FL

I am a composer, arranger, teacher, and performer of many instruments; piano and keyboard are my primary instruments. I am fortunate to be an active musician working as a soloist and with other musicians of different size groups and music genres. My work experience is varied and includes playing private parties such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and cocktail parties. I am a keyboard substitute in the Walt Disney World, Epcot Theme Park's Mo’Rockin’ band and the pianist and keyboardist for New Covenant Church in Winter Springs, FL.

Originally from South Florida, I began studying piano at the age of four. In addition to the piano I also took saxophone and guitar lessons. The harmonica, electric bass, and ukulele are self-taught. My strong interest in jazz began in high school and I started teaching piano and guitar at that same time.

This past summer was my third consecutive year teaching at “Music’s Cool Day Camp”, a summer music camp for ages 7-17. I am currently teaching piano at Boys Town, a residential community for kids that need a place to live in Orlando. In March 2011, I had the wonderful opportunity of traveling to Nepal to teach and perform at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory and in Chitwan, home of the National Park.

Several years ago I created the music department at my synagogue, Temple Adath Or, which included performing every Shabbat service and High Holiday services for three years. I was featured on the NBC South Florida Today Show representing the Gold Coast Jazz Society’s First Friday Night Jazz Jams.

Currently I am studying to earn my Bachelor of Music degree in jazz piano performance at The University of Central Florida. Prior to that, I spent two summers studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Q&A:

Who/what inspired you to play music?
My family. I was sort of born into music.

Favorite childhood memory?
Playing my first gigs with my Grandfather and Uncle.

First concert?
Billy Joel.

Most embarrassing moment?
One summer, we went blueberry picking, and all the kids were putting the blueberries against there nose and sucked in just enough to have it stick to the end of their nose. I tried and sucked the blueberry up my nose. For the rest of the day, I couldn’t stop sneezing and I could feel that blueberry in my forehead. Eventually I had a huge sneeze and first the stem flew out, then the blue juice slowly started dripping out.

Favorite color?
Blue.

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
I don’t think that far ahead.

Favorite song?
I have hundreds of favorite song.

If you could meet one musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Chick Corea. He is my number one!

Boxers or Briefs?
Boxers.



 
 Jason May - Drums