Music at Milagro
Saturday, May 14
About the band
Frank DiBussolo has been a professional musician since 1965. During this time he has worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll, Vicky Carr, Bob Hope, George Burns and Dom DeLouise and others. As a soloist he has been featured with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Lester Lannin and more. He is a graduate of Widener University and the Combs College of Music where he earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He has served on the faculties of Swarthmore College, Moravian College, Lehigh University and the Combs College of Music. Dr. DiBussolo has recorded extensively and can be heard on the Naxos, DBK and Lost World record labels. For his work in the recording industry, he has been nominated eight times for The Grammy Award in various catagories. He is published in Guitar Player , The Educator and Just Jazz Guitar magazines as well as in the Groves Dictionary.
Ruben Ariola started musical training in Brooklyn NY at the age of 7. He studied trumpet and theory at the Dr. Trogan school and later as a percussionist marching in drum corps, studying timpani under Jim Drost and Latin percussion under Ivan “chili” Sanchez. He now plays drums and percussion with many different artists covering all genres from folk, jazz, rock, funk, fusion, gospel, pop, and latin. He currently resides in the Poconos.
Gary Staples I have been playing piano and organ for most of my life and has played professionally since high school from Maine to Florida and twice in Germany. I have been very fortunate to perform with some terrific talent....but none more enjoyable than the upcoming line up at Villa Milagro on August 14th. Having worked with Emmett Harris for almost 20 years, and Rubin Ariola for 10years. I can tell you they are the very best at what they do! I am also honored to be working with Frank DiBussolo, guitar player extraordinaire.
Emmett Harris has been performing as a vocalist in the Lehigh Valley for most of his life, most recently as the lead front man with Lucky Seven for 18 years.He has been fortunate enough to have toured in Canada with his band Gigolo, and in the United States with the band Long Island Sound out of New York City.During the 70's Emmitt has performed on the same venue with Vicy Sue Robinson, Wild Cherry, The Trammps, Tavares, and The Village People. Emmitt is currently lead vocalist with the BBraun Corporate band, InFusion.