Mary Beth Sippin (vocalist/event coordinator)
nationally recognized performer, has been a guest several times on the Grand Ole Opry and numerous television and radio programs, singing jingles and news anchoring . She has won national awards in singing and choreography and has also produced numerous TV commercials on WTNH channel 8, New Haven. Her energetic talent and smooth style compare only to the best recording and performing artists in the field today. Mary Beth's diverse repertoire consists of swing, big band, top 40, Motown, oldies, rock and country. As a country artist she has produced her debut CD called Back In My Home Town, which combines styles of traditional and contemporary country, western swing, bluegrass, and rockabilly. Mary Beth is an avid athlete and teaches aerobic classes. She resides in Monroe with husband Gary and their three children.
Jim Goodwin (acoustic/electric bass)
began playing bass in 1965 and hasn't stopped since. He has played extensively with big bands, jazz combos, rock, and popular ensembles and orchestras on land and sea. A few of those groups include the George Manstan Big Band, the Executive Redcoat Big Band, jazz on the SS Norway and the New Haven Youth Symphony. Jim received a bachelors degree from Brown University and masters from Trinity College, both in Latin and Greek Literature. More recently he has added the cruise circuit and classes at New England Conservatory to his resume. As part of Long Island Sound, Jim enjoys the excitement and satisfaction of playing more contemporary music with a steady cast of fine musicians for enthusiastic audiences. Ever diverse, Jim also has extensive training in the railroad industry. Jim enjoys biking, kayaking, and yoga (to help recover from biking and kayaking).
Gary Ribchinsky (leader/drummer/vocalist /Dj-Vj)
founder and leader of the Long Island Sound band in operation since 1974. Gary has performed with stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Engelbert Humperdink, Nel Carter, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. He has also performed at the Goodspeed Opera House, the national Broadway tour of Ain't Misbehavin', the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra New England. He has been musician, contractor and percussionist for the New England Pops and the American Musical Theater and he is the percussionist with the CD award winning Klezmer group, Klezical Tradition. Gary has taught percussion at the University of Connecticut and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and was the assistant band director and percussion instructor for the national award winning East Lyme High School Viking Band. He studied at the Boston Conservatory with renowned percussionist Arthur Press. Currently, Gary owns and operates GR Media Productions which offers a full array of HD video and audio recording services. He is a tennis professional (PTR) and varsity girls’ tennis coach at Valley Regional High School. As passionate about tennis as he is about music, Gary plays USTA 4.5 tennis tournaments throughout New England and has built a successful Park and Recreation tennis program in the tri-town area. Gary resides in Ivoryton with wife (cellist) Julie. His three children are all successful musicians, educators, and tennis players.
Salvatore d'Alessandro (guitar/vocalist)
is featured soloist in the Long Island Sound's 50s, 60s and rock tunes. Sal has been teaching instrumental and general music to students in grades K-8 in the Cromwell Public Schools for twenty-five years. He also maintains a studio, offering private instruction on guitar and bass guitar. He received bachelors and masters degrees from Wesleyan University specializing in guitar and African-American music and is certified to teach grades K-12. Sal was awarded a travel-study grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has studied music therapy and acoustics. From weddings to variety and Broadway shows; jazz, funk and disco to ethnic and ballroom dancing styles; Sal has performed it all in his many years of strumming throughout New England. His recording credits include demos for local songwriters and bands, as well as jingles for a local ad agency at WCNX in Middletown. An avid sportsman, Sal loves rowing, squash, swimming and tennis. He lives in Higganum with his wife Mardi.
Brad Pitman (saxophones/vocals/acoustic guitar)
holds the distinction of being both the tallest and the baldest member of the Long Island Sound. A member since 2002, Brad honed his horn-playing chops while growing up alongside LIS member Brian Kelly, with whom he's played since the fourth grade. Together, they learned their craft under the expert tutelage of John Mills at Newington High School and Ellen Rowe at UConn. Since then, he has continually diversified his musical skills to become one of the area's most versatile musicians, a guy who can sit-in, fill-in, or be-in any band. Brad first started playing professionally at the tender age of 19, when he joined the popular Hartford area band, The Core. He went on to join Black Tie Affair during the mid-1990's, before starting his own duo, Brad & Brian, with his longtime buddy in 2000. By day, he is a high school social worker, and in his free time Brad loves to play basketball, ski, and hang with his family. Brad lives in Ivoryton with his wonderful wife and two terrific kids.
Brian Kelly (trumpet/vocals)
a versatile musician has been performing professionally since the age of 15. Brian performs as a trumpet player, singer, keyboardist, session drummer, and a member of the power duo, Brad & Brian. Brian has had the privilege of performing with Brad Pitman since elementary school. From years of performing together, they provide a nice tight horn section and wonderful vocal harmonies for Long Island Sound. From 1992-1997, Brian was the drummer of the band, All The Voices. During his 5 year tenure with the group, ATV performed their original music for sold-out shows from Hartford all the way to NYC. They also opened up for a number of well-known acts like Ted Nugent and Bon Jovi. Brian spends his free time as a music teacher. Under his direction, his instrumental ensembles have earned ratings of “Outstanding” and “Superior” as well as top honors at instrumental music adjudication festivals and competitions. He resides in Rocky Hill with his beautiful wife Tyyne and adorable children Lilah, Bryson, and Garret.
Jack Roberts (keyboards/trombone)
Multi-talented, an 18 year member of the Long Island Sound has performed both trombone and keyboard with prestigious groups such as the Temptations, Orchestra New England, Chick Chicchetti Big Band, New England Jazz Ensemble, Executive Redcoats, Mike Graziano Orchestra, Funkestra, as well as numerous show orchestras, Dixieland and big bands. Jack's love of music and devotion to his instrument was recognized at Old Saybrook High School, causing him to perform in all-state and to receive the prestigious John Phillip Sousa Award. Jack attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied trombone with such greats as Rick Stepton of the Buddy Rich Band and Tony Lada. Jack's other passion bowling has won him countless awards and prizes. He has come within one pin of a perfect score and has countless 700 series. Jack resides in Meriden, CT and has worked with AT&T for 25 years.