The Reflections Band Music DEMO
Paul DeGuiseppi - Rhythm Guitar / Vocals. BIO 1965: Paul is feverishly scribbling the lyrics to “She Loves You” for a classmate. Sister snatches the notepad away before it’s completed. The nun barely reads “It’s you she’s thinking of” before bellowing “What’s this?! I’ll see your parents on Sunday after Mass! You will learn to appreciate REAL music instead of this dreck!” Sister is perplexed because Paul is unfazed by her threat. She wasn’t prepared for their reaction: “Yes, Sister, what’s wrong with The Beatles? We love them too.” Even though he was only six years old, he vividly remembers the evening of February 9, 1964 watching The Beatles’ debut on Ed Sullivan. But with his father, older brother, and other close relatives being musicians, he was surrounded by and appreciated all types of music, well before that ground-breaking evening. Above describes Paul’s musical foundation, and nothing has changed since. His favorites are British Invasion and other 60s rock, but he’s also into big band and jazz, classic country and western, progressive rock, certain metal bands, even some “guilty pleasure” pop. Paul is thrilled to be a member of Reflections, playing some of his favorite songs with guys who love music as much as he does. Paul lives right outside of Southport with his wife Pat and their cat Hazel Nut. He’s also a car enthusiast, and enjoys arguing in his spare time.
George Babbis - Lead Guitar - was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he originally studied classical guitar at the request of his father. At the age of 14, George switched to Rock and Roll music and started his first band. It was with this band, he played along side such luminaries as Link Wray (Rumble), Bryan Hyland (Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini), and Marv Johnson (You’ve Got What It Takes).
The late 60’s marked a change to psychedelic music with a band called The Urge. In addition to the teen- oriented dances, the Urge started playing the club scene in the DC area.
The 70’s again brought a change in music style. The Fabulous Continentals, a ten-piece soul group formed and brought soul music to the Washington, DC scene.
In the 80’s and up until recently, the music of choice was a mixture of Classic Rock and Roll and Country music. Some of his more notable bands during this period were back up for Country music star Narvel Felts (Lonely Teardrops) and Sun Records recording artist, Vernon Taylor. An occasional guest performer with The Night Shift was Del Puschart (Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry’s sax man).
George has now joined the Reflections Band and enjoys the company of some of North Carolina’s best musicians who offer the best of Rock & Roll, Country Rock, Beach Music and more.
Charlie DeTorres - Bass Guitar / Vocals started his musical journey as a drummer in his early teens in the North East. He switched to Bass Guitar which was a natural fit and opened the doors to playing with several groups. Charlie is influenced by the British Invasion Bands particularly the Beatles, as well as bands from the 70’s and 80's.
Discovering the music scene in Southport reignited Charlie’s passion for music and playing his bass. He has played with several groups in the Southport/Oak Island area before joining The Reflections Band. The fit was magical, both musically and personally.
Gary Pizzichillo Drums/ Vocals settled here in North Carolina 5 years ago, moving from New Jersey where he was born and raised. Started his music career during the high school years he spent in Monmouth County, NJ. He became a self-taught drummer at the age of 14. During his music career, he was determined to work through the complex coordination of singing while playing the drums, and developed into a vocalist as well.
In 1999 he turned to being a DJ, and had a successful run for 20 years with the help of his vocal ability. Blending singing with music tracks in between recorded music, he became known as the “singing DJ”.
Now he’s back playing and singing live music, with the very talented musicians who make up the band known as Reflections.
“It’s amazing how much satisfaction a musician can feel when they find the right fit with other musicians of the same caliber. We’re having fun while entertaining people who enjoy the same era of music that we do. It doesn’t get any better.
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