|Glenn M. Taylor, guitar, keyboards, vocals *|
Christopher Bolger, guitar, bass, vocals *
Joe Alexander, guitar, vocals
Bob Cianci, drums, vocals
Ray Longchamp, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Peter Scance, bass, guitar, vocals
Chris Roselle, guitar, harmonica, vocals
|Al Egizi, guitar, vocals|
Russ Crapella, guitar, vocals
Dave Hirschberg, drums, vocals
Joe Coghlan, drums, guitar, vocals
Michael Muro, guitars, vocals
Jeff Guenther, guitar, bass, vocals
Cliff Doenges, guitar, mandolin, percussion
|Keith Theall, bass, vocals|
Gary Evans, keyboards, harmonica, guitar, vocals
Jerry DeLisio, saxophone(s), flute, vocals
Brian Wiley, bass, vocals
Don Guinta, drums, vocals
Paul 'Swami' Simeone, keyboards, accordion, vocals
Scott Calvert, saxophone(s), woodwinds, vocals
Adam Egizi, bass, ukulele, vocals
Andrei Koribanics, drums, vocals
Mike Garner, bass, vocals
Pete Danese, drums, vocals
Rhonda Grindell, drums, vocals
* Indicates original Kootz / OMJ band-member; (see history)
A long-time veteran of the north-New Jersey music-scene, Pete Danese was born on November 23, 1954, in the suburban-hamlet of Dumont, NJ (back when they actually had a hospital, there!)...
After spending a few formative, 'toddling'-years in Palisades Park, Pete and his famiy moved to Ridgefield, NJ where his early 'musical-influences' would 'take-root'...
PD's musical-career commenced with lessons on the accordian, at the tender age of 8, under the 'parental-tutelage' of his dad, Ensio, (a master accordianist). After 3 years of 'not practicing enough'... and eventually wanting a 'cooler'-instrument, Pete's decision to switch-over to the drums was made!
With dad always guiding Pete's music-career, in the background, Pops arranged for drum lessons from some of Bergen County's finest 'percussive-instructors'... Richie Satriano and Harry Sabonjian were among the first... Pete later-studied with Joe Cass (Four Seasons) and finally 'The Master', Sonny Igoe (CBS staff, Carol Burnett & Woody Herman).
Some initial musical-influences were, of course, The Beatles... as well as The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Mitch Mitchell and later, The Doors. Jazz-drummers Buddy Rich and Joe Morello also played-into Pete's 'percussive-lexicon'!
Mr. 'D" has been fortunate to work with many local bands since the mid-70s... and had after graduating high school in 1972, achieved great-success playing with his long-time friends 'from the old-Ridgefield-'hood'... TAXI (formerly Thorin Oak), which included landing a 'label-deal' with Decca Records in 1981!
TAXI still plays a few reunions annually to this day... and counts among it's roster, other Kootz-members; Al Egizi, Jerry DeLisio and Paul 'Swami' Simeone.
As one 'busy-stick-man', Pete is also active in several NJ-musical entities, such as My Buddy Paul, The Nice band, Trashed BBQ and The Tim Gysin band.
This is one 'Classic Rockin'-guy! He loves the repertoire & vibe of bringing such great music to life with "The Kootz"! We can only say we're so-pleased to have this 'veteran' join us!
Pete, his wife Kathy and family reside in Bergen County, NJ.