Joy To The Burg 2021
Bridging the divide between straight-drive, traditional grass played by the Del McCoury Band and the Lonesome River Band and the genre-warping progressive grass done by the Punch Brothers and Front Country, Colebrook Road strives to find a common middle ground, creating new enthusiasts for bluegrass while expanding the definition of the genre for established fans.
Christyan Seay, tenor, is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and a resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He studied voice with the late Dr. Thomas Houser (New Holland, PA) and Dr. Anthony Leach (State College, PA) while coaching with noted vocal coaches in the central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia areas. Active in recital, oratorio and opera, Mr. Seay has performed extensively throughout central Pennsylvania and Europe including performances at Weill Recital Hall in New York City and venues abroad in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
No Last Call
We are Harrisburg's first and only "hit & run" street band and we love showing up on a corner unannounced and playing tunes that get people clapping, dancing and smiling. We are a community band of about 30 musicians that exudes spontaneity and fun.
Shea Quinn is a musician based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Most notably, he was a member of the 1980's band, The Sharks, winners of the MTV Basement Tapes competition.
Tony Wayne is a Pennsylvania local guitarist, arranger, and composer. He specializes in a variety of genres including rock, blues, jazz, funk, and more. Tony has Contributed music on every Joy to the Burg album so far, and has an original album, "Out of Thin Air", released as well on all major streaming platforms. Tony is excited to have contributed an original arrangement of "What Child is This?" to the 2021 edition of Joy to the Burg.
The Goods are a family band based out of New Cumberland, PA, playing in their church and at community events. Visit us at https://www.reverbnation.com/333thegoods
The Susquehanna Chorale, founded in 1981 by Artistic Director Linda L. Tedford, has been widely recognized as one of the outstanding choral ensembles in the United States. The 37-voice auditioned choir is recognized by critics and audiences alike for its commitment to excellence and its artistic interpretation of choral works of many styles and historical periods. The Susquehanna Chorale’s awards include Chorus America's highest national honor, the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence, and it tied for second place in the 2020 American Prize Competition.
Grumpy began in 1996 and has played the area consistently ever since. Original members Steve Clay (vox/guitar) and Greg Platzer (vox/guitar) are joined by Dean Vaccher (bass) and Michael Hillegas (drums). Drums on this track were performed by Logan Sumney at his Rock Mill Studios. Grumpy is pleased to be able to support Joy To The Burg since year one.
Crossfire3 is made up of Jeanine Scarpato, Cherie Scarpato and Colette Eckert. This trio brings with it over 25 years of music making experience and a passion for getting that memorable, blended vocal sound. With Crossfire3 you’ll hear a mix of classic rock, pop, folk, and country music that will reel in any die-hard music lover or casual listener who is looking to enjoy a night of live music.
Canaan's Land Bluegrass is commited to providing top notch traditional bluegrass music with a sprinkling of new era sounds. We pride ourselves on the respect that the music and the audiences deserves. The precise music and tight harmonies are the engine that drives us to give the fun and high energy shows that we do. It is our focus to provide the audience with the best that bluegrass music has to give.
Grant Bryan is a country music artist from Elizabethtown Pa, with Tennessee roots. Grant is also an entrepreneur and a personal trainer. You can find His hit single “Boy I Was Back Then” along with his most recent EP “Runnin Down These Dreams”, on any of your favorite music streaming platforms.
Cumberland Valley High School Sinfonietta
Sinfonietta is the most advanced String Orchestra at Cumberland Valley HS. They perform the highest caliber of chamber music literature. Rehearsing daily, students in Sinfonietta range from grades 10 – 12. Members of this elite ensemble are well represented in PMEA Festival competitions throughout the State and participate in countless community service clubs & endeavors. Their conductor is Jennifer A. Schramm. Jennifer has been the Director of Orchestras at Cumberland Valley for the last 28 years.
Rita Angelucci and Joe Trojcak
Joe Trojcak is the founder and president of Progressive Enterprises, an audio production company located in Elizabethtown, PA. He has recorded many of the songs on all three Joy To The Burg albums, and played keyboards on the Anthony Pieruccini Trio track Joy To The World on the 2019 album. Joe is also the Music Director at Seven Sorrows BVM Catholic Church in Middletown. For Joy To The Burg 2021, he put on his composers cap and wrote an arrangement of the hymn Oh Come Little Children that features well known vocalist Rita Angelucci (lead singer of classic R&B cover band Class Act with Rita) as well as vocals from children in his church and community. Joe says "my goal was to take the listener back to the early 70's. Saturday Night. A variety show on CBS TV with a well known female singer accompanied by kids singing in the middle of the show. Hope you enjoy the journey."
Camp Hill United Methodist Church Bell Choir
The Camp Hill United Methodist Church Bell Choir ring regularly in worship and other special performances throughout the central Pennsylvania region. They are directed by Keith Roden and are one of Central PA’s largest handbell programs.
Don Johnson Project
Funky Blues, Motown, and much more. The Don Johnson Project will have you out of your chair and dancing! If you like Hendrix, Otis, and BB King, you will love this band.
Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith (LOF) is a contemporary Christian band based in York, Pa. The band was created in 2003 to as a praise and worship musical ministry to help provide inspiration and participation in hearing God’s word. LOF provides praise and worship music for services and special events throughout the central Pennsylvania area, and has contributed an original song to all three Joy To The Burg albums.
Loco Lobo is an eclectic group of superb musicians and vocalists that Sheldon Jones surrounded himself with to make the songs he wrote become a reality.
The [Sum] is a cover band located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They perform covers of rock and pop hits from the 60's to present day. Some of their covers include Queen, Steely Dan, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, and much more. The [Sum] was formed during the spring of 2017. The band consisted of Jay Kirssin, Bill Wasch, Ralph "Toad" Carfagno, and Olivia Downs. During the summer of 2021, they welcomed their fifth band member Ashley Smith.
Debbie and Polly Smith
Polly Smith has been accompanying her daughter Debbie Smith on piano since Debbie was old enough to sing. Debbie says "We would always play and sing together at churches. She gave me my love for music. She gave me confidence and my voice..." Polly holds her BA degree in music from Ithaca College and a Masters from Fredonia State Teacher’s School. She has been playing piano since she was 5 and became a public school music teacher after obtaining her Master’s Degree.
Debbie has a degree in Theater from Temple University and, after graduation, headed to New York where she sang jazz and “standards” in different venues in the City at night, while auditioning during the day. She vocally trained with Joan Boytim and Marni Nixon. After doing a number of commercials and small parts on TV, she tired of the City lifestyle and returned home to help run the family business, Smith Custom Framing and Fine Art Gallery in New Cumberland. Now she is able to perform locally with Theater Harrisburg, Open Stage, Harrisburg Opera and continue to sing in church. Debbie is grateful to have her mom partner in performing of “The Lord’s Prayer” for the Joy to the Burg 2021.