Michele Ruffino

 

Lead Vocals

Michele’s interest in music came early being  the youngest of a family of music lovers.  Though she never sought  to be a lead vocalist, she sang in church choirs and large vocal groups throughout WNY. With no prior musical training, she decided to a make a change, when in her 40’s  she began taking guitar lessons.  Since then she has been a lead vocalist and had the opportunity to share the stage with many  seasoned local musicians. Her vocal gigs have  included  gospel, jazz, standards, funk, rock and even a Carol King tribute band.  She has been a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble of St Joseph’s University Church for the last 20 years.

 

 

 

Tim Gettings

 Guitar, Vocals Harmonica

         Tim became interested in music, Pop, Motown, Soul, R&B, Blues and Jazz in  the mid 60's. Started guitar at an early age and played in various pop and blues bands from the 70's to the present.  Past bands include Sly Willie & The Shake, Barb Wired,and Black Rock Zydeco.

 

 

Tom Olejniczak

Bass,Vocals

             In the beginning , Tom was influenced by bassists Paul McCartney, Tim Bogert  and Larry Taylor. With this foundation he moved to a jazz genre  influenced by heavy hitters Jaco Pastorius, Eddie Gomez, and  Stanley Clarke.  Tom has performed with various country and blues bands, opening for major artists, Eddie Money and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. He has recorded in the studio with his own projects and is focused now on the rhythm and blues music scene.

 

Elton Hough

Drums, Percussion

 

Elton Hough hails from a musical family of five siblings all of whom play several instruments as well as his father who played blues guitar. 

As a highly regarded piano teacher in local churches, as well as part of the University of Buffalo music curriculum, it was primarily Elton's mother who strongly encouraged his further education as a drum major. 

With a pre-requisite of sight reading skills, Elton enrolled at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts at age 10 where he remained until he graduated at age 17. During these years he studied with Greg Edwin (at the renowned Edwins Music on Broadway in Buffalo) as well as studio ace, Tony Miranda, a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performer/percussionist. Elton's success as a student earned him the status of being selected for the All Western New York Jazz band at age 16 and an internship with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Armed with a world class musical education and a desire to succeed, Elton traveled to Los Angeles to share drumming duties with his acquaintance, the late  Leon "Ndugu Chancler, (Santana, Spyro Gyra) in a variety of church worship settings as well as in several R&B groups. 

Elton currently enjoys a full time position as staff drummer at True Bethel Baptist Church as well as lending his talents to Redeeming Fire Friendship Church both located in Buffalo. 

During three brief festival tours with the Headers during the summer season of 2011, Elton displayed his skills and wowed audiences from New York, Pennsylvania and as far south as Daytona Beach. He continues to win over audiences with a rare combination of song sensitivity coupled with a relentless drive.

 

Jere Sloma

Keyboards, Vocals

 

Jere  has been playing keys since he was about 5 years old.   Been playing in bands since 1963.  Recently played with Getting Better Band,   Take Cover,   Flash Back.  Double Down  and After Midnight.  Influences are Jimmy McGriff,  Jimmy Smith,  Richard Groove Holmes, Brother Jack McDuff and Jim Calire (Raven).