Chuck Salamone After early exposure to classical music (specifically Disney's Fantasia) and the art of "jamming," Chuck knew there was something special about music. From humble beginnings of improvised harmonica/Hammond B3 jams with his father, John Salamone, to getting his first band started before entering high school, his journey to learning, composing, and performing music has been nothing but rewarding. Upon graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Music (2012), Chuck had already met all the current players in "Amigos, Amigos!"...it was only a matter of time before they would all be performing on the same stage. With ears driven and inspired by nostalgia, video game compositions, and various life experiences, he writes music with everyone's listening experience in mind. When he's not making music, he's busy "making musicians" as a private music instructor/co-owner at His and Her's Music LLC with his wife, Diane. His recent projects include an unreleased EP of original music written for acoustic guitar and piano, a separate collection of original songs that he plans to record called "Of Mortals and the Gods," and a role as lead composer for an upcoming video game, Hylics II!

Chuck Salamone

After early exposure to classical music (specifically Disney's Fantasia) and the art of "jamming," Chuck knew there was something special about music. From humble beginnings of improvised harmonica/Hammond B3 jams with his father, John Salamone, to getting his first band started before entering high school, his journey to learning, composing, and performing music has been nothing but rewarding. Upon graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Music (2012), Chuck had already met all the current players in "Amigos, Amigos!"...it was only a matter of time before they would all be performing on the same stage. With ears driven and inspired by nostalgia, video game compositions, and various life experiences, he writes music with everyone's listening experience in mind. When he's not making music, he's busy "making musicians" as a private music instructor/co-owner at His and Her's Music LLC with his wife, Diane. His recent projects include an unreleased EP of original music written for acoustic guitar and piano, a separate collection of original songs that he plans to record called "Of Mortals and the Gods," and a role as lead composer for an upcoming video game, Hylics II!

Dr. Tina Aragona Tina joined her first band, Jumbo Racket, when another graduate student in her department found out she played the bass guitar at a pumpkin carving party. The band played a mix of rock covers and originals for about two years before all of the members graduated and went their separate ways. Half a year later, she found out that Chuck was looking for a bassist for a project that he was working on. Eager to find some new people to play with, she was more than happy to say yes. Over the next year or so, the band went through a few stages of development until it solidified into the lineup of Amigos, Amigos! She loves that each member has a different set of influences and musical background and brings it to the table whenever they are working on new music.

Dr. Tina Aragona

Tina joined her first band, Jumbo Racket, when another graduate student in her department found out she played the bass guitar at a pumpkin carving party. The band played a mix of rock covers and originals for about two years before all of the members graduated and went their separate ways. Half a year later, she found out that Chuck was looking for a bassist for a project that he was working on. Eager to find some new people to play with, she was more than happy to say yes. Over the next year or so, the band went through a few stages of development until it solidified into the lineup of Amigos, Amigos! She loves that each member has a different set of influences and musical background and brings it to the table whenever they are working on new music.

Nick Evans Nick has been playing guitar since 2002 when he started five years of formal lessons in his home state of Oklahoma. Nick often jokes that he is the only “loser” in the band that does not have a formal music degree, but he’s probably lying. His main influences are The Balloons, Scale the Summit, Lamb of God, and any music that emerged out of the greatest decade in musical history…the 80’s! Nick is currently a preschool paraprofessional. He also has the coolest wife, Brenda, and five of the cuddliest kitties this Earth will ever see. When he’s not playing guitar, Nick is in the gym lifting heavy shit. Also, he’s 5’9″, drives a stick shift, and is nearsighted.

Nick Evans

Nick has been playing guitar since 2002 when he started five years of formal lessons in his home state of Oklahoma. Nick often jokes that he is the only “loser” in the band that does not have a formal music degree, but he’s probably lying. His main influences are The Balloons, Scale the Summit, Lamb of God, and any music that emerged out of the greatest decade in musical history…the 80’s! Nick is currently a preschool paraprofessional. He also has the coolest wife, Brenda, and five of the cuddliest kitties this Earth will ever see. When he’s not playing guitar, Nick is in the gym lifting heavy shit. Also, he’s 5’9″, drives a stick shift, and is nearsighted.

 
Mario Correa Mario is a freelance trumpet player in the metro area. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University. He Completed a Performer’s Certificate from the John J. Cali School of Music – Montclair State University where he is a student of Don Batchelder (principal trumpet of the NYC Opera). In addition to performing, Mario has worked with numerous public school music programs in NJ as both a guest performer and adjunct instructor.

Mario Correa

Mario is a freelance trumpet player in the metro area. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University. He Completed a Performer’s Certificate from the John J. Cali School of Music – Montclair State University where he is a student of Don Batchelder (principal trumpet of the NYC Opera). In addition to performing, Mario has worked with numerous public school music programs in NJ as both a guest performer and adjunct instructor.

Jarrett Walser Jarrett began his musical journey at the age of three but his love for jazz began at the age of 11 when he started studying at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) WellFargo Jazz for Teens program. During his 7 years at NJPAC, he had the fortunate opportunity to study with jazz greats such as Ralph Peterson, Cecil Brooks III and Dion Parson. After his studies at NJPAC, he continued to pursue his passion for music at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he received his B.A. in Jazz Performance. While there he was able to study with world class musicians Victor Lewis, Ralph Bowen and Conrad Herwig to name a few. After the 3 away from school he returned to Rutgers and is currently a Masters student at Mason Gross School of the Art and he plans to focus on his life long passion of playing music. Even though Jarrett’s musical background is in Jazz, he has grown to love and appreciate all styles of music. He has performed with various funk and pop/rock groups such as Charles Laurita and The Mischief, Always On Time and Goddess Laskshmi. Jarrett is now excited to continue is musical journey with Amigos, Amigos and to collaborate and reunite with his former college “amigo” Chuck Salamone. He also looks forward to continuing the great work established by Dan Silverstein on Drums, who was also a former music colleague at Rutgers.

Jarrett Walser

Jarrett began his musical journey at the age of three but his love for jazz began at the age of 11 when he started studying at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) WellFargo Jazz for Teens program. During his 7 years at NJPAC, he had the fortunate opportunity to study with jazz greats such as Ralph Peterson, Cecil Brooks III and Dion Parson. After his studies at NJPAC, he continued to pursue his passion for music at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he received his B.A. in Jazz Performance. While there he was able to study with world class musicians Victor Lewis, Ralph Bowen and Conrad Herwig to name a few. After the 3 away from school he returned to Rutgers and is currently a Masters student at Mason Gross School of the Art and he plans to focus on his life long passion of playing music. Even though Jarrett’s musical background is in Jazz, he has grown to love and appreciate all styles of music. He has performed with various funk and pop/rock groups such as Charles Laurita and The Mischief, Always On Time and Goddess Laskshmi. Jarrett is now excited to continue is musical journey with Amigos, Amigos and to collaborate and reunite with his former college “amigo” Chuck Salamone. He also looks forward to continuing the great work established by Dan Silverstein on Drums, who was also a former music colleague at Rutgers.

Joe Christianson Joe is a freelance musician in the Tri-State Area. He received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University and received a Master’s in Music Performance at the John J. Cali School of Music – Montclair State University. In addition to Amigos, Amigso, he has played with a few bands including: Mighty Spectrum Band, Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys, King Noise, Always on Time, Suns of Scarab, and Bonefide. Joe is a founding member of the Tri-State Brass Society, a chamber brass group dedicated to performance and education in the metro area. In addition to playing trumpet, Joe enjoys teaching, singing, watching tv, and just hanging out with friends (Amigos).

Joe Christianson

Joe is a freelance musician in the Tri-State Area. He received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University and received a Master’s in Music Performance at the John J. Cali School of Music – Montclair State University. In addition to Amigos, Amigso, he has played with a few bands including: Mighty Spectrum Band, Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys, King Noise, Always on Time, Suns of Scarab, and Bonefide. Joe is a founding member of the Tri-State Brass Society, a chamber brass group dedicated to performance and education in the metro area. In addition to playing trumpet, Joe enjoys teaching, singing, watching tv, and just hanging out with friends (Amigos).


Former Members and Featured Artists:

Dan Silverstein (former drummer)
Billy hughes (Tuba, bass trombone)
dave demair (trombone)
diane aragona (backing vocals)
colleen martin (backing vocals)