All The Way To Lancaster For Roots & Blues

All the way to Lancaster? What?! When I first moved to Lititz from Lancaster about 18 years ago I was surprised to hear that phrase over and over again.  All the way to Lancaster? What does that mean? 

People seemed…

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Coach Me Up, I'm A Rookie

This past year was my rookie season in the “record sales” department. The Cat’s Pajamas Old School Jazz Band released an album over the summer, and the Fulginiti Family Band released a holiday single for charity. Both were fun and…

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Family Band Releases Holiday Single For Charity

Aren't there enough versions of Jingle Bells already?  We don't think so!  The Fulginiti Family Band is proud to announce the release of our first annual holiday single- Jingle Bells.  This year, all proceeds are going to Music For Everyone…

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Behaving Badly: Observations From The Bandstand

As humans, we're all born with a few "not-so-adorable" traits that really get on other people’s nerves.  It's ok though.  Hopefully we've all learned to tolerate each other and to get along well for the most part.  But despite our…

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Gig Obituary: Rockvale Outlets Holiday Music

George W. Bush was president, Andy Reid & Donavan McNabb were Philly’s inseparable couple, and My Love was Justin Timberlake’s current hit.  It was December 2006, and I was playing a simple brass duo gig, strolling the outlets at Rockvale…

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Death's Killer Dance Party Jam

What comes to mind when you think of Halloween music?   Michael Jackson’s Thriller?  The Addams Family theme song?  The 1962 hit single Monster Mash?  How about something from The Nightmare Before Christmas?  All good stuff, but the orchestral composers of…

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Zeit Fur Oktoberfest!!

As a kid growing up in Lancaster, we lived a block or two away from what was known as “Cabbage Hill”.  There was a large population of German-Americans on that hilly section of town, including my mom's extended family.  My…

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FoodStock V- Because Food Insecurity Is Real

Several years ago I was playing a gig with my friend Tom Hayden in a band called Back In Motion.  We were between sets and Tom was talking about a successful food drive he had worked on at his day…

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Time To Let "That's The Cat's!" Out Of The Bag

This is a big week for The Cat's Pajamas Old School Jazz Band because our new album is finished and our release party is this Thursday night in the An Sibin Speakeasy room at Tellus 360 in Lancaster, Pa.  The…

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Here Come The Brides, There Goes The Time

Last week I played the longest bridal procession of my career.  About 4 solid minutes with about 50 “brides” coming down the aisle.  It was a Thursday morning “gig” at 7:30am in an elementary school cafeteria.  If this sounds like…

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Insta-Guilt: The Discomfort Of Self-Promotion 

Me time.  A phrase a we hear often.  True, everybody needs a little “me time”.  But the problem for many of us, and for our culture in general, is that our whole existence is about me time.  It’s always 5…

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