Meet The Band

Lou Armagno

Lou Armagno - Vocals


Lou Armagno grew up in the 50's and 60's right outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  As you might imagine, with grandparents from Bari and Naples Italy he listened to the standards of that era sung by legends, such as:  Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Lena Horn, Louie Prima, Sammy Davis Jr., and Nancy Wilson to name a few.  He left Cleveland to travel with the U.S. Air Force, finally landing in Honolulu Hawaii.  It was there he first started singing with various groups at bars and hotels.  And it was there his career got a "kick start" through the encouragement of international recording artist “Ginai.”  She gave him his first opportunity to sing on stage and mentored him along through the years.  Lou has sang with various groups in Honolulu, including The Paradise Dreamers, The Crooners, and later as a freelance, taking the stage whenever he could to include: The Princess Kaiulani & Hale Koa Hotels, Gorden Biersch Brewery stage, Aloha Stadium, and Iolani Palace.  Before leaving Honolulu in 2013, Lou made his first album "FLYIN' HIGH," featuring The Stanton Haugen Jazz Band, and orchestrated by Ginai.  His second CD "NEVER BEFORE" (2015) is a tribute to Frank Sinatra's 100th Anniversary, and features songs from all 7 decades Mr. Sinatra recorded.  Lou now resides in Cleveland Ohio singing the standards of the Great American song book with his quintet Sinatra Selects.  And the forecast for great music in C-Town...Well, "weather wise it’s such a lovely day”!  

Jim Mass - Bass

Jim is a Cleveland native with a diverse musical background spanning more than 40 years. Being equally comfortable on both Acoustic and Electric bass, he has played in most every musical genre, including Jazz, Pop, Rock, Big Band, Classical, Country, Bluegrass, Shows and Plays, Christian and Ethnic. His musical foundation makes him a quick study, and a first call on many sub lists in the area. Groups (to name a few) he has played with include the NEO Jazz Orchestra, Skyline, Swing City Big Band, The Juice Band, Jazz Connection, Johnny Baron Quintet, the Tom Fries Orchestra, Summit Jazz, Cleveland Philharmonic, Hermit Club and Chagrin Studio Orchestras, Rob Michaels, and Josephine Venuti.

Marc Paige - Soprano, alto, & tenor saxophones, clarinet


Marc has been playing clarinet and saxophone for over 55 years. He has performed with many rock, blues and jazz groups, along with most of Cleveland's big bands.  Additionally, he is a member of the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra. Marc and his family live in Solon.

Mike Elkins - Pianist

Mike Elkins is a pianist, music director, and arranger.  He is a veteran of several area big bands and is currently the pianist for the Dan Zola Orchestra.  He has worked in regional musical theater productions as a pit orchestra member and music director at Beck Center, Huntington Playhouse, Clague Playhouse and the former Berea Summer Theater at Baldwin Wallace University.  Mike is one half of the singing duo, Mike and Mary, in which he plays keyboards, sings, and arranges the music.  Mike is employed as a software engineer and lives in Berea with his wife, Linda.

Ricky Exton - PERCUSSIONIST

Ricky Exton: Drummer, recording artist, composer, arranger, and producer, has been active in the music community for over 2 decades. At an early age, Ricky's talents emerged as one of the Cleveland Tri C All Stars. He continued his career in music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a Baccalaureate in Professional Music. His performance venues include jazz festivals, concerts, television appearances, and private and corporate events. He has performed with Lou Rawls, Wynton Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Cyrus Chestnut, Joanne Brackeen, Kim Nazarian, Linda Presgrave, and international guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza. In addition, Ricky is an active session musician recording in studios from the east coast to the west coast.