THE BAND

The Floyd Concept pays tribute to one of the most iconic progressive rock bands of all time - Pink Floyd.

 

During their two hour show,  fans will hear plenty of hits including Money, Wish You Were Here and Another Brick in the Wall

plus selected album cuts such as Shine On You Crazy Diamond , Pigs, and On The Turning Away.

The show consists of a spectacular stage production that duplicates the sight and sound of a "live" Pink Floyd performance.

Tom Bender

LEAD VOCALS / GUITARS

 

Tom Bender is an award winning vocalist/guitarist/entertainer with over 40 years of experience. He has toured in the U.S. and abroad with vocal groups and fronted several different style bands. His background includes many different avenues of music performance that have all featured his vocal abilities. Tom became a full-time entertainer in 2013 and shows his versatility while performing his solo show that has been voted best in the Western New York area several times in recent years. He has been a fan of Progressive Rock since 1977 and the passionate guitar style of David Gilmour has always been a favorite. “Performing with The Floyd Concept is probably my favorite thing to do right now because I can just get up there and pour my heart out doing music that I love!”

Dan Bird

DRUMS / PERCUSSION / VOCALS

Dan's musical career began when he received his first drumset for Christmas at the age of seven. He began taking lessons at the age of thirteen and has studied with jazz great Kenny Wagner and rock legend Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge. He has performed in some of the area's best bands including Brymstone and Seventh Sign. In addition, Dan is versed in the art of Scottish pipe band music and has performed with the legendary Irish recording artist Noel Henry. Dan was recently nominated for The 2018 Night Life Music Awards in the "Best Rock Drummer" category.

Michael Digaetano

KEYBOARDS

Michael Digaetano's career spans two continents. "Mr. Diggs" as he is better known, has performed in the United States as well as Europe. While touring in Germany Michael won a "Star Search" competition. Diggs' influences include Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) Tony Banks (Genesis) Geoffrey Downes (Asia/Yes) Elton John, Ray Charles, and Keith Emerson. Michael recently nominated for The 2018 Night Life Music Awards in the "Best Rock Keyboardist" category. 

Ron LoCurto

GUITARS / VOCALS

Ron LoCurto has been performing and teaching guitar for over 3 decades. Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded with a passion for music that has seen him grow from his early days as a rocker to a musician and composer whose credits are wide ranging in style. Ron has been honored twice as a finalist in the North American Rock Guitar Competition, taking second place in 2006. Also in 2006, he placed as a finalist in Guitar Player Magazine’s “Guitar Hero” competition. Ron was one of 10 chosen worldwide. He has had multiple nominations in the Buffalo Music Awards and was awarded Top Original Guitarist in 2009. Currently Ron is a professor at Villa Maria College where he teaches guitar and directs the Rock Ensemble. He performs and records as a solo artist and performs with the Big City Horns.

Jack Prybylski

MUSIC DIRECTOR / SAXOPHONES / KEYBOARDS / PERCUSSION / VOCALS

Playing the saxophone since he was seven, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Jack Prybylski is a Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, and a 12-time Buffalo Music Awards "Best Saxophonist" recipient. Jack's three solo CD's received International airplay, and produced chart-topping singles. In addition to being the band's music director and performing on saxophone, Jack also plays keyboards and percussion for The Floyd Concept.

Ray Wood

GUITARS / VOCALS

Ray Wood has been performing in and around the WNY area for 45 years. He has founded two of the most popular bands in the area: The Two Hills Band (1975-1987) and Only Humen (1987-1996). Since 2015, he has been performing with Two Hills Reloaded as well as an acoustic solo artist. A recipient of numerous Buffalo Music Awards, it has been said that Ray has probably collected more group and individual awards than any other performer since the awards began in 1981.  "David Gilmore is one of my favorite guitarists, and I feel fortunate to be able to share his style of playing with other Gilmore fans. To be part of The Floyd Concept, working with and being in the presence of such professional musicians is an honor".

Paul Yates

BASS

Equally proficient on acoustic and electric bass, Paul's numerous performances have included both studio and live dates over the past 10 years. In 2009 he toured with rock and soul artist Fred Shafer performing throughout the United States as well as a MWR tour to Southeast Asia, that included performances in Beijing, China as well as numerous venues around South Korea.  He also performed in Europe having toured with guitarist Tommy Z in Denmark. Paul has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including John Michael Montgomery, Julianne Hough, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Kansas, Journey, and  Yngwie Malmsteen among others. In addition to performing with The Floyd Concept,  Paul also performs with the Big City Horns and Steve Balesteri & The Uptown Sound.  He also is active in musical theater, performing in various pit orchestras for numerous local theater groups. Paul is a three-time recipient of the Buffalo Nightlife Music Awards for Best Blues Bassist.

 

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