Joe Marcinek - Sax, Vocals
Joe is originally from Norristown, PA. Since early childhood he had a knack for music and
rhythm, and his music lessons were influenced in part by his father’s interest in big band
swing and his own interest in bands such as The Beatles, The Crusaders, Grover Washington, Jr.,
EWF, and Chicago. He began private guitar lessons at the age of nine at DeFelice Music in
Norristown, and eventually became a member of the first group to play guitar masses at his l
ocal church. Later he attended Bishop Kenrick High School, and having always enjoyed the
wail of saxophones, joined the jazz, symphonic, and marching bands. It was during this time
that he first met some of the members of Wildflower.
He officially joined Wildflower in the summer of ’72 and went on to play with them until the spring of ’79. They quickly progressed from local dances and parties to proms and nightclubs, mainly in the Delaware Valley and South Jersey area. The band’s high energy performances eventually took them to venues as far as Chicago, IL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. During this period he also studied other instruments, such as the flute, adding further variety to the band’s repertoire. They later went on to do recording work in several studios, and appeared on a local Philadelphia TV broadcast with a celebrity DJ.
Over the years Joe has continued to celebrate his love of music, playing with local bands such as Main Street, The Eve Band, The Midnight Orchestra, and One-Eyed Willie. Now he’s back in action with “The Horns That Deal”, and looking forward to a new chapter in Wildflower history.
Dave Rand - Keyboards, Vocals
Sheppie Fitts - Drums, Vocals
Scott Lerner- Guitar
Bill DiMino - Trumpet, Sax, Valve Trombone, Vocals
Born and raised in Norristown, Pa., Bill began playing trumpet at age 9, playing in
marching and symphonic bands in grade school and high school. His early
influences were Al Hirt , Louis Armstrong, and Maynard Ferguson. In 1971, he and
7 fellow musicians/classmates formed the dance band, Wildflower. Around this time,
he taught himself to play valve trombone. In 1973, Bill entered pharmacy school.
As Wildflower increased in popularity and appeared more frequently, he was forced
to make the difficult decision to leave the band to pursue his studies. While
determined to focus on school, Bill also continued to play with part-time area bands.
In October 1976, he joined Half Moon, remaining with the group until June 1978 just as the group was breaking out of the local scene for the first of several tours to Canada, where they became one of the top club bands. After leaving Half Moon, Bill further expanded his versatility by teaching himself to play tenor sax. From 1981 to 1994, he performed with one of the area’s most popular wedding groups—The Eve Band. He also worked with The Midnight Orchestra and Jumpstreet at local weddings, private events, and clubs. Finally, in mid 2010, Bill came full circle when he and 7 other musicians, including 6 original members, reformed the band Wildflower. Bill met his wife in 1974 while he was in Wildflower and married in 1978. In 1986, at the age of 31, Bill was able to go back to school full time and is today a practicing eye doctor in East Norriton, PA.
Carmen Tornambe - Trumpet, Congas, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Carmen Tornambe is originally from Norristown, Montgomery County, PA. He started
playing accordion at age 9 but quickly moved to trumpet, Al Hirt being a big influence.
Soon he started taking private lessons from local music teachers at King’s Music
School and in grade school. Upon entering high school he became involved
in the symphonic and marching bands. This is where he joined with other musicians in
to start a career in music. He appeared on nationally syndicated TV shows, as well as
playing along side entertainers such as: B. J. Thomas, Philadelphia's own Intruders,
The Delfonics, Blue Magic, Chuck Berry, The Duprees, Bobby Rydell, Archie Bell & The Drells,
The Blue Notes, The Soul Survivors, The Buckinghams, members of Tower Of Power, and more.
He received a music scholarship from Widener University upon graduating high school,
and studied performance at Philadelphia Musical Academy which is now University Of The Arts.
His time with the original Wildflower consisted of playing mostly on the east coast and as far west
as Chicago as well as being signed by H&L Records from NY. In the mid 80’s he performed and
recorded in an international orchestra with two Tower Of Power members, David Garibaldi (drummer)
and Danny Hoefer (guitar). “With my background in Wildflower, playing with these two guys was a real blessing and a treat, to say the least”.
He is also a trumpet instructor at Music and Arts, a chain of music stores and music lesson studios, as well as teaching for Musika based in NY. Carmen is trumpet player for the Grammy award winning Trammps, since May of 2013.
Influences in music are numerous. “I like to be well-rounded as a musician and therefore, my musical influences in life are very numerous, starting with my father who played mandolin”.
Brandi Nelson - volcals, songwriter
Brandi, aka Bria, is a seasoned musician who began singing and performing at the age of five years old. Coming from the Plymouth Meeting area in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Brandi has performed at notable venues across the country including the legendary Apollo Theater, the NAACP Image Awards, and Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar in NY City. Brandi was discovered by Britney Spears' talent scout, Mr. Billy Kahn, while performing at Showtime at the Apollo, and Mr. Kahn helped Brandi produce original material in order to shop a record deal in the pursuit of becoming a pop/soul recording artist in the music industry. Brandi was later signed to Atlantic Records in her teens where she worked directly with the label's founder, Ahmet Ertegun, to develop her sound as an artist.
Brandi has always been a true artist at heart, writing and recording her own music while also teaching herself to play guitar and singing in different party bands over the years. Brandi is now looking forward to sharing the stage with Wildflower and continuing to showcase her passion for music to new audiences.
Alan McCouch - Bass
Originally from Norristown he started out his music path on accordion in grade school. Right
before entering high school the bass guitar became a favorite and was the instrument of
choice to the present day. In high school Alan continued with instruments accentuating the
lower register, he was also a member of the symphonic and marching bands. It was during
the early high school years that he became part of the early Norristown rock scene playing
in bands performing songs from the early art rock bands of that era.
In 1971 he became part of the original Wildflower playing with several classmates and forming one the early horn bands in Norristown. This experience opened up a whole new appreciation for the highly rhythmic style of music that was the basis of R&B and funk. At that point, he was becoming increasingly interested in Jazz and several years later left to explore that style.
From 1976 on he focused primarily on jazz and also started studying the upright/acoustic bass. During that era he studied with Jazz guitarist Chuck Anderson and one of Philadelphia’s premier jazz bass players Al Stauffer. Alan was also accepted into the Berklee College of music but decided to stay local and continue studying with Chuck Anderson and Al Stauffer. During this time he was also studying Engineering at Drexel University and was part of the Drexel symphony. He also did several seasons with the North Penn symphony.
Alan continued playing with many area bands in the club and wedding scene. In the early 80’s he did a long stint with local Jazz fusion guitarist Doug Markley. “The resurrection of Wildflower has proved to be quite interesting and it is good to see so many of the original and new players continue their passion for music”.
Aaron (AC) King - Vocals, Sax, Percussion
A lifelong Cherry Hill NJ native, Scott started playing guitar at the age of 10, inspired by
such classic artists as Led Zeppelin, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Throughout his teen
years, his tastes and influences expanded into more progressive music such as
Steely Dan, Return to Forever, Allan Holdsworth, Weather Report, and Jean Luc Ponty.
From there, it was a short jump into hardcore jazz. This love of jazz pushed Scott to
attend and graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1990.
While at Berklee, Scott developed his unique style, a blend of jazz, rock, blues, funk,
and r&b. He immersed himself in the music of such artists like Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, John Scofield, Scott Henderson, and Robben Ford to name just a few.
After Berklee, Scott played in a number of Philadelphia and AC area wedding and party bands. In 1992, a business opportunity to partner in his father’s business put being a full time professional musician on hold.
Since then, Scott has gigged and taught locally, as well as appearing on the 2005 CD release “Fresh Blood”, a compilation of undiscovered guitar talent. An avid electronics tinkerer, Scott also has been involved with several equipment manufacturers in voicing guitar tube amp and pedal circuits. He has been a NAMM convention demo artist for over a decade, as well as recording demo sample clips for various manufacturers.
Playing with Wildflower is the perfect gig for Scott as their funky soulful sound is an ideal fit for his sophisticated fusion style, and his ability to effortlessly shift between genres.
We would like to welcome vocalist, Aaron (AC) King to the Wildflower family as an occasional performer. Aaron has performed all over the world as an accomplished vocalist, as well as sax and bass player.
From Norristown, PA, Sheppie has been a driving force behind the drum kit ever since taking the original drummer's place back in the very late 70's. Sheppie is also the drummer for the Grammy Award winning Trammps.
Alaina Nelson Williams - volcals, songwriter, actress
As the daughter of a singer/musician, Alaina began performing at the tender age of five years old. Her background includes musical theater, playing the piano, writing and recording her own original music, working as a studio session singer, TV and film actress, as well as performing in hip-hop, soul, R&B, and party bands.
Originally hailing from Norristown, PA, Alaina has performed up and down the east coast for over 25 years. She is very excited to share her talents with the legendary Wildflower band.