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Paul’s powerful vocals and warm connection with his audiences make him one of Northern California

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School music programs were a significant part of Greg’s life from elementary school through high s

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A native Californian, Andy has played trombone since the age of 10. While in Southern California, h

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Joe was given his first saxophone at an early age, with family members serving as his early instruct

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Brian brings to CTT the road chops of a veteran warrior. In the late ’70s. Brian became a fou

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Dave began music lessons at the age of 5 and has been playing and writing music ever since. Alt

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Tony’s long and varied musical journey began at age 8 with an introduction to music by his father,

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Barry brings a rich background of experience to the CTT project. After years of playing in vari

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Frank appears with Chicago the TRIBUTE on occasion on vocals and percussion.

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    PAUL BENAVIDEZ | vocals

    VOCALS

    Paul’s powerful vocals and warm connection with his audiences make him one of Northern California’s most sought-after male vocalists for both live performances and recordings. He began performing for audiences at the tender age of three in his hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico. During his High School years, he was named an All-State Tenor, and at the age of 21, was the Champion of the Southwest in a Starr Seekers Male Vocalist competition. In 1997, Paul moved to California to join the internationally-acclaimed band, Malo (of Suavecito fame), as a lead vocalist. In addition to touring with Malo, Paul has also served as lead vocalist for numerous other bands representing a variety of musical genres, including Toto Too, Bueno, and Tortilla Soup. He has also recorded and performed with a myriad of world-class artists including Gregg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone, WAR, Tower of Power, Tierra, Heatwave, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E, and many others. Paul continues to inspire awe with his commanding voice, often referred to as “A Force Of Nature,” in his role of lead vocalist for Chicago The Tribute. When he’s not touring, Paul enjoys spending time with his family; camping, fishing, and attending sporting events. You might also find him in the kitchen creating one of his many Southwest specialties.

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      GREG BURCH | drums

      DRUMS

      School music programs were a significant part of Greg’s life from elementary school through high school, and then in college where he received a degree in Percussion Performance. Attributing his ability to play just about any style of music to his extensive musical upbringing and formal music education, the diversity of Greg’s musical experience includes orchestral music, musical theater, marching bands, jazz groups, and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll. A seasoned performer and former percussion instructor, Greg has an extensive background in Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Country Rock. In addition, his dedication to music education includes a long career teaching private lessons and working with several local area high school drum lines and percussion ensembles. Playing in Chicago The Tribute provides Greg with the opportunity to play the music of one of his all-time favorite bands.

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        ANDY DELAO | trombone

        trombone

        A native Californian, Andy has played trombone since the age of 10. While in Southern California, he was a regular member of the Very Special Jazz Band, the Quadrabones jazz trombone quartet, and the latin jazz group, Canela. Since relocating to the Sacramento area in 1987, Andy has toured Europe twice, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. He has also performed with the Ron Cunha All-Star Big Band, the Fred Morgan Big Band, and the salsa bands Saliente and Orquesta Afinque. Through his association with these groups, Andy has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many great musicians, including Steve Allen, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Joe Gilman, Steve Homan, Artie Shaw, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and Phil Woods.

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          JOE GOTCH | woodwinds

          WOODWINDS

          Joe was given his first saxophone at an early age, with family members serving as his early instructors. After expanding his interests to the clarinet, he received classical training and played with orchestras and symphonies throughout California. He also played with many jazz, Latin and rock bands in high school and college, and toured both domestically and internationally. While living in Nevada, he worked with numerous A-listers including Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Cher, Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis, Carole Channing, and Ann-Margaret. In addition, he has played with many rock 'n roll legends such as Bo Diddley, Four Tops, The Coasters, Kenny Rogers, Mary Wells, and Jr. Walker. Joe feels that his well-rounded experience playing diverse styles of music provides the ideal background for Chicago The Tribute. When asked about playing Chicago’s songs, he said, “They are a horn player’s dream – the perfect combination of jazz, soul, and rock, with great lines.”

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            BRIAN HACK | guitar

            GUITAR

            Brian brings to CTT the road chops of a veteran warrior. In the late ’70s. Brian became a founding member of the wildly popular “Ian Shelter” band. He left that band to go on the road as lead guitarist and lead vocalist at numerous prestigious venues within the Nevada Casino circuit and California hotel chains. Part of the impetus for Brian’s desire to play this classic Chicago music, with it’s strong horn instrumentation, was the numerous shows he played with both Jerry Martini, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and founder of Sly & The Family Stone, and John Smith, original member of the Edgar Winter Group and Toto. Brian is also an accomplished songwriter and seasoned studio musician, operating under BMI affiliation. He has completed five original recording projects with his group, “Madison Avenue.” Now that he is retired from a 30-year high-school teaching career, he has more time to work on a sixth recording project. Brian attributes his own personal motivation, love of guitar playing, and singing to his 30 years of being heavily influenced by his guitar hero and friend, blues guitarist Robben Ford.

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              DAVE METZKER | trumpet

              TRUMPET

              Dave began music lessons at the age of 5 and has been playing and writing music ever since. Although he now spends most of his time playing in jazz bands, he is classically trained and has played with such notable groups as the Henry Mancini Orchestra, the Sacramento Symphony, and the pit orchestra of Sacramento's Music Circus. Dave has enjoyed playing with the bands of Artie Shaw, Ray Anthony, Stan Mark, Les Elgart, Larry Elgart, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and has recorded with Louis Bellson, Peter Erskine, and Don Menza. In addition, he has played in backup bands for such prominent entertainers as Debbie Reynolds, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Joan Rivers, Diane Schuur, Ed Ames, Jerry Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Connie Stevens, Vic Damone, and the late, great Cab Calloway. Dave has also been an instructor of Jazz Studies at Sierra Jr. College and at the Sacramento Jazz Society's Trad Jazz Camp, in addition to providing private lessons.

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                TONY ODDO | bass

                BASS

                Tony’s long and varied musical journey began at age 8 with an introduction to music by his father, who was a professional musician and music educator. After learning to play the trumpet, Tony went on to study other brass instruments, the saxophone, piano, and bass guitar. He continued to hone his music skills in high school jazz bands, concert bands, combos, and choirs, eventually deciding to focus on the bass guitar and lead/background vocals. Despite pursuing dual degrees in Music and Business at San Jose State University, Tony made time to play in, and write for, numerous bands in the Bay Area. Among one of his memories from that time was opening for Greg Kihn while playing with the very successful Mark Stephens Band. After moving to Sacramento to pursue his teaching credential, Tony began playing with the renowned horn band, “On Air,” and is now excited to be playing the great music of Chicago, one of his all-time favorite musical groups. When Tony is not teaching, playing, or writing music, you might catch him doing DIY projects around the house, hiking, or looking for the next roller coaster to conquer.

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                  BARRY REYNOLDS | keyboards

                  KEYBOARD

                  Barry brings a rich background of experience to the CTT project. After years of playing in various cover bands, he had the opportunity to study piano at the prestigious Jazz Studies Program at USC. While in the Los Angeles area, Barry formed (became the leader of) the band, “RamFunkshus,” a wildly successful and multiple award-winning group specializing in corporate and wedding events. After moving to Auburn in 2011, he quickly found many musical outlets in which to showcase his talents, including performing with the popular group, “On Air,” which combines classic rock with powerful horns. The music of “Chicago” provides the perfect opportunity to incorporate elements of gospel, pop, rock, jazz and classical influences, and also gives Barry occasion to showcase his rich baritone/low-tenor voice. When not performing, Barry can be found spending time with his high-school sweetheart, two children, and two grandchildren.

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                    FRANK RIOS |Appears Occassionally

                    Frank appears with Chicago the TRIBUTE on occasion on vocals and percussion.

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