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New York's Premiere Band

Based in Albany NY, the TS Ensemble is a high energy eight piece musical group performing weddings, corporate functions, galas, parties, special events and clubs for over 25 years!

We feature male and female vocalists, trumpet, sax, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. The TS Ensemble caters to music from Sinatra to today's latest dance hits!

We welcome the opportunity to create a time to remember…

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Al Santoro (Vocals, MC, Drums)

Al Santoro was born in Schenectady, N.Y. and has been playing professionally for over 20 years.

Al started his musical career as a principal percussionist with The Empire State Youth Orchestra, appearing with The Philadelphia Orchestra and performing for President Reagan as well as at national shows throughout the country.
He studied with Don Bush, Principal Percussionist with The Pittsburgh Symphony and later had the opportunity to study with singer Al Jarreau, one of his early heroes.
Al has played and sang with many of the top players in the area, including Leo Russo, Sal Maida, John Menegon, Ian Macdonald and Rick Delaratta and also had the opportunity to play with The Drifters.

A cofounder of the TS Ensemble in 1980, Al is a peerless entertainer. Whether its from behind the drums or out in front of the band, his energy and unique vocal stylings help make The TS Ensemble one of the most sought after acts in the Northeast.

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Terry Haddad-Santoro (Vocals)

Terry has been performing professionally for 11 years. She started dancing at age 5 and singing at age 13. Her credits include: performing at Paramount Kings's Dominion, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Holland America Cruise lines, Woodloch Pines Resort, Pocmont Resort, Villaroma Resort, the national tour for Scholastic's "The Magic School Bus", as well as opening for Tony Orlando. Terry also had the opportunity of performing her own show in the Poconos.

Terry's powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence add a special dimension to the band and truly make for an entertaining show.

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John Snyder (Guitar)

John Snyder – Born in Albany, NY – has been performing professionally for 20 years. A graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), Hollywood, CA. John has also attended the National Guitar Workshop where he studied music theory and composition. While attending GIT John studied and performed with some of the top musicians in the country. He also spent time at Capitol Records and A&M Records.

John Snyder has performed as a member of many area rock and pop groups. He has spent time as a member of EDEN, Time At Last, Seeds of Society, and Prolonged Exposure. He has performed and recorded with local singer/songwriter Denise Culhane for her debut CD "Garden Party."

In addition to performing, John is also a private instructor and has been teaching in upstate NY for over 15 years.

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Dave Grant (Bass)

Dave began playing bass at age 15 as a member of the Linton High School Stage Band.

He has performed with area bands such as The Hands of Time, OZ and also in the "Paul Hunt as Little Elvis/Traces of Time" stage show where met and developed a lasting friendship with band mate Roger Rose.

A member of the band since 1986, Dave supplies the low end foundation along with his gritty rock and roll vocals.

 

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John Profetta (Keyboards, Vocals)

John Profeta was born on Long Island, a child of the Late '50's. John has playing keyboards, guitar, bass and drums professionally for over 25 years.

As a member of The Chaperones,(Cruise To The Moon) and The Passions,(Just To Be With You,Gloria) he shared the stage with Chubby Checker, Tommy James, Looking Glass, Melissa Manchester, The Platters, Danny & The Juniors, Ben E. King, Sam the Sham and many more.
Regionally he has been a member of The Dukes, Miranda James' Steel Blue, Paula Frasier & Montana and Livewire where he has appeared along side The Charlie Daniels Band, Tom Wopat, Sawyer Brown and others.
John is the owner of Silver Streak Studio, a 24 track recording studio in Clifton Park, NY.He's recorded with Relentless Nashville artist Valerie DeLaCruz and played with Corley Roberts on the soundtrack to "Murph's Law and Judgement Time", a 2001 Fountainhead Pictures film.

A member since 2002, John is happy to showcase his musical and recording talents playing keboards(and occasional drums), and producing upstate's premier band, The TS Ensemble.

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Ken Parmele (Tenor and Alto Saxophone)

Ken grew up on Long Island and attended Hartwick College where he received a BA in Music.

After graduating he performed with many of the leading jazz and r&b acts in central New York State. Since moving to the Capital District in 1989 he has become one of the most sought after players in the area. His credits include:David Ward, John Hilton, Kerry DeNigris, Diane Marlowe, Sal Maida and The Refrigerators.
Known for his versatility on both tenor and alto saxophones, Ken was a prominent member and featured soloist with long time area favorite Plus 24 and local R&B stalwart Larry Lewis, sharing the stage with many national acts including The Spinners, Buster Poindexter and Jerry Lee Lewis.

As an arranger, Kenny is a welcome addition to The TS Ensemble and his always inspired solos have made The TS Horns hotter than ever.

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Tino Santoro (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals)

Tino Santoro was born in Schenectady N.Y. and has been performing, professionally for over 25 years.

Regionally he has been a member of Grand Central Station, Steve E. King, The Refrigerators and The TS Ensemble. He has shared the stage with The Average White Band, David Cassidy, Color Me Bad, C&C Music Factory, N-Sync, Inner Circle, 98 Degrees, The Baha Men, George Clinton, P-Funk, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, The Charlie Daniels Band, KC & The Sunshine Band and The Gap Band.

Tino brings his own individual sound to The TS Ensemble. Along with his distinctive trumpet sound, the band is always happy to showcase his considerable talents as a vocalist.

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Jesse Sherwood (Drums, Percussion)

Jesse Sherwood has been playing professionally for 15 years.

He has studied with greats such as Peter White, Mike Iula, Eric Binder and Mike Speziali. He has played with these fine bands – Five O'Clock Charlie, Jericho Joe, Frankies Theory, Catchfire and Supercharger. Jesse has shared the stage with these great National Acts – Attic of Love, Bebe Lestrange, Diego Eden, Seven Stories Falling. He is inspired by these great drummers – Dennis Chambers, Keith Carlock, Danny Carey, Morgan Rose, John Bohnam and Stewert Copeland.

Jesse Sherwood brings his solid playing and time to the TSE stage. The TSE Band welcomes Jesse to the stage…



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Our Respected Clients Include

    Educational Institutions
  • New York Botanical Gardens, NYC
  • Hudson Valley Community Collge (Troy, NY)
  • St. Rose College (Albany, NY)
  • Siena College (Latham, NY)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
    Corporations/Businesses
  • Jim Anderson – Agent – 518-274-0316
  • ATLAS CAPCO
  • Albany International (Albany, NY)
  • Ballston Spa National Bank
  • Carter & Conway – Attorneys of Law
  • Ed Louie Associates (Clifton Park, NY)
  • Executive Success Program
  • Experience Creative Design LTD.
  • General Electric Power Systems (Schenectady and Atlanta, GA)
  • GE Financial Serivces (Schenectady, NY)
  • Price Chopper Corporation
  • WNYT – News Channel 13
  • Simply Elegant – Watervliet , NY
  • Tony Cee Associates (Agent)
    Organizations and Associations
  • Americade 2007
  • American Cancer Society (Albany, NY)
  • American Heart Association (Albany, NY)
  • American Institute of Floral Design (NYC)
  • American Red Cross
  • Center for the Disabled (Albany, NY)
  • City of Albany (Special events)
  • City of of Saratoga
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • ENYCAR (Albany, NY)
  • NYSERDA
  • NYS Teachers Union
  • Saratoga County Clerks Office
  • St. Peters Hospital (Albany, NY)
    Special Venues
  • Altamont Fair (Altamont, NY)
  • Captian JP Cruises (Troy, NY)
  • Horse Shoe Inn (Saratoga, NY)
  • Long Wharf Marriott (Boston, MA)
  • Siro's (Saratoga, NY)
  • St. Clements Castle (CT.)
  • STRIDE
  • Washington Armory (Albany, NY)