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 35 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…
Al Santoro was born in Schenectady, N.Y. and has been playing professionally for over 36 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 sung 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 Liberty DeVitto, Eddie Gomez and The Drifters.
A cofounder of the TS Ensemble in 1980, Al is a peerless entertainer. Whether it’s 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.
Terry has been performing professionally for 28 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.
Bruce has been playing professionally for 40years. Bruce was a product of the Troy N.Y. music scene. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. He went on the road with various high level show bands. For many years Bruce worked with a talent agency known for generating the biggest book of business for the given genre of hotel/club work, Miles Bell and Limelighters out of Nashville Tenn. Bruce was fortunate enough to meet numerous talented artists while traveling on the road such as Sammy Hagar, Bob James, and the iconic Ella Fitzgerald.
After many years of travel he settled in Saratoga N.Y. Bruce taught private lessons at the Only Guitar Shop in Clifton Park N.Y. for 15 years teaching hundreds of students young and old. He recently played with Grand Central Station for the past 18 years.
Bruce continues to teach - holding a Masters Degree in Music and teaching elementary music in Amsterdam N.Y.
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.
Kevin has been playing piano since he was only 5 years old. A native of Schenectady and graduate of Schenectady High School’s John Sayles School of Fine Arts in 2010, In that short time, he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with names such as Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chris Vadala, and Leo Russo, in addition to appearing at the Kennedy Center with a select high school band. He has also appeared with local names such as the Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble, Joey Thomas Big Band, Stockade Kids, and Drew and the Grand Spectacular. Kevin attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he nurtured a talent for songwriting, and for composition while studying with Dr. Sean McClowry and Dr. Evan Mack, respectively. In 2012, Kevin won a college-wide composition contest for his piece “Rhapsody for Orchestra” and had it performed live. During his senior year of college, Kevin composed pieces for the Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Jazz Ensemble. He also performed in the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Band, an all star group composed of students from up and down the East Coast. Kevin has studied piano with local legends Dave Gleason and Cliff Brucker. Apart from providing keyboards and custom synths for TS Ensemble, Kevin is still an avid composer and songwriter in many genres, as well as a burgeoning producer and multi-instrumentalist. We welcome Kevin to the TSE Stage..
Lee resides in Albany, NY. He has been playing professionally in New York’s capital region for 25 years.
Lee studied music as a saxophone/education major at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Right after graduating Lee began teaching lessons, band and jazz ensemble in the public school system. Aside from leading his own trio/quartet Lee has also performed with local bands including the Joe Barna Trio/Quartet, The Empire Jazz Orchestra, Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble, Mike Benedict Jazz Vibes and Bopitude, the Jon Leroy Trio, the Pete Sweeney Quartet, Teresa Broadwell's Thrivin' on a Riff and the Mike Benedict/Phil Allen big band. Lee has had the great fortune of being on stage with some jazz legends including Randy Brecker, Nick Brignola, Slide Hampton, Ralph Lalama and Jerry Weldon.
Lee has released two CD's as a band leader. "Trading Off" (2006) and "The Abenaki" (2007).
Tino Santoro was born in Schenectady N.Y. and has been performing, professionally for over 40 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.
Larry began playing professionally at the age of 16. He was on the road playing with top forty show bands at age 19. He spent many years in Dallas TX playing with Louie Prima's guitar player - Floyd Dagel and became the house band at the Registry Hotel. Here he enjoyed moments playing with Lou Rawls, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Dean, Larry Mahan. Dallas allowed for him to gain invaluable studio recording experience playing and singing for a jingle recording company. Larry's ability to play all styles and sing an extended vocal range brought many opportunities to his career. He then moved to Austin, TX which allowed him to tour with Dottie West.
Larry’s recent history for 25 years was playing in a local wedding band called Capri. The band did many shows, corporates and weddings locally and in parts of the Catskills, Green Lake Resort, and the Lake George region. TSE is excited about Larry’s solid funky playing.