Meet the Band Members of Beginnings – The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band.
Mason Swearingen (Bass, Lead Vocals)
Mason Swearingen is a professional musician from Hendersonville, NC, who now resides in Kew Gardens, NY. He is the lead singer, bass player and front man for the much heralded CHICAGO tribute band, Beginnings. Mason studied with renowned voice teachers Marty and Don Lawrence in New York City, and as a member of the Eric Stuart Band worked with such names as Peter Frampton & John Regan and spent years touring in support of Peter Frampton, John Entwistle, Joe Walsh, Dave Mason and many more, including a few shows with CHICAGO themselves. He is a dynamic performer who engages the audience and his personality shines as bright as his smile during performances.
Johnny Roggio (Guitar, Vocals)
Johnny Roggio is a professional guitarist, singer and recording artist from Secaucus, NJ. He has been performing onstage for most of his life, touring both nationally and internationally with numerous highly acclaimed original artists and tribute bands.
As the lead guitarist for Beginnings, he mesmerizes fans with his guitar skills, infectious smile and energetic style… It’s the perfect formula for a show stopping performance. It’s those masterful performances that landed him the role as one of the guitarists in the Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages!
Scott Chasolen (Keys, Vocals)
Scott is a top-class pianist and keyboardist. He is a professional session musician, songwriter, producer and founding member of the NYC instrumental jazz/funk band ulu. Scott has also written and produced his own critically acclaimed original albums and is a full-time member of the world famous Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine.
Chris Milillo (Drums, Vocals)
Hailing from the Bronx, NY, Chris is a professional drummer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, as well as a music educator. He is the owner of a private music school in Brewster, NY, and also writes, records, and produces original music for his company, “Funk Factor Music”. During his career, Chris has performed internationally in support of such artists as Stone Temple Pilots, The B52’s, KC and the Sunshine Band and The Brian Setzer Orchestra just to name a few. His recorded work has appeared on “The Late, Late Show” on CBS and the nation’s airwaves.
Chris brings a well-rounded and dynamic approach to the drums. His impeccable time and deep pocket provide a solid foundation, while his fiery chops are always at the ready for when it’s time to take things to the next level.
Adam Seely (Tenor, Alto & Soprano Saxophones)
Adam is a much sought-after composer, horn section arranger and saxophonist in the New York area. Adam’s musical influences include Charlie Parker, Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power) and Billy Joel. He graduated with a degree in music from Hofstra University, studying under legendary jazz pianist Dave Lalama. Soon after, he co-founded the Long Island-based funk and soul band Funky in the Middle where he arranged and compiled an extensive “Funk Fake Book” consisting of well over 200 horn section based classics. Adam has arranged for and performed with Gary Setzer’s King Cadillac, Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot (Billy Joel band member and tribute artist), Nine Days, Spyro Gyra, Will Lee, Denny Laine, and American Idol finalist and Tony Award Nominated performer, Constantine Maroulis. He has also worked with tribute artists Stealin’ Dan (Steely Dan tribute), Captain Jack (Billy Joel & Elton John tribute) and One Hot Night (Neil Diamond Tribute) and Desert Highway (Eagles tribute). He also leads special horn section performances with 45rpm, (Voted Long Island’s Best Cover Band)
Doug Woolverton (Trumpet)
Professional trumpeter, Doug Woolverton, has been cultivating his smooth, soulful, yet energetic trumpet sound for audiences around the world becoming one of the most in demand, versatile trumpeters of his generation. His sound, style, and beautiful tone have led Doug to his full-time career performing over 280 shows around the world each year. He’s in high demand! He has performed/recorded with: Aretha Franklin, Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, John Scofield, Roomful of Blues, They Might Be Giants, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Purdie, Delbert McClinton, Victor Wainwright, Shemekia Copeland, Samantha Fish, James Cotton, Tab Benoit, J. Geils, Johnny Vidacovich, John Herrington, Duke Robillard and many others. Check out Doug’s web site for more info, www.dougwoolverton.com.
Dan Hendrix (Trombone)
Dan Hendrix is a professional musician, arranger and producer from Agawam, MA. He received his degree in studio music and jazz performance from the University of Miami, with a focus on arranging, production, and music business. He has performed with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, while also performing with many of the country’s finest tribute acts and big bands. He currently owns and operates a music entertainment company as well as a recording studio where he also teaches. Dan brings a great energy to Beginnings and works diligently to pay tribute to the music of CHICAGO and the playing of one of the finest trombone players in the music business, Mr. James Pankow!