Before being recruited by Tony Restaino to join Generations in 2007, Tony knocked around in local bands since the late eighties through the early 2000's. He recorded numerous CD's with his various bands and guest appeared on some other recordings as well. Also, he spent some time producing bands and got to do a little session work on indie films.
Tony V. played in original bands of many styles ranging from punk, blues, rock, alternative, metal and even a rap rock band. But now finds his home here in Generations.
'My goal was to learn to play Johnny B. Goode,' recalled Generations founder Rob Noonan when he first picked up the guitar in 1985. 'It's the ultimate rock and roll guitar song. Everything else I've learned to play since has been gravy.'
Playing with anyone and everyone in the late 1980's, Noonan is often teased as the human jukebox for knowing portions of hundreds of songs from the 60?s, 70?s and 80?s. 'I'd probably have one good long party song if I ever put all the pieces of what I know together,' he joked.
Keeping a band like Generations running has become a labor of love. 'This band is just like a classic car in that it needs tinkering, tweaking and tuning to keep going and the rust away,' he concluded. 'There's usually a point in the night when the band is firing on all cylinders and the audience is getting into it and having a good time. It's really magical when it gets there. That's what makes all the effort worthwhile.'
Trombone, Keyboard, Keytar
A native of Wheaton, IL, Matt Dzugan started playing the trombone at the age of 11, following the brass tradition of his father Mike. Since then he has picked up piano and a few other instruments. During high school, he also began composing all styles of music. Matt's background in classical, jazz, and rock and roll have shaped him into the musician he is now. Matt manages to take a few music courses each year, but most of his coursework is related to his major. He is currently studying Electrical Engineering at Northwestern University where he is pursuing his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. After school, Matt hopes to enter into the telecommunications industry. Outside of school and music Matt is a fan of Lost and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
After having been in middle school and high school chorus and winning several solo competitions, Lori put her singing career on the back burner. College, a job, husband and kids have happened since, with some karaoke, band cameos, and wedding singing in between.
'I enjoy all types of music from rock, pop, country, R&B, and there's even a bit of gospel singing in my lineage.
'Now I'm living every soccer Mom?s dream since joining Generations in the fall of 2009, singing with a great bunch of very talented musicians.
Plus, the band needed a feminine touch!'
Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
Jon was the first horn player to officially join the band, marking the advent of the horn section to Generations.
Jon has been playing saxophone for nearly ten years, with experience in jazz, pop, and classical performance, and has been with the band since its formation in Fall 2007.
During the school year, Jon studies computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but plays with Generations during the summer, on breaks, and periodically throughout the year.
Tony started playing drums at the age of 15. After only 6 month of lessons he began playing drums publicly in the wedding band 'The Echoes of Tyme'. By that time the wedding band was well established thanks his my older brothers, and they performed often. He wasn't very good, but over time he improved. The wedding band was the brain child of his father's with the intent for his sons to earn money for college. And it did just that for Tony and his brothers. Once Tony finished college, the band was dissolved. At that time, DJs were becomming more popular, and we were playing less often.
Tony always enjoyed playing in a band, so when he was invited to play with Rob Noonan and other neighbors to play for what is now Generations, he eagerly said yes. Tony is married and has 4 wonderful children. His oldest son also plays in the band, along with his older brother. To pay the bills, Tony works as a software developer in the telecommunications industry.
Mike began playing trumpet in 4th grade and continued playing until age 20 while studying privately under four different trumpet professionals. After much success during high school, Mike was offer a position in a disco/rock band that was heading off on a four month tour of the Midwest. After some soul searching, he decided to go to college instead and study political science rather than music.
After about 25 years of not playing, Mike was encouraged by his kids ?to pick it up again? and play with them at church. Mike loves the opportunity Generations offers to play along side his son Matt and getting the audience excited about a rock and roll/blues brass section.
Mark Restaino is a junior at Olivet Nazarene University. He has been playing trumpet since 5th grade. In high school, he was a member of the marching band at Wheaton Warrenville South. This group won the state championship and placed in several regional competitions over his four years. He continues to play the trumpet and has been practicing his vocals. In the future, he hopes to learn how to play the guitar. Mark really enjoys playing in Generations with his dad and uncle.
Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Lens claim to fame in the late 70's was that one of his rock and roll bands he was in shared a stage in a battle of the bands with a band called TW4 at the time. They took first place and his band finished second. That band changed their name a few years later and was more popularly known as Styx. He was the traditional 'Wedding Singer' through the 80's. Making his way through college in a wedding band with his brothers in the late 70's early 80's, he gave it up to raise his family. He kept all of his original equipment, as you can see him sporting his red vintage Gibson 335 he purchased in 1975. After giving it up for almost 20 years Brother Tony (on drums), convinced him to kick the dust off and sit in and he was hooked.
Surprisingly enough he brought back many of the old classic rock and roll and blues tunes played by Generations. He claims his biggest thrill however is when we take one of those old classics and make it ours. That is 'when we put our own arrangement and style to it and give it our signature' he comments.
Len is basically a self taught musician and he just recently picked up the harmonica which was a welcome addition for the blues.
He admits he is very fortunate and excited to be in a band with so many talented musicians which really help him sound good.
Born and raised in Wheaton, Charles started music in 3rd grade studying piano. At age 10, he took up the alto sax, and soon after moved to bari sax. In middle and high school, Charles began to pick up other instruments including the guitar. He sat in with Generations in Spring of 2009, and joined the band soon after. Charles is currently a senior at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, and is involved in band programs such as the award winning showchoir combo, wind ensemble, and jazz band. He has listened to and played all sorts of music, from classical to blues and rock and roll. After high school he hopes to study music in college. In his spare time, Charles likes to play music, watch South Park, and hang out with friends.