Rachel - Vocals (lead/Harmonies), Tambourine, & Shakers
Rachel Menconi was singing at the Hoboken Train Station when a businessman
stopped to listen to her on his way home from work. While packing up her gear, Rachel got a text from that same man (Jimmy). His band was looking for a female singer & he invited her to perform a song at their next gig that same week. After coming to one rehearsal, she was asked to join & the rest is history! Rachel thinks it's really rad to be in such a bodacious band! Rachel is a SAG-AFTRA singer-actor, Grammy Award member, & has been performing & training since the age of 2. She is a recording artist (Bond Of Love on itunes), writer, singing & acting technique teacher (all ages), director, & is the owner of a production company called Sunshine Face Productions. Check out this vocal powerhouse!
Ross - Vocals (Lead/Harmonies), HARMONICA, & Rhythm Guitar
Ross Sandler loves the music of the '80s & thinks it's awesome that he is able to live out one of his dreams of singing these iconic songs! With a vocal range like Bon Jovi, a grittiness like Tom Petty, & a soulfulness like James Brown, he loves pushing his falsetto to soaring heights & spitting out lyrics to any '80s rap song. Ross is also a songwriter & has toured throughout the east coast with his original project, The Love Network & has performed solo through out the west coast. He holds a B.F.A. in modern dance & choreography from Ohio University. Ross looks forward to showing all sides of his personality in every Say 80Thing performance.
Tony - Drums
Tony D'Alessandro is a fixture in the North Jersey club circuit having been in many bands over the years. He is a seasoned veteran of pop, rock, grunge, & metal. Tony has shared the stage with members of The Rusty Paul Band, Danzig, Trixter, Firehouse, & Overkill to name a few. He was also the opening act for Gilby Clark of Guns & Roses, Molly Hatchet, & numerous nationally touring tribute acts. As a self-taught student of the craft & a true professional, Tony is performance-driven. To him, it’s always about “the beat”. Come check out his sick skills!
John Henderson loves to play the bass!! He has been in numerous cover bands for decades & enjoys many different genres. Known as "Mr. Professor" in rehearsal, John is a true professional & rounds out the sound with his wicked bass lines! John feels having a female & male singer allows the band to play just about anything! Come see "The John Henderson Experience" with Say 80Thing! You won’t be disappointed!!
John - Bass
Jimmy - Lead Guitar
Jimmy D'Antonio has been playing guitar since...well a long time. At the age of 13, his styles included rock, punk, & new wave. To Jimmy, live music was all about the watts, distortion, & stacks of amplifiers ringing in your head. At the age of 15, Jimmy studied jazz theory, fusion jazz, & classical guitar while still playing New Wave music with his band Cheap Thrills. Jimmy, as a long-haired scraggly punk, would often go to jazz clubs like Cliffside Park's Far And Away to learn by watching the masters & mimic what he saw them do. Today, Jimmy enjoys playing the one-hit wonders of the '80s, which is a lot more fun!
Johne - Keyboard, Harmony Vocals, & Rhythm Guitar
Johne Plass has always had an ear for music. With an emphasis on keyboards & guitar, even before his beard was a mustache, he was teaching himself to play a variety of instruments. Like most hip & kewl dudes, his hero is Beethoven, but he also has an affinity for ’80s, Electronic & Metal. He has been shaped by his experiences in numerous bands, even sharing the stage with Motorhead & Overkill. Johne is a complex guy who has an open mind with a passion for playing & creating music.
Matt - Vocals, SAX, HARMONICA, & Rhythm Guitar (former member)
Matt Schiering has been playing & making music since his parents bought him his first guitar at the age of nine. He started voice lessons year later, & eventually picked up the saxophone as well as the harmonica. A proud nerd, he spent his formative years obsessing over '80s music & movies. His influences include Queen, Rush, Billy Joel, Journey, & John Mellencamp.
NEIL - Trumpet
Neil Morris first picked up the trumpet at age 11 & trumpeted his way throughout high school. He performed in every school band (Marching, Jazz, Concert) & school orchestra he could, making him the ultimate “music man”. He continued playing in college & in the years that followed, Neil honed his trumpeting skills playing in his family‘s basement. All that changed when he was asked to perform at a Say 80Thing gig...the "music man" in Neil was reborn.