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.
We will miss Matt, one of our founding members, rocking out with us every performance but think it's really rad that even though he is relocating, he will be back every so often to guest. With Love, S80T
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.