Band Bios:

Paul - Trumpet / Arranging

Paul Garrett - Paul is the arranger and lead trumpet player for the band.  His work on the 2009 album "Already Free" with the Derek Trucks Band earned him Grammy recognition for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2010.  He also appears on the Derek Trucks album "Roadsongs" recorded live in Chicago.  A freelance trumpet player in the Atlanta area for over 20 years, Paul is a fixture with Big Mike Geier's Elvis Royale Show and can be seen around town with the like's of Joe Gransden's Big Band and Tempest Little Big Band.  He knows how to get the job done and is on call as a sub for many other artists around the Southeast.  


Ian - Vocals / Party Motivation

Ian Michael Bruh - Ian has been proud to call Atlanta his home for almost 20 years, but he is originally from Brooklyn, NY where he attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (Fame).   He later graduated C.W. Post L.I.U. with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts (BFA).   As a classically trained vocalist, he uses his technique to deliver everything from the deep, smooth, and soulful sound of R&B, to the raw, guttural, and primal wail of Blues and Funk.  And watch out ladies when he hits that high and sexy falsetto!  Bumpin' the Mango is is the perfect vehicle to showcase his vocal chops.   A giant of a man with a warm and extroverted personality, he knows how to connect with an audience and draw them in.  Ian is the Ambassador of Funk!! 

He performs both locally and nationally, and you can also catch him around town with The American Flyers.  


Kevin - Trumpet

Kevin Lyons - Kevin Lyons has played with Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Peter Frampton, Johnny Mathis, Diana Krall, The Moody Blues, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Beach Boys, The Tommy Dorsey Band, Manhattan Steamroller, and The New York Voices,  just to name of few!   He also plays with Joe Gransden's Big Band and can be heard in several venues and Symphony Orchestras around the State of Georgia.  Kevin lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a freelance musician but originally hails from Clinton, Mississippi.  Mr. Lyons was interested in jazz and classical music from a very early age.  He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received his bachelor's degree in music performance.  While there, he was awarded the Bernard Aldestein Award in trumpet.  After conservatory life, he spent two years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.


Tom - Trombone & Haiku's

Tom GibsonDr. Tom Gibson is one of the most active Brass performers and teachers in the country.  Lately, he has been seen and heard with the Zac Brown Band, and can be seen on the platinum-selling DVD "Pass the Jar".  He performs in almost every genre imaginable, including orchestral, jazz, rock, fusion, pop, salsa.  The Atlanta Symphony, Ballet, and Opera Orchestras, The Neons, Joe Gransden Big Band, The Atlanta Pops, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, shows at The Fabulous Fox, Like a Locomotive, Bumpin' the Mango, and Coy Bowles Fellowship are just a few of the ensembles he frequents.  He has also played with Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Holiday, Sara McLaughlin, Kid Rock, Spoon, James Taylor, Wynona, Wayne Newton, Dolly Parton, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Mathis, Clark Terry, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Temptations, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow... 

Tom Gibson moved to Atlanta in 2000, after having served for 6 years in the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. With that ensemble, he was a featured soloist on two national tours and performed regularly at The White House, and The Pentagon.

 Dr. Gibson also loves to teach, and he is an Artist in Residence at both Kennesaw State University and Mercer University He has performed solo recitals, concerts, master classes, and clinics around the world. He enjoys a triple threat career as a Trombonist, Conductor, and teacher/coach.  Dr. Gibson is a Performing Artist for the Eastman Corporation and proudly performs on his Shires Trombone. His degrees are from University of Michigan (B.M.), University of Northern Colorado (M.M.), and The Catholic University of America (D.M.A.).  He lives in Powder Springs with his wife, Katlyn, and two adorable children, Bryce and Ella.

 


John - Tenor Saxophone

John Sandfort - John's musical development includes time in Chicago.  The music of the “Windy City” natives Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin gave significant influence.  Add the sounds of Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt and Wardell Gray to arrive at Sandfort’s classic yet personal sound. John is a Hot Shoe Record artist and has just released the critically acclaimed album, "Southbound". In addition to Bumpin' The Mango, John is very active playing with other artists in town, including Joe Gransden.


Gary - Bari Saxophone

Gary Paulo - Gary is a graduate of Indiana University where he received a BMus. in classical saxophone performance while studying with saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. When he returned home in 2001 he was in high demand as a teacher and performer in the Atlanta area. He has worked teaching clinics and master classes at many of the wonderful school band programs in the metro Atlanta area and is currently on staff with the Lassiter High School Band program, teaching marching and winds. Since 2010 he has been the Saxophone professor (Artist Affiliate) at Emory University and was also the adjunct saxophone instructor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham during the 2004-2005 school year. Gary has performed for many great audiences with national touring acts, spanning many genres of music. His performance credits include The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, The Temptations, and Perpetual Groove. In addition, he plays with wonderful local ensembles in the Atlanta area including "the horn band of Atlanta - Bumpin' the Mango", Under the Porch and the Cobb Wind Symphony. In 2008, he completed a Masters in Music Performance from Georgia State University.


Tony - Keyboards, Vocals, G-Factor

Tony Giordano - Even in a city like Atlanta, GA where tons of talent can be heard at every turn, one phrase still commonly mentioned is "it's tough to find good keyboards." Tony Giordano has worked tirelessly for years to achieve that kind of "good keyboard" style. During many shows and appearances on albums, he has earned accolades that include being called "one of the best key men in the country." Now, he is taking that reputation and showcasing it with us and boy, are we glad to have him! The original G-Factor; no one plays like Tony G. !


Gary - Bass, Vocals

Gary Land - A graduate of Jacksonville State University in Alabama, he has been a long-time fixture in the Atlanta area. Gary is one of the most versatile players in the group. Besides being an accomplished bass player, there have been sightings of him playing cornet, alto horn as well as baritone with various brass groups in the area. Gary can also be heard playing Chromatic Harmonica on many episodes of "In The Heat Of The Night" . He was the leader of his own band, The Gary Land Band, featuring Maria Howell.


Frank - Guitar, Vocals

Frank Lisco - Frank broke on to the Atlanta music scene 5 years ago. Frank is a professional musician and splits his days between teaching guitar and bass and gigging with many different Atlanta musicians. Originally from New York, Frank studied classical and Jazz guitar at Fredonia State University in upstate NY. He also has a music performance degree from the Atlanta Institute of Music. Besides Playing in many bands including Bumpin' The Mango, Frank is also a singer/songwriter and has his own rock trio which plays around the Atlanta area. For more info on Frank please visit www.reverbnation.com/franklisco and check out some of his original music.


Geoff - Drums

Geoff Gill - Our drummer, Geoff is a player and teacher with 20+ years of experience in the Atlanta area. Before Atlanta, Geoff taught and played professionally in Miami where he received a Bachelor of Music in Studio & Jazz Performance at the University of Miami. His playing highlights in Miami included Zakk Wylde, Jon Secada, Hiram Bullock, Duffy Jackson and Arturo Sandoval. In addition to Bumpin' The Mango, he also plays with other vocal, jazz & big horn bands all around Atlanta.