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Donna-Lee DePrille Band

 DONNA-LEE DEPRILLE




     Hailed as one of the best vocalists in New England, Donna-Lee DePrille has been a fan favorite since the nineteen eighties.  She has appeared with some of the areas best cover bands, performing everything from Janis Joplin to Ave Maria.  Donna-Lee also composes and performs her own material.

     In January 1982, she began a four year musical partnership with the members of SASS, a powerful 6 piece cover band.  In January of 1986, Donna-Lee joined the touring band LE HOTT.  They packed 'em in from Maine to New York!

     From December 1986 to October 2001, Donna-Lee was the lead vocalist in the highly successful rock band ,SYREN.  They were a seven to eight piece rock/dance band who played thousands of gigs throughout New England.  She sang, danced, played percussion and alto saxophone on a wide variety of rock, pop, soul and rhythm and blues tunes.  In addition to performing with SYREN, Donna-Lee joined THE O-TONES, a popular swing/Motown dance band.  She still appears with THE O-TONES, playing hand percussion and singing close three part harmony.

      After 15 years with SYREN, Donna-Lee became the primary backing vocalist and hand percussionist for the popular Neil Diamond tribute band, THE DIAMOND COLLECTION.

      In the summer of 2008, Donna-Lee in collaboration with five other talented musicians created " THE DONNA-LEE DEPRILLE BAND".

      In October 2009, Donna-Lee appeared at The Club @ Foxwoods as a contestant on the Emmy award winning television show COMMUNITY AUDITIONS.  On the strength of that performance, she was asked to participate in the 2009 Finals of COMMUNITY AUDITIONS.  On Saturday, December 6, 2009, Donna-Lee performed on the main stage of the MGM GRAND THEATER @ FOXWOODS.

     In January 2010, Donna-Lee was invited to be a Celebrity judge and performer at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston for DEBRA CROSBY'S QUEST FOR TALENT SHOW with MAMADOU.  She has since appeared three times @ The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.  Donna-Lee is presently at work on her first CD of original material.


                MEMBERS OF THE DONNA-LEE DEPRILLE BAND


                                    DON AVEZZIE - DRUMS AND ALL THINGS PERCUSSION


     The engine behind the band is drummer extraordinaire Don Avezzie.  He has been Donna-Lee's drummer for the past 30 years and is still the best around.  He also found time to accompany several other bands in the New England area.  A short list of bands Don has propelled include:  CHARISMA, THUNDERBOLT, SASS, SYREN, THE DIAMOND COLLECTION, SOLOTURN, STRANGE BREW, BETR WITHOUT, and of course, THE DONNA-LEE DE PRILLE BAND.

 
                                   DAVE BOUDAH - LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITAR, VOCALS


      Dave began playing guitar in local halls at the age of 9. He went on to play with numerous high school rock bands in the late 70's.  He attended Berkeley College of Music before going on the road with bassist Mike Manning.  After touring the country for awhile, Dave returned to Connecticut to play in various bands. Two of the most notable are STREET TEMPERATURE and THE SHABOO ALL STARS.  Dave also worked with guitar shredder Tony Mac Alpine, and studied guitar with guitarist John Scofield.  He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from RPI and joined THE DONNA-LEE DEPRILLE BAND in April 2011.


                                                             RON CUMMINGS - BASS


      A native of New York City, Ron has played many different styles of music, from rock to reggae.   A creative and accomplished professional, Ron has appeared locally with REGGAE VISION, THE JENNIFER GREER BAND, STRANGE BREW, SOLOTURN, BAIRD SOULS AND THE DONNA-LEE DEPRILLE BAND.


                                TONY SMIGIEL - KEYBOARDS, SYNTHESIZER, VOCALS


      Tony is a talented, longtime New England musician who plays guitar, bass, keyboards and synthesizer. Tony has appeared with many area favorites including THE THREAT, ONE WAY, GRATITUDE, MILLENNIUM, BABY MORRISON, JOVI, THE DIAMOND COLLECTION and THE DONNA-LEE DEPRILLE BAND.



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