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"Gary and the entire Studio E Band were so amazing at our wedding. I can't tell you how many people commented about them during the evening and for weeks to come. Everyone was on the dance floor the entire night. Gary's voice is amazing and his range is incredible. And the band is full of incredible performers. We had a ton of specific song requests leading up to our special night and they learned everything with ease. It's safe to say that Ellen and I were extremely happy that they were our wedding band."

 

Benjy Grinberg

President/ Rostrum Records

 

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One of the top variety bands in the country! So unique with their fabulous vocals...a produced, polished band, sophisticated yet kicky! They perform the songs “like the records”! Not their own interpretation!

 

Led by Gary Racan, former lead singer of a group that had 14 charted hits and traveled the world performing at major concerts. With a vocal range of 4 octaves, you will never hear a better voice live.

Gary Racan, Producer/Leader/Vocalist

Gary’s supporting cast includes:

Bill Hartung

Billy starred in Footloose on Broadway, was in the movie Chicago, has performed at the Academy Awards... AND has been with Studio e for 10 years!

His entertainment meter is off-the-charts!

Kimberly Racan
Kim has traveled the country in a program dedicatedto music and dance. She’s our quarterback...keeping the party moving and works with all of our clients to make sure every detail is covered.

Bill Hartung

Kimberly Racan, Vocalist

Julia Watson

Her sweet vocals and endless energy only enhance this fabulous group.

Babe WIlson

Our Motown voice!

Julia, Vocalist

Babe Wilson, Vocalist

Maria Mauti

Our soprano female lead who can hit those Mariah Carey notes with eaze!!!!

  (and Whitney's... and Celine's.....)

Maria, Vocalist

The studio-e band includes” Craig Davis (keys), Mark Smith (drums), Barry Lebin (bass), John Borrelli (guitar and vocals), Shaun Bell (trumpet)  Bill Holt (sax), and Herbert Hill (trombone).

 

We produce and learn your songs. You do not pick from a songlist. This band’s client list is a Who’s Who nationally! Every event, wedding or party is always the talk of the town.



Celebrity Wedding Venue

 

WIZ KHALIFA |  July 2013

Gary Racan & the Studio e Band were honored to have played at Wiz Khalifa's wedding. Wiz is a major icon in the music industry and truly appreciates fabulous music! He looked at many bands before choosing Gary & the Studio e Band to perform at his wedding reception.

Movie Premiere Entertainment

 

WE ARE MARSHALL |  December 2006

Gary Racan & the Studio e Band were honored to be the entertainment for Warner Brothers movie premiere WE ARE MARSHALL starring MathewMcConehey and mathew Fox! It was a fabulous event produced by the amazing David Dodd/EventsProductionLLC.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...

 

RANDY AND CARRIE LEE, NEW YORK, NY

I'm from NYC and my wife and I considered the band/DJ as the most important part of the wedding since we felt that the music makes or breaks the party. We interviewed a number of bands from NYC, jersey shore, Pittsburgh and DC and decided on Studio-E. Everybody that had seen Studio-E raved about them and they exceeded our highest expectations. Some positives are that they don't take a break thr...ough your event and they are very easy to work with. They also met us in NYC for drinks/dinner to talk about the type of wedding we wanted and the atmosphere we were trying to create. We asked them to learn a new pop song the night before the wedding, thinking that it would be a long shot for them to do so, but they said absolutely no problem and played it perfectly the next day. Most of the people at our wedding were from NYC, SF and LA and all of them have said for the last year or so that its the best wedding band they have ever heard. All four of the vocalists, which rotate singing songs, are very talented and they can perform any song you can think of including all the current top 40 if you ask them to. Lastly, many of the references told me that they play to the crowd and work to get the party going no matter what the attendees attitudes are. I would agree that they did that for our wedding.

WINSTON DELAWAR PHOTOGRAPHY, WESTON, FLORIDA

Gary Racan & the studio-e band are OUTSTANDING! The musicians and vocalists are incredibly talented and full of energy. We have been to hundreds of weddings and events and they are BY FAR the best band we have heard. No one else even comes close!

LARRY RICHERT, KDKA

Words can not express how wonderful Friday evening was and certainly how memorable. You should be very proud of your efforts and you made a difference in the lives of all of us, especially or veterans.

Gary's voice is amazing and your entire musical troupe was outstanding.

GARY BERKOWITZ, |Programming Consultant to AC Radio, Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

Gary Racan and the Studio E Band were incredible at our kids wedding! We're from Detroit. Our son married a Pittsburgh girl. From the minute we met Gary & Kim, we knew not only was the band incredible, but that they would be our "partners" in entertainment for the wedding. No matter what the question was, Kim was always willing and able to help us out (and many of our questions went beyond enterta...inment). I'm in the music business and consider myself a "tough sell" when it comes to music. I knew within 30 seconds of hearing the Studio E band that they were the one. The dance floor was full all night. Best of all, to this day, when we talk about Erin and Michael's wedding, our friends tell us that we had "the best band ever"! Thanks Gary & Kim.

ROBERT LEVIN AND DR. KERRY BRON

Never in a million years did we imagine a band that would play at our wedding that would bring such energy and fire to their performance. All of our guests were blown away by the music with many commenting that it was the greatest band they had ever heard! And Gary and Kim couldn't have been more helpful in suggesting songs and sequences that created a perfect flow for our big night. Immensely talented and incredibly professional, Gary and Kim have created something truly exceptional with the E Studio Band! We give them an A ++!!

 

 

THE CINDERELLA BALL HELD AT THE OMNI WILLIAM PENN

Fairy tales really do come true -- with hard work, much planning and a dose of good luck.

A magical setting in the Omni William Penn ballroom created some enchanted evening on Saturday for the 21 debutantes.

The ballroom has never looked prettier, and the excitement and energy were palpable as a vocal crowd cheered last year's Cinderella and Prince -- Danika Baum and Jeff Broad -- and this year's debs.

When Gary Racan and the Studio-e Band took over after dinner with their irresistible repertoire, the dance floor swelled with all the guests who joined the debutantes of 2013. They are Isabel Aiken, Anna Arnn, Samantha Ballengee, Stephanie Betts, Lyndsay Bozzone, Maclean Calihan, Hanna Chait, Rose Egan, Katherine Girdhar, Samantha Goodman, Olivia Loevner, Sydney Mordoh, Caroline Muse, Campbell North, Athena Petredis, Madison Pollock, Brooke Roberts, Caroline Stamy, Maegan Stump, Julia Teti and Meryl Warshafsky.

Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

THE CINDERELLA BALL INTRODUCES 21 DEBS TO SOCIETY

There's something to be said for a tradition that has stood the test of time for nearly nine decades, one that has remained steadfast in its acknowledgement of time-honored rites of passage for generations of young ladies.

On Saturday, more than 600 guests descended upon the Omni William Penn to celebrate Pittsburgh's oldest fundraiser and second longest-running debutante ball in the country, the Cinderella Ball , where 21 debs officially were introduced to society, each on the arm of her proud papa or presenter.

After a sumptuous dinner perfectly executed by the attentive wait staff, tables cleared out in a flash as Gary Racan and the studio-e band kept the dance floor at capacity until the stroke of midnight.

Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE'S POINTE IN TIME BALL

A rosy glow filled the Westin Convention Center ballroom Saturday, causing the nearly 400 guests to gush "c'est manifique" as they arrived for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pointe in Time Ball. The theme was "A Parisian Cabaret," and the spectacular dinner would have made Julia Child proud. Seared scallops, herb-rubbed filet or cornish hen, slow-roasted tomato salad, a cheese plate and French pastries -- everything was perfection and that was before the spirited crowd took to the dance floor with encouragement from Gary Racan and the studio-e Band.

Of course, the ball supports ballet, and the evening began with a wonderful sampler of performances by PBT dancers. Other company members mingled in black tie, giving guests a chance to meet them both during cocktails (an absinthe bar was a novelty) and the silent auction that preceded the live version. With offerings like a trip to New York or Paris, a two-week adventure in South Africa and more than 70 bottles of French wine, it was no wonder the auction fetched more than $100,000 under Jim Roddey's experienced gavel. By evening's end the gala total was $450,000, but a truer measure of success was how much fun the guests had and how late many stayed.

Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

LHAS HOW SWEET IT IS!

Oh what a night! With smashing philanthropist Athena Sarris (bedecked in enough bling-bling to light up the Cultural District) and her family as top honorees, it was a sure bet that the Ladies Hospital Aid Society’s luscious soiree would be dipped in chocolate! The bash was also Rooted in Compassion for 330 black-ties who gathered at the Fairmont, Downtown.

Since 1898, LHAS’s first ladies have answered the health care needs of our community with a healthy $15 million. Saturday’s bottom line of $85,000 will fund their new Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program.

Think glitter, glam, chocolate and slink, and you have an idea of those blowing their diets on Sarris Candies’ 600 pounds of R-rated richness arrayed at cocktails. Hors d’oeuvres or death by chocolate?

A-list pied pipers, Gary Racan and his sizzling studio e band, blew open the ballroom doors and had the crowd dancing their slippers off all night long. For wining and dining, flower power Bill Chisnell created a divine fall landscape of bouquets and tables covered long and luxe in coral, crimson, moss green and gold.

September 23, 2012

 

The Maecenas Gala honors Gov. Tom Corbett and wife Susan

The Orient Express took off on time Saturday night, despite a platform crowded with demonstrators hoping to get a glimpseof star passenger Gov. Tom Corbett. He and his wife Susan were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pittsburgh Opera during the XXVIII Maecenas Gala, which took the Orient Express as its theme.

"We've had quite a drama this week," noted Christopher Hahn, the opera's general manager, as he presented the prestigious award. The governor and Mrs. Corbett, who is the chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a trustee of Carnegie Museums, were recognized for their support of the arts.

The international couple were well-suited to the travel theme, complete with porters, Parisian flower stalls and stacks of vintage luggage. The opera's Strip District headquarters was transformed into a tented wonder with the helpof Loom (all that fabric!) and Bill Chisnell Productions. Pittsburgh Opera resident artists performed before the Duquesne Club served a sophisticated repast of tuna Nicoise, puree of beets and passion fruit, roasted Colorado bison and black bass. Then it was time for Gary Racan and the studio-e Band, who know better than anyone how to pack a dance floor.

Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

JDRF's Rainbow Ball brings out the crowd

Absolutely. Amazing. It was hard to tell which aspect of JDRF's Rainbow Ball could take the most credit for seeing to it that Saturday's black-tie blow-out brought every standard operating procedure down to its knees in favor of an unforgettable evening from start to finish. Where to begin? Bonnie Walker of Bonnie Walker Events waved her creative wand across the ballroom of the Westin in collaboration with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to transform the space into a jaw-dropping ambiance befitting of JDRF's 20th anniversary. And leave it to Gary Racan and the studio-e band to officially kick things into high gear, literally rocking the shoes off of a dozen or so revelers who were bare footed on the dance floor before dinner had even been served for the likes...

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

 

The Perfect Gift

The Fairmont saw its share of bold names making their way into the ballroom on Saturday as more than 300 guests were lured into position by the musical hypnosis of Gary Racan and the studio-e band.The Gifting Gala, hosted by Family House, welcomed the likes of executive director Christie Knott and her husband, Ian, Jay and Ranny Ferguson, co-chairs Maris Bondi and Kim Cepullio, and board chair Glen Feinberg, raising a record-breaking $150K. Proceeds will benefit the Family Assistance Program, which ensures that patients awaiting treatment, and their families, have a comfortable and affordable place to stay.

April 2012, Kate Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

 

SEEN: 10 Best Parties of 2011

Point Park University "The Playhouse Rocks Starmakers"

The 75-year history of the Pittsburgh Playhouse was celebrated during the benefit for Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. More than 400 guests turned out for the gala at Stage AE, which featured Gary Racan and the studio e Band and terrific performances by the conservatory students. Honored were Richard Rauh and actress Shirley Jones, who called the Pittsburgh Playhouse "my alma mater of 60 years.

"January 2012, Marylynn Uricchio and Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Pittsburgh Opera hosts Auld Lang Syne III celebration

I wish this were champagne, mused Music Director Antony Walker as he sipped a glass of water during the Pittsburgh Opera's Auld Lang Syne III celebration on Saturday, indicating that someone didn't think to include a bottle of bubbly.

Elsewhere in Carnegie Music Hall, there was no time wasted raising a glass in anticipation of ushering in the New Year as the likes of Teresa and Nick Cavoti, board prez John and Nancy Traina, Bonnie Levine and Dr. Paul Paris, Catherine and Mark Loevner, Barbara Mendlowitz, Marshall and Wallis Katz, Carolyn and Bill Byham, Judy and Hale Oliver, and Ira and Nanette Gordon floated by.

Following cocktail hour, Gary Racan and the studio-e band instantly transformed the dance floor from empty to elbow-room only as 220 VIPs enjoyed a multi-course dinner was served to perfection. By 9 o'clock, a crowd of revelers had formed outside in the lobby in anticipation of a concert showcasing the Pittsburgh Opera resident artists and special guest Danielle Pastin, whose performances included Johann Strauss II's "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" and "Tritsch Tratsch Polka," as well as Franz Lehar's "Merry Widow Waltz."

January 2012, Kate Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

 

Ladies Hospital Aid Society 2011 Gala held at the Westin Convention Center ballroom

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," Humphrey Bogart said in "Casablanca." Many of the 400 guests at Saturday's Ladies Hospital Aid Society 2011 Gala felt the same way.

"Here's Looking at You, Kid" took its Moroccan theme from the movie, but its heart came from recognizing the accomplishments of the pediatric plastic surgery department at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. A check for $150,000 was presented to its director, Dr. Joseph Losee, and longtime Children's board member Hoddy Hanna and his wife, Mary Anne, served as honorary chairs for the evening.

But the other business of the night was fun, and it began the moment the doors opened into the Westin Convention Center ballroom. Bonnie Walker Events had converted the cavernous space into a glowing confection, tenting the room in pink silk and filling it with birdcages, towering florals and Moroccan-style vases. The fab Gary Racan and the studio-e band played almost nonstop for a crowd that was clearly ready to party after a long hot summer. When dinner finally arrived, it was delicious, from the mango Stilton salad to the blue cheese-encrusted filet mignon and a vanilla creme brulee.

 

Diamond Horseshoe Ball held at Fairmont Pittsburgh

One word from the Pittsburgh Opera's special events manager Samuel Badger and all of the last-minute behind-the-scenes mayhem in the grand ballroom of the Fairmont Pittsburgh came to an immediate halt as the curtain officially rose on the 57th annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball on Saturday evening."I needed elegant but crazy," explained Bill Chisnell of his ooh-la-la centerpieces; tall, sterling-silver candelabra dripping with crystals and adorned with ridiculously lush roses, hydrangeas and a whimsical plume or two.

Speaking of elegant but crazy, a few standouts in the fashion department thanks to John Gurman and his tuxedo shoes tipped with 998 Swarovski crystals and a Viking hat spotted on the head of Bernie Kobosky (with Dr. Lisa Cibik).

Meanwhile, not a chance that dinner was going to start on time with Gary Racan & the studio-e band taking the stage, whose only problem (if you would even call it that) was in no way, shape, or form being able to coax people off of the dance floor once they've been enticed onto it." I was very impressed with your dancing skills!" commented Music Director Antony Walker to the crowd.

October 2011, Kate Guerriero, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

 

SEEN: Auld Lang Syne III

Luscious lace was the fashion statement of the night during Auld Lang Syne III: Vienna in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Opera's New Year's Eve Gala and Concert Saturday. Yards of the elegant finery swirled around ball gowns and over tables and peeked through jacket lapels. Sequined lace tablecloths sparkled under candlelight while floral arrangements of white hydrangeas and lavender roses nestled between the flickering votives and above, in stately vases that reached to the gilded tray ceilings of Carnegie Music Hall. Opera music director Antony Walker (with Lauren Fichtel) flew in from London to conduct the program while general director Christopher Hahn (with Ron Booth) greeted guests along with chairs Saundra and Bill Stout.

A lively cocktail party on the balcony quickly moved to the music hall foyer when Gary Racan and the studio-e Band kicked into high gear. More than 200 guests danced during a dinner of fresh greens, coq au vin and roasted root vegetables. A lavish dessert buffet followed a delightful performance by Pittsburgh Opera resident artists and featured soprano Danielle Pastin that included works by Johann Strauss Jr., Franz Lehar and others. The concert and after-party drew a second wave of revelers.

January 2012, Rosa Colucci, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Pointe in Time Ball, Omni William Penn

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre took a Journey to Neverland Saturday for its 26th annual Pointe in Time ball. The gala at the Omni William Penn was one of its most elegant and profitable in years, thanks in part to the efforts of chairs Tracy and Dr. Ken Melani, president and CEO of Highmark. The evening grossed $810,866, including a gift of $350,000 from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield that will be used to help fund the expansion of the PBT school. Ten-year old Alyssa Melani studied ballet there, and a bevy of students welcomed guests with a gauntlet of tutu-clad ballerinas in the lobby.

That was the beginning of a special night that showcased the company with excerpts from the season, including "Peter Pan," during an intimate performance before dinner. Dinner was a hearty fall repast of bibb lettuce with poached pear, filet with gorgonzola and sea bass, served to perfection by Lora Peluso and her staff.

Gary Racan and the studio-e Band kept the dance floor packed with an energetic crowd that included PBT executive director Harris Ferris with Janet, artistic director Terrence Orr with his wife, ballet mistress Marianna Tcherkassky, board chair Shelley and Jim Taylor, Colleen and Denny Travis, Mary Anne and Hoddy Hanna, Colleen and David O'Brien, Cindy andMurry Gerber,

November 2011, Marylynn Uricchio, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Pittsburgh Ballet Gala

By celebrating its 40th Anniversary, this event reached maturity...with party pro Bonnie Walker and Gary Racan and the studio-e band with its irristable music where the crowd refused to stay seated!

October 2009, Marylynn Uricchio, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Come Fly With Us

If you were wondering where all the fabulous people were this weekend, you should have followed the line of cocktail couture that was floating into the Westin on Saturday evening, where 300 beauties and their beaus took off with the Ladies Hospital Aid Society for the Come Fly With Us Gala. But leave it to Gary Racan and the studio-e Band to keep our heels glued to the dance floor for the entire evening; the only time we stopped twisting and shouting was when they turned off their mic's in order to force us to return to our chairs and slice into a mouthwatering hazelnut-crusted filet mignon and black cod. See you next summer, Willpower!

AUGUST 2009

 

10 Best Parties of 2008

Maecenas XXIV With its "Wild About Opera" African theme, the jungle drums could even be heard outside the Benedum Center on May 19 while guests dined and danced onstage to Gary Racan and the studio-e band.

Saturday, January 03, 2009, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Rainbow Gala

Then it was dancing to the irresistible Gary Racan and the Studio E band, as much a Vegas floorshow as a tip-top dance band...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

March 31, 2008

 

Residents Give Cheers to 'Marshall' Cast, Crew

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Hollywood heartthrobs Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox brought the glamour, but it was the residents here who added the glitz during a green-carpet premiere of the film "We Are Marshall," which drew an estimated 10,000 people to downtown Huntington earlier this week. Pittsburgh's Gary Racan and the Studio E Band turned the gala into a real rock and soul party. For three hours straight, they kept the crowd moving in a show that included everything from "Special Angel" to "Dancing Queen." Backed by his seasoned band, Racan, a former lead singer of The Vogues, shared vocal duties with Sheena Berkley and Billy Hartung, who returned to Pittsburgh after finding success on Broadway in "Footloose" and as a dancer in the film "Chicago."

Thursday, December 14, 2006, By Monica Haynes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

September 2008

"Bus money" took on a whole new meaning Thursday at the Jerome Bettis Caring for Kids Event. The former Pittsburgh Steelers great and 400 friends joined forces to raise $200,000 for The Bus Stops Here Foundation. It was Steeler Heaven at the Westin Convention Center with a sports memorabilia silent auction to make any fan turn black and gold.WPXI's Alby Oxenreiter delighted as Master of Ceremonies. Gary Racan and the Studio-e Band enticed this tony crowd to the dance floor.

 

And There’s More...

 

“Gary Racan & the studio-e Band are the hottest, danciest sound in town! They tear the place apart with a style and musicianship that’s all too rare in this town!”

Jean Horne - Editor Fanfare Magazine and Trib Total Media

 

“Gary Racan & the studio-e Band is the best dance band in town! Old, new, fast, slow – they play it all and span the decades seamlessly. They are 5 bands in one – hugely talented, highly energetic – they are the life of the party!”

Marylynn Uricchio – SEEN column / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

“Gary Racan is an engaging and exciting performer! His professional style and audience rapport are unique in the business. It was exhilarating watching him perform. As a matter of fact, Gary is performing at my own personal party!”

GLORIA GAYNOR – Had No. 1 Hit of the 70's "I Will Survive” and “Never Can Say Goodbye”

 

“Gary Racan & the studio-e Band were the hit of our daughter’s wedding! I have never experienced a better reaction from a crowd, nor a group that played so well, kept things moving and expertly ran the wedding! Gary’s voice and range is amazing – whether he is singing a ballad or belting a rock tune, he sounds like the record! Everyone’s musicality in the band was first-rate fun, kicky, sophisticated!”

Stephen Klein – President, Kentucky Center for Performing Arts

 

“Gary and company are the most exciting and talented band that my company has ever employed! Whether they played Motown, R&B, Big Band or Rock, we danced all night long!”

Raymond Lewis – New York Event Planner / Owner, RPL Consulting

 

“I have produced shows for 35 years and can honestly say that Gary Racan & the studio-e Band and organization are incredible to work with. They delivered the professionalism that you rarely receive from a live band, including planning and production. Gary and team provide a professional, stunning and engaging performance for any group. I use them for every engagement their schedule allows!”

David Dodd – Owner, Event Production, LLC - Charleston, WV

 

“Gary Racan & the studio-e Band recently performed at a private event with us and I must say...Pittsburgh is lucky to have such a fabulous group representing its city. Gary Racan’s voice is phenomenal...what a range he has! And his band sounds like the records they sing! Once you do business with studio-e, you do not need to look anywhere else!”

Ben Crosby – Manager of The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards