Singer graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music and
received that school’s Richard Levy Award for Composition in 1980.
He has privately studied guitar and piano with Charlie Banacos and
performed as featured soloist and sideman with Cab Calloway, Jack Jones,
Jackie Eagle, Vanessa Williams, Roger and Roger, George Schwartz (former
trumpeter with Artie Shaw), and Eddie Fischer, as well as playing with
function bands for over ten years in the Boston area. In addition to
guitar, Frank also plays bass guitar, piano, drums, voice and saxophone. A
commissioned composer, he teaches music in the Erie area and Online. Frank was
also one of three finalists (World Music Category) in the John Lennon
Songwriting Contest of 1999.
Dorris , Cat's a Bear's drummer, percussionist and vocalist, formed "The Dorris
Brothers Band" in 1970 and performed exclusively in the Erie
area. To pursue drum studies with Gary Chafee, he relocated to
Boston where he played with
such performers as George Schwartz, Dave Zox Trio with Ted Casher, the
renowned Senegalese band Ibrahema, and big band shows
featuring Cab Calloway, Vanessa Williams and Jackie Eagle, among others. Joe
worked in the High Society circuit throughout New England. His
recording experience includes performing and arranging for The Editors,
Billy Walsh, Willy Eger, Tony James, Sharon DiFranzo, Jake and Jean, Tito
and various commercial recording projects.
musician and Cats a Bear Bassist Joe Frisina is also known for his guitar work with
Too Big Power, an original rock band featuring Frank Singer on Bass and Jayson Hopkins on Drums.
Joe also plays with The Dave Callaghan Trio, performs guitar duets with Frank Singer,
as well as Dave Callaghan, and performs with his new classic rock cover band,
The Happy Hours. While at Penn State University Joe began his study of jazz performance
and improvisation under legendary James Brown saxophonist, Dan Yoder.
Joe owns and operates Too Big Studios where he does recordings for radio, TV and local artists.
Joe is currently studying guitar, bass and music theory with Frank Singer.
mystical magical mentor, Tito (a.k.a. Nick, Knick) travels far and wide,
to and from points unknown. One day he is here, playing his music with
Cat's A Bear, and the next he is gone - captured by another vortex and
whisked away to new adventures. Is he a secret operative? Or perhaps he's
a strange kind of superhero, using his unique musical skills and other
special talents to change the world one person at a time. No one really
knows. We can only speculate, but one thing is for sure. He plays a mean
GUESTS of the CATS
Stefanelli, Cat's a Bear’s bass player from 1991-2011, counts
Jimmy Manucci and Basil Ronzitti among his first teachers.
He commuted to New York City for several years to pursue studies with Dave
Holland after winning a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Tony relocated to Detroit, where he performed with several bands including
Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones.
Locally, Stefanelli has performed with such bands as Wave, Angel
Fire, Quintessence, J.D. Blues and Tito.
Phil Papotnik played soprano and
tenor saxophone and clarinet with Cat's a Bear from 1991 to 2017 and is known as one of Erie's premier
saxophonists. He is also known as the founder of Erie’s Raven Sound.
In 1969, Phil and his brother started "Phillippe," a pop-fusion
band performing originals. He has appeared with Marty O’Connor and Dave Blates, the Erie
Philharmonic, and performed with several of the tri-state rock and jazz
bands including Quintessence, J.D. Blues and Tito. Phil has studied
with Basil Ronzitti, Carl Adams and Frank Singer.
Ronzitti was one of Erie’s most respected pianists and teachers, having
taught many musical "greats" including famous pianist and
author John Novello who has produced albums by Donna Summer and Taste of
Honey, and who currently leads the jazz fusion sensation Niacin.
As Cat's A Bear's principle
keyboard player, Ronzitti spiced their compositions with his own style.
Basil died in 2020. His incredible musicianship and humanity will be missed.
Hodge pays an occasional visit to the Midwestern Great Lakes Region from the
west coast of B.C., Canada. Her incredible vocal stylings and her fluent
piano playing bring a unique dimension to Cat's A Bear, as do her original
compositions. Her most recent CD, "Strings, Necks and C(h)ords", features
original and eclectic jazz. Her first jazz C.D., entitled "Tonight I'm
Wearing Basic Black", still receives airplay across Canada and the U.S.. As
a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, she taught vocals to such well
known performers as Paula Cole, Lavinia Hudson, and Kyle Gordon. Since then,
she has recorded her vocals on several labels; including Warner Brothers and
Atco Records Raindogs '90 release. She has done hundreds of commercials and
several movie releases.
Anthony Stefanelli: Percussionist on The Tito Experience
Jim Merkin: Keyboardist on The Euphoria Sessions
David Lindsey: Composer of La Lagartija. Trombonist and Euphonium-ist on The Euphoria Sessions (Honorable Mention: Finger Snaps)
Simon Ritt: Finger Snaps on The Euphoria Sessions
Jeri DiMarco: Cat's A Bear's first Keyboard player. No current recordings available.
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