Al is the founder of The Main Event Band which began back in 1989. Al has performed professionally for more than 30 years with many popular East Coast bands. He has shared the stage with many well known groups such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, just to name a few. The group with Al has performed at many festivals including the likes of.. The Chairmen Of The Board, Band Of Oz, The Embers, The Tams, and many, many more. One of Al's biggest assets is the ability to perform many styles of music be it R&B, Rock, Motown, Funk, Jazz, Country, just to list a few. He also brings a ton of energy to every performance! With this experience,it's easy to see how The Main Event Band has been a very sucessful act throughout the Carolina's.
Scott Pagona, trumpet and vocals, joined the Main Event Band in 2005. Before that, he played and recorded with numerous groups including The Pamlico Sound Machine, The Emerald City Big Band, Johnny Dollar, Mixed Emotion, Take Five, The Brym Mars, One Hour Late, and national act The Impressions.
Scott attended East Carolina University where he earned two Bachelor's degrees from the School of Music. While there, he had the opportunity to perform with the nationally acclaimed ECU Jazz Ensemble A where he was presented with the award of "Outstanding Soloist." During this time he also performed with Ethel Ennis, Bobby Watson & Horizon, and the North Carolina Symphony. Scott currently lives in Ayden, NC with his wife and two children.
Jeremiah Miller, saxophone, fuses genres and stuns audiences with his simplicity of melody and wide range of technique. He has shared the stage with many Beach, Motown, and Big Bands on the east coast including The Johnny Dollar Band, Trainwreck, Adrian Duke Project, and many numerous others. Jeremiah has performed with the awarding winning ECU Jazz Ensemble A as the solo tenor saxophone chair at the JVC Jazz Festival (NYC), Birdland Jazz Club (NYC), the East Coast Jazz Festival (Rockville, MD), and the Thelonious Monk Academy of Jazz (Orlando, FL).
Jeremiah has played with jazz greats such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Carroll Dashiell Jr., Bob Mintzer, Carl Allen, Terell Stafford, Abraham Laboriel, and Benny Green. He was a founder of the local jazz, r&b, funk quartet Pockit.
Currently, Jeremiah tours as a member of The Main Event Band. Jeremiah also holds a Master's Degree in Saxophone from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
John Raisig is an up and coming (drummer) percussionist. He is originally from Richmond Virginia, and currently resides in Farmville North Carolina. His influences include Chad Sexton, Benny Greb, Chad Smith, and Cobus Potgieter just to name a few. John plays many genres of music such as Rock, Funk, R&B and Country. He has always had a deep love for music and started seriously pursuing drums at the age of seventeen. John is currently endorsed by Zildjian, and has also been the drum instructor for two years at McFadyen Music in Greenville North Carolina. Currently John has a total of twenty students that span many ages and skill levels.
He has shared the stage with many regional acts, and gigged regularly across N.C and V.A. over the past four years. John is positive, focused and driven. He continues to grow and improve his craft. "When I’m on stage I pour my heart into it, always striving to give every performance one hundred percent. I love playing with The Main Event Band, I feel so lucky to share the stage with such incredibly talented musicians, whose experience has certainly helped to elevate my abilities."
Bob brings with him to The Main Event Band a lifetime worth of performing experience packed into a relatively short number of years. Coming from a musical Detroit family, Bob began playing music at the age of 10, joined his first band at 13, became a full-time performer at 15, and earned his first record deal at the tender age of 18.
Upon moving to Kentucky, Bob found himself in high demand, performing with such Nashville artists as Gary Stewart, Johnny Paycheck, Don Cox, Julie Reeves, Matt Mason and Paul Pace. Bob has also shared the stage with such musical legends as Pattie Labelle, Kool & the Gang, and Hank Williams Jr. to name just a few.
Bob’s musical influences stretch across the entire musical map, but upon listening to him play, one can clearly hear James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt, and his personal hero, Rocco Prestia. Bob’s ability to jump from one musical genre to the next gives The Main Event Band a rare flexibility when selecting their set lists. Bob currently lives in Ayden, NC with his lovely wife Pam and their four dogs.
Ken Hardee has been playing professionally for 48 years. He has opened for or performed with such bands and artists as Sawyer Brown, Exile, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie McDowell, Clarence Carter, The Hagers, Steve Wariner, Mel McDaniel, Shelly West, TG Sheppard, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Paycheck, Billy Joe Royal…and many more!
Striving for a tight, well-defined edge of showmanship and musical creativity, he works to build a strong rapport with the audience…no matter if it’s 10 or 10,000, he feels he owes them the respect of presenting "all you have from the first note of the evening to the last one played."
Incorporating the sounds of R&B, Country, Blues, and Gospel into his keyboard voicing, creates a unique sound he is proud of. Whether he’s playing ballads or hard-hitting hammer notes on his keyboards, Ken adds the fullness needed to give the band his very best…all night long!
From the first gig with Exile in ’88, which was termed the "opening act" in his stage career, he has met and played with many terrific people in the music industry, mostly from Nashville. Working closely with the road techs proved to be the most rewarding because he was able to learn some of the cool "licks" heard in older country music. Lee Carrol (Exile) and Steve Shepherd (Ronnie McDowell) were his two greatest keyboard mentors with Shepherd (over 12 shows together) going above and beyond to teach him exactly how it is and was played.
The knowledge and experience he has gained from his well-diversified musical endeavors has been injected into the "Main Event Band" sound. By the blending of his country roots sound, along with the talents of The Main Event Band, he has finally found his home!
Jerry has been singing professionally for the past 4 years and with The Main Event Band for the past 2 years. His only formal training was at East Carolina University where he majored in musical theater. Singing has always been his passion, and he is very grateful he gets to entertain for a living!
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The Main Event Band
The Main Event Band is the ultimate party band performing R&B, Soul, Beach, Country, and Funk. Their performances also include music styles from the 80's and 90's as well as your favorite songs of today.From Beach to Classic rock, from Soul to Country, from Disco to Buffett, The Main Event Band is the perfect choice for any party occasion. Featuring top-notch vocals, a tight rhythm section, and one of the best horn sections around, The Main Event Band offers a quality performance that is hard to rival.
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