One Fifty One (151)

One Fifty One (151) evolved from the ashes of a band called Dustin Bonz. The band enjoyed success in the early to mid-1990's, recording an album in 1994 that can still be found for sale on eBay from time to time as a "rare indie collectible".

As the 90's progressed, some members left the fold, and the band eventually dissolved for good. But the musical embers for some members still burned.  

Bob (Guitar) and John (Drums), two of the founding members of Dustin Bonz, played in various projects in the years following, eventually reconnecting with a high school friend Mike (guitar player) in 2013 and the groundwork for what would become 151 was formed.

As luck would have it, a local bass player named Tom was looking for a new group and the guys answered Tom's ad in early 2015. The next piece of the puzzle was added with Tom taking on dual roles as both bass player and lead singer. 151 was now a 4 piece project with dual guitars and a solid rhythm section with Tom and John on bass and drums. The music flowed and 151 was complete. Or so it seemed.

In early 2017, Mike decided that he needed to pursue other musical interests and left the fold. With the loss of Mike, the remaining members decided it was time to pursue a more capable formula in the form of a replacement guitar player, along with a lead singer.

As luck would have it, after auditioning several singers and guitar players, the guys were fortunate to find two very talented musicians in Greg (Lead Vocals) and Chris (Guitar).

The new lineup is complete and 151 is working hard to rock your world. Crafting both kick ass covers of your favorite classic rock, 80's rock and metal songs and catchy original tunes you will enjoy. And with any luck, become your favorites as well. 

Stay tuned. The best is yet to come.....  

John (Pic) Piccirillo - Drums, Percussion. and Song Writing

 

Born May 29 1972, John Piccirillo started as most drummers do. He began banging on anything that made noise. For John it was trash cans. He was 5 years old. John took lessons as soon as his school offered them and began playing in school concert band, orchestra and jazz band. Knowing drums were in John’s future, Johns dad bought him his first drum set when he was 10 years old. From then on it was all sticks and skins for John. John was in several bands over the years keeping his dream alive to be a professional musician. His first band to play out was called Black Jack with Robert Cady on guitar. Bob and John played together for decades in bands such as Dustin Bonz and Sucker Punch, until finding the hard rocking combination of talent that is One Fifty One. John has been playing for over 30 years. John is a rock drummer but loves to try new things and playing all kinds of different music. John's musical influences are Led Zeppelin, Rush, Iron Maiden and The Winery Dogs along with many others.  His main drum influences are John Bonham, Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy. John plays Tama drums, Sabian and Zildjian symbols, and uses Vic firth drum sticks.

Robert Cady - Guitar, Producer, Engineer, Song Writing, Bass and Piano

Robert Cady was born in November 1971 in Schenectady NY. He got his first guitar from his parents when he was just 14 years old. He started taking guitar lessons from MATT SMITH when he was 15 years old. Along with John Piccirillo His first real band was Black Jack. Soon after Robert met a producer and engineer by the name of Tony Perrino. Perrino was giving recording lessons at the time and the two became friends.  After that Robert and John put together a band called Nobody's Child.  They recorded some songs and soon after that band became Dustin Bonz where Robert got his feet wet in recording and producing.  Today Robert does all the recording, engineering and producing for the band. Robert's guitar influences are Ace Frehley, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Zakk Wylde and Steve Via.  His band influences are Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Aerosmith, The Winery Dogs, Iron Maiden and The Who. Robert plays Gibson Les Pauls and Marshall amps. Robert has been playing for 28 years.

Tom Papura - Bass, Lead Vocals and Alternative Lyrics

 

Tom has held down the low end and locked in with John since joining the guys in early 2015. A former member of local bands like The Diva Project, The Bed Spins, EBE and Off the Cuff, he brings solid bass lines along with great harmony and lead vocals to 151. His obsession with finding the holy grail of Spector basses often leave the others wondering what new instrument he will bring to rehearsal on any given week. A purveyor of economical bourbon and scotch, when not playing music, he can be found on local golf courses yelling FORE! on occasion even on the putting green. Tom's main instruments of choice are his Spector Forte Helium, Spector Zebra wood Rebop, Spector Legend 4 Classic and modified Spector Performer 4. He prefers Carvin bass amplifiers and cabinets and DR Dragon Skin strings. His influences include Jeff Ahment, Paul McCartney and Steve Harris. If you see the guys laughing on stage, chances are it's something insane Tom said..... 

Chris Bivona - Lead Guitar

   

Raised in the wilds of Knox, NY, Chris became infatuated with hard rock just prior to starting sixth grade.  The obsession progressed to the point where listening was not enough.   He convinced his parents to buy him a guitar and amp for his twelfth birthday.  After intense woodshedding he and his friends were able to write and perform originals in the infamous band Living Dead Beavers, performing several times at their high school, and later Saratoga Winners, Valentine’s, and the Glens Falls hellhole Freddy’s On Elm Street.

The Beavers disbanded in the late 90’s, at which point Chris joined Albany’s eN-DoR-PHiN.  Career highlights of that time include playing multiple shows at CBGB’s in New York City, recording a full-length album with esteemed producer Neil Kernon, and being named “Best Metal Band” in Metroland.

Chris took a sabbatical from performing with bands in the early 2000’s.  He locked himself in the basement and reconnected with his original style of lead guitar playing, learning an outrageous amount of Iron Maiden’s early work, among others.  In 2012, he felt ready to join the ranks of working musicians and had stints in several cover bands.  Chris was amazed by the chops and professionalism displayed by The 151 when he auditioned, and was honored to recently join their ranks.  He can’t wait to rock the house with John, Bob, Tom, and Greg at a town near you.

 

Greg Hopper - Lead Vocals

Greg is a Central New York native and a student of guitar since the age of 12. After over a 5 year run with Capital Region cover band King Friday, he began a new musical journey. He became a student of the Center for Song in Saratoga Springs, NY under the expert tutelage of Diana Domingo. This led to a brief run of solo performances but a fire had been lit. Greg began auditioning for lead vocal positions which eventually landed him with his most recent position with Jack’s Attic out of Ballston Spa. Now he looks to bring his veteran stage experience to the high energy rock machine that is One Fifty One.