We love what we do, and it shows...

Highly acclaimed for our non-stop energy, enthusiasm, and our sterling reputation with Albany, Saratoga and New England Wedding Professionals... we will bring the party to your party.

As you may hear our master of ceremonies exclaim... "Let's Celebrate!"

Samantha Dietlien

Emcee, Lead Vocal & Percussion

Samantha is a British songstress with an outstanding powerful voice singing everything from pop to soul, R n B, power ballads, rock and Jazz.

Samantha's singing career began over 8 years ago where she was given the honor to release a dance chart record in London, England then traveling the seas taking her from Europe, Asia, Africa and now newly married and settling in Albany, NY. Performing for Princess Anne and Darcy Bussell of the Royal Ballet School of London, Samantha has been quoted "world class talent," "Incredible vocal talent with such charm and charisma... she is a pleasure to watch!" From Beyonce to Taylor swift, Natalie Cole to Motown Classics, Samantha bringin' it' to every performance!

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Ron Cicoria

Emcee, Lead Vocal & Percussion

Ron is an accomplished tenor pop vocalist and musician originally from Rochester, where he grew up with an obsession for Top-40 radio and an innate desire to take the stage. After completing his studies, Ron relocated to Syracuse, where his versatile style allowed him to become a prolific front-man in the area. Ron led various projects that ranged from power-pop, classic rock, R&B, and hip-hop. He eventually found his home with Body & Soul, a group that shares his high-energy party-band sensibility, seamlessly able to move from soulful standards and classics to upbeat hits and powerful anthems.

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Bill Grant

Lead Vocal & Guitar

Bill Grant has been honing his musical skills as a guitarist and lead vocalist since his high school days! Over the past 30 years, his involvement with the musical acts Kidd, Reckless Romance, Lois & the Kryptonites and The Billy Bryant Band has brought him to every state on the east coast. Playing and singing from Maine to Maryland enhanced his musical diversity.

When you see Bill with Body & Soul... you’ll see him playing with his “heart and soul” doing what he loves to do... making musical magic for audiences to enjoy!

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Eric Schwanke

Bass & Vocals

Eric Schwanke has played bass in various bands in Albany's Capital District and beyond for over 25 years. His foundation comes from his classical piano training plus a mix of influential jazz, rock and classical musicians in his immediate family. Eric has occupied the bass chair in projects as diverse as r&b/soul/funk powerhouse GMP and local industrial metal act The Clay People. In addition to playing with Body and Soul, Eric currently plays nite clubs with jazz/fusion/jam group The New Regime, and rock venues with Alice in Chains tribute Sludge Factory.

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Larry Finke

Keyboards & Part Time Astronaut

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Eric Walentowicz

Sax & Percussion

Eric Walentowicz has thirty-five years of performing experience as a musician. A highly skilled, versatile, talented, and very in-demand musician, known for his improvised saxophone solo's and having performed with as many as thirty groups annually at over seventy venues a year for the past ten years. Originally from Detroit, MI, he started playing professionally at age thirteen and won several scholarships to attend the famed Interlochen Arts summer programs in Interlochen, MI. He majored in Studio Music and Jazz on scholarship at the University of Miami and University of North Texas.

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Pete Bellino

Trumpet & Percussion

In high demand as a performer and educator in jazz, commercial and classical idioms, Pete has performed with Aretha Franklin, Lew Soloff, and the big bands of Jeff Tyzik and Gap Mangione as well as the Air Force Band of the Midwest and Walt Disney World, to name a few. Orchestral experience includes performances with Albany and Schenectady Symphony Orchestras, Buffalo Philharmonic and New York Repertory Orchestra. Music has taken Peter around the world including Canada, Japan and India.

Since moving to the Capital Region in 2005, Peter has been the Regional Manager for the Paul Effman Music Service, providing band instruction to students in elementary, middle and high schools.

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Lance Comer

Drums & Percussion

Lance has performed professionally for the past 20+ years. Originally from Minneapolis, he spent 7 years in New York City before moving to the Capital Region.

Proficient in numerous genres, Lance has performed with The Drifters, The Coasters, Chuck Berry, Julio Fernandez (Spyro Gyra), Richie Cannata (Billy Joel), Ipso Facto, and the International Reggae All Stars, sharing the stage with numerous heavyweights such as Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, and Donnie McClurken.

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Chris Dalmata

Sound Engineer

Chris has been providing New York Players Entertainment Group with their technical support for nine years. Chris was an audio engineer and lighting director for the Starlight Music Theater in Latham, NY. He has mixed for an uncountable number of national acts in all of the Capital District venues while working with an audio company and has also spent six years touring with several National touring companies as the stage manager and audio engineer.

Chris is THE go-to guy for audio and technical advice and is a valued member of Body & Soul.

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