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Class Act Trio / Bio

Mario Paparozzi has been playing for 40+ years. Over the years his bands opened for Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Sly and the Family Stone, Dr. John, Deodato, and many others. He performed on stage with Phoebe Snow, Dr. John, and Bruce Springsteen. Mario studied guitar with Alan Hanlon (followed Charlie Christian in Benny Goodman's Big Band), Joe Federico a veritable guitar virtuoso.

Donna Merritt is a professional Pianist, Organist, & Vocalist with over forty years of experience. She can offer a unique service for Weddings, playing on either the Piano or Organ, then set up the Combo and perform for the Reception, often for less than a separate Pianist/Organist, and Reception Band. She is comfortable with many styles of music. From Show Tunes to Jazz to Pop to Latin to Oldies to Light Rock to Gospel/Contemporary Christian. Except for a stint in Atlanta, her career has been in Wilmington and many here will recognize her unique style

Ken Merritt, a Wilmington native played bass and trumpet with the Atlanta Blue Notes (big band) as well as bass with the Continentals in Wilmington in the 70s. Ken is also an accomplished roady.

General Info

Band Members
Mario Paparozzi Guitar and Vocals, Donna Merritt, Keys and Vocals, Ken Merritt, Bass
Artist Name
Class Act Trio
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Beach / Light Rock

Contact Info

Wilmington, NC