E.S.P.

E.S.P.

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John Magnante

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John graduated from Oswego State with a minor in music performance. While at Oswego, he studied with guitarist Rick Balestra and was a featured soloist in the school's highly acclaimed "Solid State Jazz Ensemble." He also studied guitar at the musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.  Most recently he has studied with Johnathan Kriesberg and is an avid follower of the new school of modern jazz guitar playing.

John is a co-founder of ESP as well as a major contributor of the groups original compositions. In addition to his responsibilities with ESP, he has performed with such bands as Atlas and Soft Spoken.

Matt Vacanti

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A highly accomplished bass player, Matt's training in classical bass has helped him become a first-call bassist in Central New York for string,  fretless and fretted bass.  He can bow a beautiful solo on an upright,  then turn around and slap a funky backbeat on electric. Over the years he has worked with Joey DeFrancisco, Ron Jackson, Kevin Mahagony, Willie and Lobo and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas to name a few.

Matt is a skilled recording engineer and record producer as well.  He started Spider Records back in 1990 and has produced many Sammy (Syracuse Area Music) award-winning records for CNY musicians.  In this respect, Matt is the driving force behind all the E.S.P. records since the creation of the band.

As a composer and arranger, Matt has penned a sizable catalogue of music for jazz as well as educational compositions for school orchestras.

Matt is a 20 year veteran public school educator, clinician and orchestra conductor with experience teaching orchestra and jazz ensembles from beginners to college level.

Kirsten Tegtmeyer

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Bill D'Agostino

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Kirsten first realized her love of voice while singing in her hometown church in Cazenovia, NY.  It wasn't long before she started writing songs and performing them in High School which led to her attending Onondaga Community College for music and studying with central New York legend, Ronnie Leigh. In 2011 she was drawn to Manhattan where she performed regularly with the group KTQ.  These days she lives in Syracuse and performs with E.S.P. at clubs and festivals around Central NY.  Kirsten has performed with Bob Piorum, Ronnie Leigh, Melissa Gardiner, Rawn Randall, Chris Derosa and Jamie Cullum to name a few.

Bill grew up in Auburn NY, where he began studying drums with drummers in the local Rochester and Syracuse scene.  He went to Fredonia State, and Berklee College of music where he graduated with a degree in Music Performance.  Today he travels around the northeast with several groups including the Temptations, Debbie and Friends and of course E.S.P.

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