Entertainment

Daniel Rodriguez – Musician/Tenor

Daniel Rodriguez, the now-retired NYPD officer helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Daniel began formal voice training at a very early age, He was 16 at his first recital in Carnegie Hall. The following years he became well known around the New York area,

performing in local opera, musical theater, and his own concerts.

Singing has been his lifelong passion, however it didn’t always pay the bills. He worked at a series of jobs until finally joining the New York City Police Department where he became known as “The Singing Policeman”.

Daniel was driving to work September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked. He witnessed first-hand the destruction of both towers, nearly losing his own life. At “Prayer for America” in Yankee Stadium, Daniel’s inspirational voice gave hope and strength to a grieving nation. His music career had turned into a calling.

Daniel’s philanthropic and patriotic efforts have been recognized with more than a dozen honors and awards, such as the USO Lifetime Achievement Award, the DAR Medal of Patriotism and others.

Retired from the NYPD in 2004, now a full-time professional singer known as “America’s Beloved Tenor”, Daniel continues to uplift and inspire in performances for his chosen charities, and at venues around the world.


Eddie Money – Musician

In 1977 Eddie Money released his self titled debut record and struck double platinum with hits such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise”. With over 28 million records sold worldwide, Eddie’s trademark raspy, husky voice is easily recognized today, and his credits include appearing in several TV sitcoms.


David Paich – Musician

David Paich, born in Los Angeles, CA, is a vocalist / songwriter / producer / performer and arranger. Since 1977, David has released 17 Albums, sold 30 million records and won 5 Grammy’s as main composer for the legendary rock/pop band TOTO. He was inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

Paich is a prolific writer of chart-breakers like “Hold The Line,” “Rosanna,” and “Got To Be Real” and co-wrote several songs with Boz Scaggs. He has arranged songs for such artists as Michael Jackson, Rod Steward and Don Henley and was music director for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

David is currently music coordinator for ‘Music Cares’ person of the year, Paul McCartney. The organization raises funds for musicians in need of aid.


Ray Parker, Jr. – Musician

‘For Those Who Like to Groove’ you came to the right spot! American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist, Ray Parker Jr., is best known for writing and performing the theme song to the motion picture Ghostbusters, for his solo hits and performing with his band Raydio, as well as the late Barry White.

Ray started out as a session guitarist while still in high school. He’s played behind legendary bands like the Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips and the Spinners. In 1972, Stevie Wonder asked Ray to play behind him on a tour he was doing with the Rolling Stones. He then spent the next 2 years playing on Stevie’s albums.

Ray’s first LP with his band, Raydio, went gold in 1978. The top 10 hits for Raydio continued through 1981. In 1984, Ray’s song and music video for ‘Ghostbusters’ was #1 for 3 weeks on the Billboard Charts. Ray continued to write and produce hits for top artists like New Edition, Diana Ross and Randy Hall.

Now, Parker enjoys spending time with his family while continuing his love and passion for music. He performs in various concerts throughout the world.
 


Robin DiMaggio – Musician / T.V. Personality

Robin DiMaggio is a drummer/percussionist based out of Los Angeles. He has performed/recorded with a variety of artists including Steve Vai, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Diana Ross, Dr. Dre, Luther Vandross, Sean Lennon, Johnny Cash, and Chris Isaak as well as sitarist/composer Ravi Shankar. He has also worked as a producer/songwriter and a composer/arranger. Robin played drums on the Lopez Tonight Show, until he was named drummer and Music Director for the new Arsenio Hall Show’s ‘Posse’ Band, beginning September 2013.

DiMaggio has also been named the Music Director for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Awards from 2009-2014.


Johnny Gunn – Musician

Johnny Gunn is a seasoned professional doing original music inspired by the diverse group of artists he has had the pleasure and good fortune to work with. These artists include Eddie Money and members of his band, The Royal Doggs (Rock), Cold Blood (Funky R& B), Metallica (Heavy Metal), Night Ranger (Melodic Hard Rock), Tommy Castro (Blues), The TomKatz (R & B), Puro Bandido (Latin Rock), Ka Ehu Kai & Ka’Nalu (Hawaiian), Tim Murphy, Tom Wurth and Vince Gil (Country). Johnny has developed a sound that grooves, rocks and sways, flavored with some of today’s Outlaw Country.

He has achieved Gold & Platinum Records for his songwriting contributions to Eddie Money’s 1982 release, “No Control,” 2 nominations for a Grammy, once in 2005 as Producer/Songwriter for Kurt Crasper’s, “Wolf Tickets” record and the other in 2006 for “Give Love a Try”, co-written for Tommy Castro’s “Soul Shaker” record, and Hawaiian Grammy nomination in 2010 (for producing “Where’ve All The Hawaiian’s Gone,” by Ka Ehu Kai.

Johnny also donates a great deal of his time for charity. Organizations include Police and Fire: Fallen Heroes, Mike Ditka’s Grid Iron Greats, Jeremy Brigham’s Believe in the Dream, Barry Zito’s Strike Outs for Troops, The National Spine Am bifida Foundation, Guitars for Life, Predator Patrol and many others. The Northern California Child Abuse Council is using one of his songs and the video, Change n’ Time for their current campaign.


Julie Haener – Newscaster

Julie joined the KTVU/FOX news team in 1997. Before moving to the Bay Area she co-anchored a two-hour weekday morning newscast at KIRO-TV in Seattle, where she also hit the streets on a regular basis for live reporting. Prior to that, Julie worked as the primary week-night news anchor and reporter at KJEO-TV in Fresno.


Ms. Monét – Singer

Born as Conesha Monét Owens, this Oakland, CA native was given the talents of all that performing arts can give, including improv, dramatic acting and dance/choreography. And, with a 5 octave vocal range in modern and classical music, it’s no wonder this gifted singer/songwriter, arranger and thespian has been sought after by some of the industry’s best, most diverse and accomplished artists and producers.

Monét has performed on numerous stages whether in theater productions or world-wide, touring with some of today’s most-notable and respected artists such as Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Toto, Huey Lewis and the News, Patti Austin, Queen Latifah and Kenny Loggins. She was a backing vocalist for the second ranked “top selling” tour of ’06-07, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s ‘Soul 2 Soul’ tour, and most recent, Lenny Kravitz’ “Black and White America” tour. Whether she’s performing R&B and Rock or singing Jazz standards, and Gospel hymns, it’s in the performance where she’s most justifiable.

By gaining her first “Grammy” certification from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for her backing vocals on the 1998 Song of the Year, “My Heart Will Go On”, recorded by Celine Dion, Monét continues to shine.


Jeff Tamelier – Musician

While spending nine years as lead guitarist for the legendary Tower of Power, Jeff found time to serve as Stephen “Doc” Kupka’s musical direction and co-producer for Strokeland Records projects, including the Strokeland Superband. Today, as President of House of Hansen Productions, LLC, Jeff is building the #1 destination website for online music collaboration and podcasting, operating as NewMusicMakers.com


Tori Campbell – Anchorwoman

Tori Campbell is co-anchor of the Emmy award-winning, top-rated “Mornings on Two” newscast that airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays as well as “The KTVU Channel Two News at Noon.” Before joining Channel Two in April of 1996, Tori was the Contra Costa County reporter and weekend anchor at KGO radio in San Francisco for six years.
She began her California broadcasting career in 1989 as news director and morning anchor at KKIQ Radio in Livermore and Pleasanton. Tori grew up in Connecticut and graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College in upstate New York with a major in French literature. Tori and her husband live in the San Ramon Valley along with their two sons.


Thom Barry – Actor

Thom Barry is an American actor, most recently notable for playing Detective Will Jeffries in Cold Case since its first episode in 2003. He has had an extensive television career, playing roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing and The Practice to name a few. He has also starred in several movies, including “The Fast And The Furious,” “The Expendables” and “Major League: Back To The Minors.” Thom came to L.A. in 1985 to work as a DJ and got into acting by doing commercials. He currently lives in L.A. and has two sons.


Randy Hahn – Broadcaster

Randy describes the play-by-play action for Sharks games on Comcast SportsNet California. Hahn, who enters his 17th full season with the club, served in the same capacity on selected telecasts during San Jose’s first two seasons (1991-93).
In 2008-09, Hahn captured his fourth Northern California Emmy Award in the “On Camera Talent-Play by Play” category. He also earned the award in 1999, 2002 and 2006.


Ron Masak – Actor

Ron has emceed hundreds of shows for the top names in the variety field. He is also a popular talk and game show guest. An outstanding athlete, he has his own uniform and has worked out with the LA Dodgers for over 20 years. He is often introduced as “One of America’s most familiar faces” since his 8 year run as Sheriff Mort Metzger on “Murder, She Wrote” . Ron has a book just published “I’ve met all my heroes from A-Z” that can be found on Amazon.com.
 


Larry Wilcox – Actor

Larry Wilcox co-starred on the long running TV Series, ‘CHiPs’, on NBC where he played Officer Jon Baker for 5 years. CHiPs is presently being shown on Me TV and enjoying another cycle of syndication. Wilcox also produced and directed the Award Winning TV Series, The Ray Bradbury Theater for HBO and many other movies. Wilcox served in the US Marines in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Presently Wilcox has technology companies in Hydro Turbine Energy and Content Management Software and produces movies. He is married to a former Olympian in Track and Field and has 5 children.


Erik Estrada – Actor

Erik Estrada’s career has spanned so far over four decades, yet although, he had worked as an actor for years before his first television series, it was for his dynamic portrayal of Officer Francis ‘Frank’ Poncherello affectionately known as “Ponch” in the hit, ‘CHiPs’, that he became a household name.

Erik continues to be a great supporter of police officers organizations throughout the world and because of this continual interest and commitment he is now also fulfilling one of his childhood dreams and has actually joined the ranks of law enforcement six years ago by becoming a sworn reserve police officer for the Muncie P.D. in the state of Indiana and a sworn deputy sheriff in Bedford County in the state of Virginia.


Charles Phan – Chef

Charles is a celebrity chef, owner of the Slanted Door, which opened in 1995,and proved to be a phenomenal success combining the Bay Area’s sensibility for fresh ingredients with Vietnamese time-honored cooking techniques.
He received the 2004 James Beard award for “Best Chef of California” and in 2005 the Anti-defamation league Achievement award. He has appeared on various television and radio spots including The Food Network’s :“The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Iron Chef America. Since opening The Slanted Door Charles has opened and operates, Out The Door (Ferry Building), Out The Door (Westfield), Heavens Dog, Academy Café and OTD (Bush Street).


Trey Sabatelli – Musician

Former musician (drums & vocals) for Jefferson Starship for 15 years, Trey is now a Web marketing and web production specialist.


Tommy Miller – Musician

Guitarist for the Gregg Allman & Eddie Money Bands


Tom Bowen – SJSU

Tom Bowen was named San Jose State University’s director of intercollegiate athletics on December 20, 2004. Under his leadership and with his vision for the department, San Jose State has established itself as a viable Division I-A intercollegiate athletics program with proven athletics, academic and financial successes to his credit. he was named to the 2008 and 2009 San Jose Mercury News’ Top-25 Most Powerful Sports Figures in the Bay Area.


Kara Tsuboi – Host

With a decade of broadcast experience behind her belt, Kara Tsuboi is no stranger to the camera lens or behind-the-scenes television production. Kara was able to indulge her love of travel through hosting the outdoor sport and food show, “Taste for Adventure.” She’s also involved in all sorts of fun and educational broadcast projects, like cooking for Williams-Sonoma website and rallying the fans at the Oakland Coliseum where she performs as the Oakland A’s in-game host.


George Komsky – Musician/Tenor

George grew up in the Bay Area and, at an early age was moved by the beauty of the Bel Canto singing style by the great Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Tito Schipa. He started his vocal training at age 11.
At UCLA, George worked with David Romano, the celebrated Tenor from Broadway’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and became the lead soloist for the internationally acclaimed RIVERDANCE in 2004. George was then introduced to one of the greatest living vocal teachers, Seth Riggs, who identified George as a distinct LEGGIERO TENOR, or Light Lyric Tenor.

George performed on Simon Cowell’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and caught the eye of one of the show’s producers. Judge David Hasselhoff said of George: “No matter what happens on this show you are going to make it, you’ve got a big career in ahead of you…”
He will be on tour throughout 2011 to continue to expand his fan base.


Marc McClure – Actor

Marc boasts a wide range of acting credits from television and movie appearances spanning 36 years. Just a few of his notable performances were as Glynn Lunney in “Apollo 13,” Dave McFly in the “Back To The Future” series and of course, Jimmy Olson in “Superman” I, II and III. Marc was born in San Mateo and continues to live in California where, in addition to acting, he makes music, works for various charities and teaches golf.


Stevie ‘Keys’ Roseman – Musician

Stevie “Keys” Roseman is a renown keyboardist and vocalist. Playing on his ‘Mighty Hammond B-3 Organ, he has rocked with the legendary band Journey, as well as Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, The Joy Of Cooking, Dan Hicks, John Hart & The Little John Band.

Stevie has also formed his own R&B group, “Stevie ‘Keys’ All-Stars”, featuring musicians from legendary bands like Tower of Power, The Gregg Allman Band, Jefferson Starship and The Eddie Money Band. They play the very best of soul, blues and rock n’ roll music guaranteed to keep any crowd dancing!