The musicians in Prime Time come from various backgrounds, but all share one common thread, the ability to play at a high level and their devotion to their craft. Each member lends their voice to the band, singing backup or lead on various tunes. Here is a brief synposis of each member's musical history.
Brian Bird is well known for his many musical talents not only in Syracuse, NY but throughout central New York for over 20 years. Having the ability to play all of the woodwinds and brass instruments as well as being a vocal powerhouse has made Brian very successful as a musician. Brian has been a key player in many of the successful bands locally as well as nationally recognized groups that have allowed him to share the stage with Nick and the Nice Guys, The Sharp Dressed Penguins, New Day, Atlas, John Puma and the Dangerous Horns, Afterfx and Primetime. He has also had the privilege to share the stage with nationally recognized groups such as; Edwin McCain, Debra Gibson, The Little River Band, Willie Nelson, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, The Whispers, Rocco Barbato, Modern English, Johnny Lee Hooker, The Temptations, The Drifters, Jimmy Cavallo, comedians Joe Piscopo and Gilbert Godfrey. Brian is also a highly respected band instrument repair technician and co founded and co owns Empire Winds Inc. where he has many pros come into his shop to have Brian do his magic on their instruments. For more info check out Empirewinds.com
Bassist Bruce Peterson is the newest member of Prime Time. He began performing at an early age and was selected to play bass in the New York State Jazz Ensemble his senior year in high school. Bruce played bass and keyboards in various bands through his college years in Potsdam, eventually forming his own group "The Caise-Peterson Band" . After college he played with the popular Utica-based rock band "NightTrain". After taking 20+ years off to raise a family Bruce began playing out again with "The Tony Regulbuto Show", and most recently with "What About Bob".
Tom Hillenbrand is no stranger to the area as a tremendous guitarist and all around nice guy. He has played with bands such as Classified, Sharp Dressed Penguins, Joe Whiting, and many others. He is a driving force in the band with strong rhythmic playing as well as tasteful lead and solo work.
Tom Machuga fills out the horn section with his trumpet (both acoustic and electronic) and is also the sound engineer for the band. Tom is a music educator in Watertown, N.Y. He has backed The Four Tops, The Smothers Brothers, and Martha Reeves. A graduate of Fredonia State, he has traveled the world playing in the Fredonia State Jazz Ensemble. When not playing or teaching, Tom can be found behind the console in his home studio recording demos for Prime Time or other local bands.
Drummer, Lenny Millano was born and raised in yonkers, n. y. At age 10 , lenny was the youngest member of the yonkers civic philharmonic orchestra. After moving to central n.y.when he was in high school, Lenny attended morrisville college where he studied music theory and performed with the jazz band. He has since gone on to perform, record, and /or has been a member of a wide range of popular Central NYartists including : Atlas,Danny Holmes, Tim Harrington, Dr. Killdean, The King Snakes, Jon Leibing, Llil' Georgie, Marc Macri, and grammyawards winner, Joanne Shenandoa. Throughout the 90's and through 2003, Lenny was with the popular Central NY blues/rock trio " Vinnie and the Butchers " which he co founded with guitarist and long time friend, Paul Angerosa. Also in the mid 90's he toured nationaly with E.M.I. recording artists " Bloodline ". Over the years Lenny has backed a diverse group of artists such as, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer- Laverne Baker, blues guitarist- Chris Cain, and former Hollies singer- Terry Sylvester. Along with prime time , Lenny keeps busy playing with local blues guitarist, Phil Petroff and Central NY based "Big Krush".
Paul Valentino has been a front man, lead vocalist, and percussionist in the Central NY area for over 20 years. Paul serves as the bands manager as well and is responsible for booking the band. In 1996 he co-founded Prime Time and since then his voice has been the foundation for the versatile play list that has kept Prime Time among the top party bands in CNY. Whether it's Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Racal Flatts, or Maroon 5, Paul puts every ounce of energy and passion into his vocal stylings. He credits the talented musicians in the band that provide the perfect soundtrack for him to croon to night after night. Previous to Prime Time, Paul was a member of the Critics, Night Magic, Nite Life, and The Four. During the day from September to June, Paul is a Physical Education teacher in the Jamesville-Dewitt school district. He tried to incorporate a fitness program for the band, but was met with much resistance. Nice Gob Juys!!!!
Keyboardist Bob Caraher has been teaching music in the Syracuse area since 1980. A graduate of Ithaca College, he brings a talent to the group of taking ordinary songs and arranging them into the band's own unique sound. Bob has spent time playing with The Bernie Milton Band, Easy Street, Group Therapy, and Souled Out in the Upstate N.Y. area.