MEET THE BAND

Meet the Band Members of All Tuned Up

George Bittner

Band Leader, Drums, Vocals

George Bittner All Tuned Up Drums VocalsGeorge started playing drums at age 5. His father was a self taught musician and would teach him to play all types of musical styles. George was involved with every possible music program while attending high school and was drum line section leader his junior and senior year. He was in the orchestra and was All South Jersey for drums 2 years in a row. He studied with Al Ipre during this time. After graduating he started to work in area clubs and restaurants and played in various bands. A few years later he started doing road work with show bands and traveled on the east coast. George started college a little later than usual and received an Associates Degree in Music from Burlington County College. He then attended Trenton State College and Rutgers University for a degree in music performance. During this time he was playing 5 and 6 nights a week in clubs and in Atlantic City Lounges. George studied with Tony DeNicolla and Joe Morella and became a well rounded player.  George has written many jingles and commercials that are still played on the radio in the South Jersey Area!


Diane L. Bittner

Co-Leader, Front Lead Vocals, Guitar

Diane Bittner All Tuned Up Vocals and GuitarDiane started her singing career at a very young age appearing on The Al Albert’s Showcase, Sally Star and also Chief Halftown. She was destined to be on the stage from that point on! Diane studied voice, theory and guitar at Russell’s School of Music in Cherry Hill, NJ and won many group/combo competitions during her high school years. Diane performed at weddings and parties with her band Blue Mist during this period of time. After graduating she began working in local clubs and restaurants with a band called Night Flight. She studied voice with Paul Spencer Adkins, a world renowned tenor from the Philadelphia area. Diane went on to work with many of the area’s most popular bands including Grand Illusion, Double Take, Punchline and Shining Star Orchestra. She has recorded many radio commercials and jingles during her career and loves recording in the studio. She has performed at The Tropicana, Bally’s, Trump Plaza, Showboat, Caesar’s and Trump Marina, just to name a few! She continues to captivate audiences with her powerful voice and can sell a ballad like no other in this area.


Peter Plaxa

Guitar

Peter Plaxa All Tuned Up GuitarPeter has been playing guitar for fifteen years.  He studied with instructor Mark Ryan for ten years and Carl Filipiak for two years. Peter attended Towson University with a major in Jazz guitar performance. While at Towson, he studied jazz guitar with Steve Herberman and classical guitar with Michael Decker. Peter has been playing in bands and gigging since he was 14. Currently he also plays in a jazz trio called Fishtown Jazz Odyssey and an original rock band, Cozy Galaxies. Peter also teaches private guitar lessons and does studio session work with Grammy Award winning producer Vidal Davis. Most recent releases include guitar and bass tracks for Kindred the Family Soul’s 2011 release, “Love Has No Recession”.

Peter has been playing with George and Diane in Punchline for over 5 years now. Peter and George met at the Guitar Center where they both worked. George heard Peter play quite often and was impressed with his talent. Peter has a great ear and instantly fit in with the band. His creative solos and ability to play all styles of music make him a valuable member of All Tuned Up!


Jim Hines

Bass Guitar, Vocals

jim hines bass guitarJim has been playing bass since he was 13 yrs old and is a veteran of bands going back to the 70’s such as Gatsby and Auburn and eventually auditioning for and joining the U.S. Navy Music program in 1981. Tours with the Navy had Jim stationed in Com7thflt Band Yokosuka Japan, Navy Band Seattle, Navy Band Charleston and finally as Electric Bass Instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music. After leaving the Navy in 1989 he joined the 63rd NJ Army National Guard Band in Sea Girt, NJ and retired with just over 22 years of service in 2003. In addition he has had the pleasure of working with the Carl Granieri Orchestras as well as working as a sideman for Atlantic City Shows featuring, The Golden Boys (Bobby Rydell, Fabian and Frankie Avalon), Al Martino, Joan Rivers, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Martha and the Vandellas, Don Rickles, Debbie Reynolds and others.