Meet the Band Members of All Tuned Up
Band Leader, Drums, Vocals
George 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 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.
Keyboards, Vocals, Arranger
Lou Durham has been playing piano and composing music for nearly 50 years and is a native of South Jersey. He Graduated Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ Class of 1972. He holds degrees in commercial/jazz piano with a minor in composition, arranging and history, and a minor in Middle East politics and religion.
After college, from 1972 through 1986, Lou played music up and down the east coast performing at resorts and casinos. Lou was a member of the very successful bands Grand Illusion and Soundscape and was a band mate and good friend of George and Diane of All Tuned Up. He then auditioned and was accepted into the US Army as a pianist and toured with the band, traveling the world with the 214th Army Band, Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1994 Lou won an audition for the prestigious and elite US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC where he made it a career move to perform as a pianist for President Bill Clinton, high ranking dignitaries, officers and members of congress, and actually spent six of those years as Vice President Al Gore’s personal pianist, performing wherever the Vice President requested his services. Some of these notable moments include being commissioned to either perform or write Grammy nominated music for many major shows including DC ́s 1812 Concert on the Mall, performances for Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Senator Ted Kennedy and Colin Powell, and at one point played for the King and Queen of Sweden. He has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Lew Solo, Dennis DiBlasio, Dave Koz, Darryl Worley, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Wills, Craig Morgan, The Soul Survivors, Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass’ and many more. Recordings include 4 CD’s of patriotic music, including and featuring two title tracks he composed. He scored a composition featured in the award winning documentary, “Why We Fight”. Lou retired from the military after 23 years as a Master Sergeant. Lou has decided to reunite with is old band mates George and Diane!
Peter has been playing guitar for over 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. 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 7 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!
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jim 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.