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.
Audlington (AJ) Wilson
Front Lead Vocals
Born on the tropical island of Jamaica, AJ Wilson stands out as a unique singer and songwriter that is flexible in every genre with the possession of deep Caribbean ties. Raised in a hard-working family and being the only person with any musical orientation, AJ is seeking to make his print on the musical world. From a very early age he became heavily involved in music starting with kindergarten talent shows, high school band rehearsals, high School choir rehearsals as well as forming singing groups. When it came to flexing music muscles nothing was ever off-limits. Humbled and forever changed by the fact that he lost his father at the age of 5, AJ sings as a way of keeping his father’s memory and legacy alive. With that in mind, he’s been driven to gain recognition with international impact which started for him with entering Jamaica’s biggest talent competition known as Digicel Rising Stars. In the year 2011 AJ entered Digicel Rising Stars under the young group known as V3 and although they didn’t win, it was the start of what became his passion for performing music.
Jay Schwartz started playing guitar in the late sixties, and was influenced by the great rock players of that era, and the ‘underground’ FM radio stations of the day playing everything from rock, soul, blues, country and jazz. He also got a taste for the jazz standards heard on the family ‘hi-fi’. After playing in bands throughout the 80’s, he moved to California and spent his time with his growing family and career. Jay and family returned to Pa. in 1998, and after getting settled, he returned to his passion – playing music. Jay is our newest member and we are very excited about our future with Jay and All Tuned Up.
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!
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jim Di Renzo started playing electric bass at the age of 12. He played in numerous dance bands and ensembles through out high school, and went on to become a string bass major at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Through the 70s, he toured the United States, Canada, and Europe with numerous recording artists, show bands, and dance bands. Through the 80s, he performed at many of the Atlantic City casinos, and did a six year stint with the house band at Bally‘s Casino .
From 1989, and for the next 20 years, Jim acted as a bandleader, arranger, conductor, and musical director for a well-known Philadelphia based entertainment management company.
Since then, Jim has had his own dance bands, and is a freelance and recording session musician.
He has played for the Inaugural Balls of Governors Ridge and Rendell, and Presidents Clinton and Obama. He has also served as musical director and bass player on the Disney Cruise Ships, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Cunard Cruise Lines.
After college Jim started traveling with bands & shows. First was the Tommy Dorsey band then a Vegas style show for the next 2 years with winters in Puerto Rico & Miami Beach. He left the band in Lake Tahoe to come to Atlantic City. Jim played the Ice Capades & Casino subs. Back on the road again with the bus & truck of “Annie”. Then a year on the Emerald Seas with the ship show band playing acts. He returned to Atlantic City to play star shows at the Tropicana. When that ended with a house & child on the way it was time to start teaching music in Millville. During that time Jim worked in Philadelphia with Vince Lopez and the Phil Giordano big band playing clubs and recording a CD. He earned his Masters at Temple as well. There was a summer tour with the Golden Boys of Bandstand and work with Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners. Jim retired from teaching and is playing as much as possible. Shows at the shore, Linda Gentile show and the Summer club Rat pack/Broadway show (Shore & Philly). There is also a Maynard Ferguson tribute band he works with in Philadelphia and the Levoy Theater in Millville. We are excited to have him as part of the All Tuned Up Horn Section.
Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Tony started playing the trumpet in the 7th grade.
He joined The Bonsal Blues community band when he was 15 years old and was immediately a stand out musician. He has been playing professionally ever since. Tony has worked with many of the area’s top club bands and is now reuniting with George and Diane. He was a member of Punchline and The Shining Starz Orchestra in the past. Tony has also played in many big bands and concert bands in the tri state area. We are excited to reunite with one of the area’s top trumpet players.
Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Vocals
Rich took his first sax lesson at age 9. By the time he reached his teens, his natural talent had him playing in dance bands throughout the tri state area, not to mention an ethnic band specializing in Polish music. Rich has played in top 40 bands and was a member of the house band for the ”Shack” restaurant on Roosevelt Blvd for several years. To add to his colorful repertoire, you may have seen Rich parading on New Year’s Day in the String Band Division of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. Rich currently plays in the Bonsal Concert Orchestra and the Bonsal and Silvertones Dance Bands. Rich is the newest member of All Tuned Up and finishes out one of the Top Horn Sections in the area!