REMINISCE is an oldies group specializing in songs primarily from the 50’s and early 60's. The group performs both acappella and with music accompaniment. REMINISCE has evolved from a 5-man vocal group to its current size by combining the unique quality and love of acappella singing with the perfect match of instrumentation resulting in the showmanship and charisma of a live oldies band, one versatile package pleasing a wide variety of audiences.
REMINISCE prides itself on achieving the original record sound when performing any song. The arrangements are as close to the original group sound as possible. This is the reason behind the group's rapid acceptance and success as well as its faithful following. The group currently has a 400-name mailing list and regularly sends out a bi-monthly schedule.
REMINISCE was formed as a 5-man vocal group in early 1987 by the coming together of 2 groups from
the Providence, R.I. and Southeastern Ma. areas. By the Spring of 1987 the group was performing for
private parties and special oldies shows. By the Summer of 1987 REMINISCE was performing steady
weekly bookings and opening for well known oldies groups. As a 5-man vocal group its greatest
accomplishment was its surprise performance on the October 24th, 1987 Show of the ROYAL Doo-Wop
Groups at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. What was a doubtful chance at an audition turned out
to be the reality of opening a Doo-Wop show at Radio City. Another was its return performance on the
10th Anniversary of the ROYAL Doo-Wop Groups show at Radio City Music Hall in the Spring of 1988.
The group also appeared live on the Don K. Reed show aired on WCBS FM in New York City.
Starting in early 1988, REMINISCE began auditioning musicians for their backup band. By mid-1988 the
group was performing regularly as a 7-man group in clubs and for special appearances as show-openers
in oldies shows. In 1989 REMINISCE underwent an additional change which resulted in a structure of 4
vocalists and 4 musicians, which lasted for years.
REMINISCE has recently added a female vocalist to its membership. She brings many years of experience
at many levels of venues, from nightclubs to Las Vegas stages. She is talented, both as a lead and a
background singer. She has a great rapport with audiences, both on stage and off. She has added a
varied assortment of material to the group’s already large repertoire of music.
REMINISCE has performed for audiences in Rhode Island at various venuesas wel as The Event Center and Lighthouse Bar at Twin River Casino, and other New England locations including twice at radio City Music Hall, at The Hatch-Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, Ma and The Wolf-Den at The Mohegan Sun Casino, Ct
To date REMINISCE has performed with the following groups and many more:
Gary "US" Bonds "JAN and DEAN"
The "Platters" The "Skyliners"
The "Five Satins" The "Harptones"
The "Drifters" The "Five Keys"
The "Del Vikings"" Larry Chance & The Earls"
"Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge
"Hank Ballard and The Midnighters"
"Peter Noone" ("HERMAN" - Lead Singer of HERMAN's HERMITS")
“Frankie Valli and the Four Season’s”
“Jay and the Americans”
“Little Anthony and The Imperials”
Ron Laurito - Lead vocals, tenor
Originally from Providence, now residing in Danielson, Ct
Started buying records at 11 yrs old (1958) but in 1959 Jennie Lee and Baby Talk turned me on to the
Doo wop sound with the bomb paba bomb start and falsetto finish.
I like all rock n roll but Doo wop became my favorite.
I sang on and off, on the street corners of Providence RI never finding the right group members who
would commit. I eventually gave up singing but continued to collect my Doo wop.
1987 started it all over again when an a cappella group advertised for singers on a local Doo wop show.
Thinking at 40yrs old this may be my last shot at singing. I’d try again I called and we clicked right away.
We called the group the DeSotos original members were Russ Flanagan (who owned a 1958 Desoto) Jim
Fisher, Kathy Carroll, and myself. We opened many oldies shows including gigs at the Warwick Musical
Theatre and did some local commercials on radio and TV. (Confession- I once sang the Diary to Connie
Francis) We sang from New Hampshire to Long Island NY. I left the group in 1996.
I did some of the background singing on The Videls CD (The Very Best of the Videls Yesterday and
I did some singing on and off including trying to get the Del Rays (Lorraine-The Bounce on Planet
records) back together. It didn’t work out. Then in 2004 Street Corner Serenade needed a Tenor and it
started all over again.
Now I’m singing with Street Corner Serenade and Reminisce I have the best of both worlds. I get to sing
a cappella, and with a band consisting of committed talented people.
Jo-Ann Dumas - Lead vocals, tenor
Jo-Ann has been singing professionally for over 39 years. She has traveled and performed extensively
throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, including Las Vegas, as well as cruise ships sailing out
of California. She has been the opening act for such greats as Rodney Dangerfield, The Grass Roots,
Grand Funk Railroad The Platters and the list goes on. She also traveled and worked with The Playmates
(of "Beep Beep" fame) until she left to pursue her own show.
The "Jo-Ann Dumas Show" was the headlining act at such venues as The Hilton Hotels, The Four Seasons
Hotel Chain (Canada), and The Sheraton Hotels, to name a few. Her vocal repertoire spans over fifty
years of music, from the big band era right up to the 21st century. She has performed every genre of
music. (Except for "Opera") but you never know!!! Jo-Ann has been known to say, "I have no plans of
getting out of the business any time soon. As long as I can sing, I will continue to do what I love best"
Ron Iacobucci - First tenor, lead vocals
Started singing in my first vocal group in 1957 at the age of 15. We were a group of friends from the Mt.
Pleasant area of Providence. I myself grew up in the Italian section of Providence called Federal Hill. We
decided to name our group The Federials. Shortly after we were introduced to songwriter Jimmy Crane
who had a song for us, it was called "Why Try to Change Our Love", a ballad. We recorded a demo of it
and off we went to New York City. We headed to the Brill Building and went floor to floor with our
demo. That was the place to get noticed. While in New York we met a woman Millie D'Rosa from
Elizabeth New Jersey. We signed her as our manager. She got us signed with a small recording label
called Kenya Records which was in Harlem. We didn't do much with the recording or the Record Label
and kind of gave up that pursuit.
I went into the service at age 17 and when finished I got married and started a family. Couldn't give up
singing harmony and kept singing with different guys for pleasure. I started a new group with Ron Lewis,
Roy Hodges (my cousin) and Russ Benoit. We did backup vocals for a singer named Dickie Doyle. We
recorded "Little Baby Lee" sometime in the 60's. We weren't doing to much and stopped for a while.
Then we met Jack Mento and Henry D'Lozio who were with a group called Flashback. We hit it off and
soon started Reminisce (a cappella). Ron Lewis, lead, myself as 1st tenor, Roy Hodges as 2nd tenor, Jack
Mento as baritone and Henry D'Lozio as bass. After getting a big break to perform at Radio City Music
Hall (twice), we decided to make the move to a full band. That is how we stand today.
Frank Gargiulo - Second tenor, lead vocals
Is from Massachusetts. He became a member of Reminisce around 2005 although he had been filling in
with the group for many years. Although versatile in all harmony parts, he sings most of the middle
tenor parts and contributes to the groups lead vocals. His keen ear for harmony was honed as member
various doo-wop acappella vocal groups since he was in high school.
Jack Mento - Baritone, bass, lead vocals
Started singing on street corners in the Eagle-Park/Charles-Street areas of Providence, RI at about the
age 17. After returning from a 3-year commitment in the Army, I met up with 3 other guys and
eventually formed an a cappella group known as “Flashback”. The other members were: Henry D’Alosio,
Jim Fisher and Russ Flanagan, The group became a 5-man group with the addition of Ron Lewis. When
Flashback disbanded, 3 of its members went on to form the group known as “Reminisce” by the addition
of Ronnie Iacobucci and Roy Hodges. The group began as an a cappella group and lasted that way for a
year, with the high point being our 2 performances on the Radio City Music Hall Stage. We decided to
add music behind our very strong vocals in order for us to take our group to the next level. It was and
still is one of the popular oldies groups in the New England area. After several membership changes and
over 20 years, we are still having fun and pleasing fans.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who were once a member of Reminisce and
played an important part in the group’s longevity, popularity and reputation. They were and still are
considered members of Reminisce and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your years of service to
the group. You are always welcome anywhere we are and can always share in the harmony or music of
I also want to take this opportunity to thank all our fans who have been loyal to Reminisce, some for
over 20 years. It is to them that we dedicate this web-site and hope it makes you proud of us. We never
forget to thank the fans for without you, we would not be in existence today. THANK YOU, FANS.
Barry Kessler - Drums
Ever since the late 50’s, Doo Wop has been drummer Barry Kessler’s first and favorite music. Spinning
records back then gave him a clever ear for music structure, which naturally made his drumming
versatile in all phases of music. Performing in Rhode Island, Florida and traveling the east coast in
dozens of bands of popular varieties over the years, he has helped give Reminisce a quantum leap back
to the 50’s & 60’s sound in this present time.
Phil Mullen - Saxophones, flute and harmonica
Guitar and banjo
Phil has been performing at various venues and with varying styles of music, since 1965. Phil also
performs as a member of other bands in Rhode Island. He is a very talented and in demand musician.
Reminisce is proud to have him as a member and hope to keep him very busy. Phil has been a great
asset to Reminisce since his joining the Group, a little over a year ago. Phil takes the time to study the
songs picked by the group to perform. As a result, you will hear the sax, flute and harmonica solos
exactly like the original songs the group performs, adding to the authentic record sound Reminisce
Not only is Phil a magnificent sax flute and harmonica player, he also doubles as the guitar player for
Reminisce. When our original guitar player decided to expand on his own career, Phil asked if he could
take on the additional task of being the guitar player for Reminisce. He said it would be exciting and
challenging. We thought it would be too much for one person but, guess what, he proved us wrong. Phil
has the same enthusiasm and dedication for playing guitar as he does the other instruments he plays.
You will hear this in his reproduction of the authentic guitar solos that are in the original songs
performed by Reminisce, adding to the overall authentic sound Reminisce is known for.
The newest Member of Reminisce
Al will be playing
keyboards for us,
but he is a
singer, Platinum winning
song writer and producer.
Our Song Titles List
(Updated on Jan 1st 2014)
1000 Stars in the sky
16 Sixteen Candles
ABC's of Love
Annie Had a baby
At the Hop
Best Part of Breaking Up
Big Girls Don't Cry
Can't We Be Sweethearts
Chapel of Dreams
Close your eyes
Come Go With Me
Could this be magic
Crazy Little Mama/Bim Bam Boom
Cry Baby Cry
Da Do Run Run
Dance Girl Dance
Dedicated to the one I love
Diamond & Pearls
Do I Love You
Domenic the Donkey
Duke of earl
Four -O- Nine 409
Gee (The Crows)
Get A Job
Great Balls of Fire
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
Have you heard
He's Sure The Boy I Love
I Really Love You
I Want You to Be My Girl
I'm So Happy
In the still of the night
Is There A Love
It's Only Make Believe
Jingle Bell Rock
Just 2 kinds of people
Just To Be With You
Let's Fall In Love
Let's Go, Let’s Go, Let's Go
Lion Sleeps Tonight
Little Girl of Mine
Looking For An Echo
Love Came To Me
Made For Lovers
Morse code of love
Mr. Lonely is My Name
My Heart's Desire
My Own true love
My Vow to You
Never Fall in Love Again
Oh What A Night
Old time rock n roll
One summer night
Pennies from heaven
Please Don't Ask Me to Be Lonely
Please Mr. Postman
Please Say You Want Me
Pretty Blue Eyes
Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Rama Lama Ding Dong
Recess in Heaven
Rock Around The Clock
Shake Rattle & Roll
Shama Lama Ding Dong
Since I Don't Have You
Step by Step
Thank You and Goodnight
That's the Way It Goes
The Boy From NYC
The Closer You Are
The Great Pretender
The Way You Do The Things You Do
The Way You Look Tonite
There goes my love
This I swear
Tonight could be the night
Tonight I fell In Love
True True Love
Under the Boardwalk
Up on the Roof
Whacha Gonna Do
What A Surprise
When you dance
Whole Lot of Shakin'
Why do fools fall in love
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrcw
You belong to me