OFF THE HOOK - Bio

OFF THE HOOK is a combination of a few very successful bands. The jelling of the rythem section and the singer is unpresidented. Michael Castella Vocalist, Art Marzigliano Bass Player, Mike Pasco guitarist, Santino Farro Drums,  Fred Waxenburg on Sax & Keys.

 

Michael Casstella - Lead Vocals

Mike started singing at a very young age performing in school plays and theater throughout his youth. Mike’s first rock band Clearcutt gained popularity around the Queens and Bronx circuit. Mike went on hiatus for over 15 yrs to start a family but got the music bug back around 2009. He joined a working rock band called the Urban Street Gypsys that worked a bunch of the Long Island circuit as well as the city. He changed the band name to Cover2Cover in 2015 and with the change of members and repertoire the band has been very successful on the Long Island circuit. Mike wanted to make himself a little more diverse by joining a disco dance band called OFF THE HOOK.  We look forward to having a great summer on Long Island this year and hope you can be a part of it

Arty Marzigliano

Arty Marzigliano

Artie has been managing and booking bands successfully for the past 25 years. Starting with STIR CRAZY. A female fronted party band.  "Stir Crazy" has had a very steady run basically booked every weekend. Arty  has played with all the best musicians on Long Island.  After meeting the guys in another band,  they decided to change the name due to the comments from the crowd, " THESE GUYS ARE OFF THE HOOK."  Arty  uses a cordless system so he can be out in the crowd dancing with the fans and getting the people up and parting  going from the 1st song to the last. 

Mike Pasco - Lead Guitar & Vocals

Mike Pasco

Mike Pasco

Mike began his professional career with pop-rockers The Move, recording and playing clubs throughout the tri-state area. 

From My Fathers Place in Long Island to CBGB’s in New York City to Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ, finally signing with Cheryl Records.  Eventually Mike left to pursue a solo career writing, producing and recording his own material as 3D Music.  In the Nineties, Mike once again hit the road, this time with rockers Talon, recording and gigging all over the metropolitan area with a noticeable performance at New York’s China Club.  After several years of gigging the Long Island circuit with The Nuthin Fancy Band, Rockhouse, Little Rock, Cover-Up and The Down And Dirty Band, Mike found his home with Off The Hook where his funky guitar playing and gritty vocals are a perfect compliment.

" Dr. Fred " Waxenberg - Sax, Keys & Vocals

" Dr. Fred "  Waxenberg

" Dr. Fred " Waxenberg

Dr. Fred plays a variety of saxophones, flute, keyboard and sings.  Audiences are amazed by his unique ability to play sax and keyboard simultaneously.  He has performed and recorded with a variety of musical groups. He is a major asset to our project. 

Santino Farro

Drums & Vocals

Having performed across the Tri-State area in a variety of musical acts, Santino brings a unique background to Off The Hook. As a child raised by Peruvian and Italian immigrants and with experience as a bassist, drummer and vocalist, he possesses a diverse range of musical tastes and a deep passion for rhythm, all of which he incorporates into his approach to the music. He was born to make you dance!