Formed in 2010, the Eastern Hellbenders are a group of professional musicians who came together over their mutual love of alternative and classic rock music.
Lead vocalists Kara DeLucia & Donna DeLucia are a unique mother/daughter duo whose harmonies have a warmth to them that can only be led back to their familial bond. Kara's soulful and standout contralto voice sets the tone for the band's indie sound; she has been singing professionally since she was 14 years old, and is currently a student at Drexel University where she further hones her talents by studying entertainment and arts management.
Donna has sang professionally for tri-state area rock bands since the 1980's. Over a 20-year period, she was a lead singer for the popular, country/rock group "Bandito" and then the classic rock band "Prankster." More recently, she toured with the "Wizards of Winter" as a backup singer for their 2015 season.
Jeff Ganis plays lead and rhythm guitar. Jeff got his professional start playing with a popular original music band in Connecticut called "Batteries Not Included". When he relocated to New Jersey in the late 90's he was one of the founding members of the classic rock band "Prankster."
Alan Tofig brings his unique touch to the band playing mandolin/banjo/dobro and guitar. Alan was a founding member of local favorite PA band "Well Strung" and continues to play with the Well Strung Acoustic Trio.
Zach Romano plays all things percussion. Having played for over 25 years, Zach's influences include Marc Quinones (of the Allman Brothers Band) and Mickey Hart (of The Grateful Dead). He has played with great local artists such as "Walnut Street", "Ten Foot Tall Band" and "What the Funk."
Johanna Miele is a bass player and backing vocalist for the Eastern Hellbenders. She has been performing with classic rock and oldies bands on Long Island and in New Jersey for the last 30 years. She also currently plays bass for "Late Night Kennel Club", "Union Street Jam" and the "Celtic Rebels". Prior to moving to Flemington, NJ from Long Island, she played keyboards for doo-wop groups and oldies bands.