Bio

Sam Sims (Singer-Songwriter)

Sam Sims began his musical journey at age seven, learning piano from his mother, and was writing original songs by age fourteen. Sam performs on guitar, ukulele and harmonica, and his eclectic style incorporates Folk-Rock, Hawaiian/Reggae and Acoustic Soul/Pop. Many of Sam's original compositions have a laid-back island flavor inspired by nature. 

Sam has shared stages with well-respected acts such as Willie Nile (who frequently plays with Bruce Springsteen), Steve Forbert, Trevor Hall and Rob Machado (surfer extraordinaire). Sam Sims Band opened large shows for Bob Marley’s legendary band, The Wailers (in 2014 and again in 2015). 

Sam works with Bruce Springsteen’s producer and his songs have been licensed and featured on prime-time television shows (CBS’ Hawaii 5-0 aired Sam’s Hawaiian Christmas Song in 2013 and 2014). He has performed at the NAMM show, showcased at venues during the Sundance Film Festival and played on The Mountain Morning Show, Park City Television, Park City, UT. Additionally, Sam has performed in a variety of locations to include: New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Hawaii, California, Utah, Washington DC, Texas, Nicaragua, Tobago, and Costa Rica.

Missions:  encouraging positivity; writing and performing high-quality music; providing music education through performance and charitable outreach.

Outreach:  Sam has volunteered in the United States and Nicaragua for charitable organizations such as Shining-Through-Shadows, Waves-For-Water, The Light-of-Day Foundation, Campership of Monmouth County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Waves-of-Hope, Change a Life Uganda, Global Camps Africa, Family Promise of Monmouth County, Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation, NAMI, Mary's Place, CFC Loud N Clear Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Joan Dancy & PALS (People with ALS) Foundation, Marine Resources Council, Monmouth Cultural Center, Sandy Hook Concert Series, Film One Festival, Highlands Clam Festival, and Monmouth University Fundraiser For Humane Society of Tinton Falls.

Some of Sam’s musical influences include Van Morrison, David Gray, Jim Croce, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. Sam’s personal interests include surfing, SUP, yoga, swimming and meditation. The currently released catalog of songs is available here:

Songs are available worldwide from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other distributors…
 
Follow the music here…
www.samsimsmusic.com 
www.youtube.com/samsimsband
www.facebook.com/samsimsband
www.pandora.com/sam-sims

Dimitris Kulaga (Percussion & BVs)

MUSICIAN: Percussionist, Drummer, Vocalist.

INSTRUMENTS: Congas, Tumba, Bongos, Djembe, Timbales, Clave, Cabasa, Tambourine, Cow Bells, Shakers, Chimes, Kalimbas, Cajon, Turkish Drum, Guiro, Full Drum Kit

GENRES: Blues, Classic Rock, Folk, Reggae, Island, Funk, Hard Rock, Latin, R&B, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz and Soul

CAREER: Dimitris began his musical journey at age twelve, learning to play drums inspired by teen friend Tico Torres of Bon Jovi. His passion to play hand percussion came later in life inspired by Shelia E. of Prince. Dimitris has performed with musicians of multiple genres, and has performed internationally with colleges, cruise ships and land excursions. His performances have sailed him through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian Seas.

Dimitris has worked as a studio percussionist and drummer with many artists. He has performed with over 400+ musicians and bands and is the percussion player and backing singer for the Sam Sims Band (which includes the multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Sam Sims and guitar virtuoso Kyle Ward). He also plays in the group, Square Head with Thor Tollefsen and Mark Jones; and Timekeypers with Bill Sapienza. Dimitris has played music internationally and also performed at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, California.

OUTREACH: Dimitris, is a member of various non profit organizations; the Count Basie Theater, and Musicians on a Mission. Furthermore, he has helped the Monmouth County Arts Council, Joan Dancy & PALS (People with ALS) Foundation, Light-of-Day Foundation, Mary's Place, CFC Loud N Clear Foundation, Monmouth Cultural Center,  Sandy Hook Concert Series, Film One Festival, Highlands Clam Festival, and Monmouth University Fundraiser For Humane Society of Tinton Falls.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Acoustic Alchemy, Arturo Fuerte, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Four Play, Gypsy King, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Journey, Kenny G, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Rodriquez, Santana, Shelia E, Spiro Gyro, Stevie Wonder, Train, Yanni, Jack Johnson, David Gray, ZZ Top and ZAZ.

PERSONAL LIFE: Dimitris enjoys weight lifting, biking, and traveling to places where he finds inspiration (such as the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Italia and the Greek isles). He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family, and friends. While playing music, Dimitris was a banker in his past career. His love for music and percussion spans a lifetime.

Kyle Ward (Lead Guitar & BVs)

Kyle Ward is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who started playing guitar at eight and drums shortly thereafter. He recently graduated from Berklee College of Music and has been lead guitarist for award winning bands along the New Jersey Shore. His band Ardvark Smile won the "Rock-to-the-Top" Contest at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park after beating out 100 other groups and selling out their headlining show at the venue.  Kyle has been the lead guitarist for several groups including the Sam Sims Band, Scott Elk and ithe WimBash-All Stars.  

Kyle graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven High School where he received the Performing Arts Society Award as well as the John Philip Sousa Award for Musical Excellence.  In the summer of 2014, Kyle was an honoree at the Rockin’ Music Academy of Middletown and was recognized as one of the best guitarists in the history of the Academy.  He was welcomed into the Holiday Express family of musicians in November 2014, and he is now their youngest instrumentalist.

In High School, Kyle participated in many prestigious music programs including Summer programs at the Berklee College of Music, the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Camp, University of the Arts Summer Jazz Performance Program, NYU Future Music Moguls at the Clive Davis School of Music, The Jazz Arts Program and Rockit at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, School of Rock All Stars, Rockin' Music Academy Band and Summer Programs, Musicians Studio and the RFHRHS Jazz and Percussion Ensembles.  He was also a finalist for best under twenty-one instrumentalist at the Asbury Park JAM Awards.

Kyle has taught private guitar lessons and worked in the Rockin' Music Academy Summer Camps as a musical counselor.  He worked as an Intern at Lake House Music / Recording Studio and also worked for Eventide Audio, a company that makes pedals and plugins for a wide variety of instruments. 

Kyle has perform with extraordinary musicians such as Bobby Bandiera, Matt O’Ree (Bon Jovi), Brian Kirk and the Jirks, Corey Glover and Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Daru Jones (Jack White Band), Heather Joseph and John McCarthy (Chemical Z), the Holiday Express musicians, Mark Rivera (Billy Joel), Rocky Bryant (Average White Band), Paul Pesco (Madonna; Hall & Oates), Quincy Mumford, Dramarama, Sam Sims, Scott Elk and Sofia Nicole.  Kyle has opened for Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why, Steve Forbert, The Haven, The Wailers and Willie Nile Band.

Kyle has performed at many amazing venues such as the NAMM Show (Anaheim Convention Center), Asbury Hotel, Commodore Grill in Nashville, Count Basie Theatre, Six Flags Great Adventure, McLoone’s Supper Club, PNC Bank Arts Center, Stone Pony, Strand Theatre and The Bitter End.

Aaron Manzo (Bass Guitar & BVs)

Aaron plays bass guitar, regular guitar, drums, and also sings vocals. He specializes in 80's and 90's music, but is extremely versatile in most genres. 

"Bass is my first love." (Aaron Manzo)

- Genres: Grunge, Psychedelic Rock, Club Rock, Acoustic, reggae

- Influences: The Doors, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Days of the New, Faith No More, Gaslight Anthem, Alice in Chains, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, Chris Cornell, Victor Wooten

- Musical Groups & Experience: Bassist of Sam Sims Band, Taylor Tote Band, and Omega Train, EMW. Lead singer of Woodfish. Also a guest performer with Moroccan Sheepherders and Carnival Dogs.

Aaron has also appeared on the First Downtown All Stars of Red Bank album "Bright Lights on Broad Street" and is being featured on the upcoming album "Magic on the Navesink". At a young age, Aaron has performed at a surprising number of venues across the United States as well as internationally. He has also performed with the Sam Sims Band at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, California. 

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