Mike Cuomo, the Tribunes’ lead vocalist, began singing at age 15 at Bryant High School, taught by his good friend Joe “Buzzy” Clements. His professional singing career started with the Del-Larks. In 1965, he cut an a cappella album on Relic Records, “The Best of A Cappella, Vol.5” with the Uniques, as the first tenor. After a hiatus, he started singing again in 1998 with Larry Galvin of the Traditions, switching from first tenor to lead vocals. He later helped form the new Tribunes.
Les Levine, bass vocalist, first entered the music business on a recording featuring Paul Simon and Ritchie Cordell, on the Rori record label, for the 1962 hit, “Tick-Tock.” In the late 1970s through the early 1990s, Les also helped to establish the now fabled a cappella group B Q E (Brooklyn-Queens Express). Les then went on to work and record with the Arrogants of “Canadian Sunset” fame. He also lent his talents to the “Coney Island Baby” Excellents, being featured on the Starlight Disc label, Volume 2. During his career he has worked with one of the finest Manhattan cabaret acts in NYC, Silk City. In early 1995, he joined the world famous, and now legendary, Del-Vikings.
Johnny Costello is an original member of the 1957 Tribunes of New York City. Costello recorded with the group on the Derrick record label, owned by Harlem legend Paul Winley. The Tribunes’ 1957 song, “Code of Love,” set the stage for many more rhythm and blues interpretations of music, and inspired many comparable recordings in that era. Costello has indeed lent the best of his talents in perpetuating the original sound of an era gone by, and molded it for today’s nostalgia enthusiasts.
Bert Achilla is no stranger to the group singing scene, having sung with Shades of Soul and, recently, the Teenchords. Achilla adds an exciting element to The Tribunes’ sound, bringing to the group soul and his high falsetto voice. Growing up in El Barrio, he shares a love of a cappella singing. You can find him haunting many of the doo wop venues in the New York metropolitan area.
Shelly Wengrovsky, second tenor/lead, has performed with a number of oldies acts since the 1960s, when he was a member of The Royals in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then, Wengrovsky has made numerous nightclub, television, and radio appearances as a member of South Ninth Street, Cathy Jean & The Roommates (as seen on the 2012 PBS “My Music” television specials, “Rockin’ ‘N’ Rollin’ in NYC” and “The Last Doo Wop Show on Earth,” hosted by T.J Lubinsky), as well as with The Del-Vikings. Wengrovsky’s smooth vocal style is a welcome addition to the sound of The Tribunes.
Cost of admission is $26 for adults and $17 for students through high school, for main floor seating, and $21 for adults and $14 for students through high school, for the balcony. All seats are general admission this year. Doors will open at 7 pm. For tickets call (802) 464-8411 or visit www.memhall.org.