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Aldo was born into a family that was musically gifted. His desire to play music with them is what launched his musical career at the age of 12. The first instrument he learned to play was an accordion, which he would play weekly at his Uncle’s lounge. After moving to California in his early 20’s, he developed techniques in several styles of music and has since taken on the role as the band leader and founder of several musical groups. Inspired by groups such as the Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash, his enthusiasm to learn new styles of music continues to grow.
Darnelle (Lady D)
Darnelle's passion for entertaining surfaced when she was introduced to Karaoke. It was then that she decided to establish her own business hosting karaoke shows for public and private events. While performing at a karaoke show, she met her husband, Aldo, band leader of many and founder of the Route 88 Band. He invited her to join the band as their lead singer. Darnelle is a seasoned performer of various genres of music. She took on Rock, Country, Pop, and Blues, lending each genre her own signature flair. There is nothing more exciting to her than performing at special events and becoming a memorable part of those special times. Her joy is evident and her excitement is contagious. In addition to singing, she keeps light rhythm as a percussionist and occasionally taps a few notes on the keyboard. Darnelle is dedicated to the band and to the audience. When she's not entertaining, she's busy with the business side with her continuing efforts in the band's marketing and social media.
Ken performs his magic on guitar by creating his own unique licks and riffs. His interest in guitar began in 1965, at which time the Ed Sullivan show was a “really BIG show”. Bands such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Animals were just a few of the great up-and-coming rock n’ roll bands that inspired Ken’s guitar playing. After seeing the gleam in Ken’s eyes as various musicians appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, Ken's father went to the local music store and rented a Kent guitar and a small Danelectro tube amplifier for his son. During Ken’s high school years, he would play in garage bands along with his best friend, Ray. Today, they continue to jam with other former high school musicians. Ken feels very fortunate that he was able to grow up in the bay area and see the surfacing of legendary bands such as Cream, Ten Years After, Led Zeppelin, and Santana at venues such as the Fillmore and Winterland. His love for rock music is insatiable. Ken has been Aldo’s “right-hand man” for the past twelve years and is a founding member of the Route 88 Band.
Larry’s early interest in music developed as his two older sisters began playing records on their music player. Larry’s first instrument was an acoustic guitar that his father purchased from Montgomery Wards. Who would have known that Montgomery Wards sold instruments! He then moved on to an electric guitar, eager to learn the songs that he was hearing on the radio. Still attending school, his family moved to Alaska, where he graduated. After graduation, Larry formed a band, winning that year’s “Battle Of The Bands”. Not long after, he served a four-year term in the Navy but resumed playing music and took up Bass. He provides a solid foundation for the Route 88 band while contributing his strong lead and back up vocals. Larry’s desire for entertaining keeps him busy performing with his church’s music team, and volunteering his weekly solo acoustic/vocal act at the local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Aaron took interest in drumming in middle school. He was inspired by a friend who had shared music lessons with him. Aaron preferred the physicality of drums over the violin and saxophone, both of which he had attempted to play but soon discovered wasn't his niche. He performed in the High School marching band, performing in the drum section and later competed in and won several competitions. Aaron furthered his passion for providing the heartbeat of the band by incorporating a sample pad to heighten the effects of the drums. Aaron also adds variety to his shows by occasionally bringing out his electronic drums. Aaron feels gratification when he observes the audience dancing or tapping their toes to the rhythm of the beat or just singing along.