THE BAND

ELI 

ALFIERI

ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC GUITARS, LYRICIST, SONGWRITING, VOCALS

Eli started writing songs in second grade and met Benito after playing one in a talent show in 7th grade.  They immediately started skipping class to play music together all day and for the rest of high school played in a number of different bands together. 

BENITO

COUNTOURIS

BOUZOUKI, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

Benito took piano and voice lessons from a young age and picked up the drums around the time he met Eli in 8th grade.  The two became fast friends through music and broke many, many school rules together.  The two decided to make a serious run at a professional career in music after Benito realized that his true passion in life was playing music during his first semester of college.

JOE

HODGES

KEYBOARDS, SONGWRITING, SYNTHESIZER

Joe moved to Pittsburgh from Texas, and even though he was in 7th grade he became the pianist in the high school jazz band.  This is where he met Eli and the two quickly realized they had a profound musical connection.  They started playing together in the Pittsburgh jazz scene and not long after Eli invited him to jam with Benito.  This was the beginning of Wild Blue Yonder.

LIAM

KELLY

BASS GUITAR

Born in the White Cliffs of Dover, Liam grew up farming potatoes in Northern Ireland.  He then walked across the sea to the mainland where learned to play bass from a French Poodle.  The poodle offered to construct him his own bass from a Rosewood tree, but Liam instead opted for a 5 string Yamaha.  The poodle immediately disowned Liam as his apprentice.  Distraught, Liam joined Wild Blue Yonder in 2019 to provide the foundation the band needed to reach new musical heights.

DAN SAWYER

ORGAN, TRUMPET

Dan got his technique and fundamentals from classical piano, but he really started to get into music after discovering the blues.  This evolved into a love for Jazz and Dan wrote and arranged for his own soul/blues/jazz band that he had in high school.  Dan and Eli met at the University of Pittsburgh after a jazz jam session.  Around this time, Joe took a brief sabbatical to complete a spiritual pilgrimage to find the true soul of music in what scholars think was the Garden of Eden.  Eli asked Dan to fill in on keys while Joe was on his journey, and the connection between him and the band was too strong to end when Joe returned.  Dan became the band's principal organist soon after.

BETSY

SCHMELER

ELECTRIC GUITAR

Betsy started playing guitar at age eight, and had her face melted at a KISS concert at age nine.  After discovering Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck she decided to take music a little more seriously.  Benito was friends with Betsy's older sister and she was the first person to come to mind when the band wanted to add a second guitar to better capture the multiple guitar tracks that were featured on the band's first single.  Betsy added the rock to the band's roll.

Management & Booking

A.J. Prestogeorge, Manager WBY

Email: Management@WildBlueYonderPittsburgh.com             

 

Phone:

412-736-7636

Band out of Pittsburgh, PA

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