Mike Spagnuolo (lead vocalist, guitar)
At the age of 7 Mike got his very first guitar. As he picked and plucked for the next few years, he began to learn the basics of playing. As he entered into his teen years, he started learning many songs and began to play in cover bands with his high school buds. Always hungering for more he pursued his passion playing anywhere and anytime he could. Living in Buffalo during the late 70’s and early 80’s, the music scene was thriving with hair bands emerging everywhere. Mike jumped into the scene playing gigs whenever he could. Covering music by bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue and many others. Mike also loved playing music from the 70’s all along from bands like Three Dog Night, Doobie Brothers, America, all the way to bands like Aerosmith. Not to mention bands emerging in the mid 80’s such as Howard Jones, Triumph, Cyndi Lauper and Queen. Playing music from the 70’s and 80’s became a daily part of his life. Mike has played in many areas music. Not only has he played and been lead vocalist in cover bands he has also been involved in the Christian music industry writing and recording and has shared the stage with many national acts. He and Todd have been playing together since 2000 when they started a band called Falling North, and Frank since 2012. Todd, Frank and Mike also play in their churches, as well as their worship band called Sunday Morning Story. Mike has been playing guitar and singing for over 37 years. He plays Gibson, G&L and Alvarez guitars. He uses Fender and Marshall Amps.
Todd Eckard (drums, percussion, background vocals)
Todd started playing drums at age 5. Throughout his career, he has taught drums and percussion privately and has instructed area High School drum lines. Sharing the stage with many local and national musicians, Todd has played with members of the US Airforce Band, The Washington Starlight Express, and the Marine Corps drumline. Experience with notable national acts include Maynard Ferguson and jazz quartet Java Jive. Some of Todd's most memorable performances came with some great local bands that included Next of Kin, Falling North, Sunday Morning Story and The Flirtations. Todd lives in Danville with his wife Cara, his son Braeden and daughter Briannan. He is super-stoked to be playing drums with Avenue E alongside Mike, Joe and Frank. Todd holds that "the rhythm section is never wrong" and plays DW and Ludwig drums, Evans drumheads, paiste cymbals, LP percussion and Pro-Mark sticks.
Joe Andes (keyboards, guitar)
Joe started playing in bands at the age of 15. Although he was a classically-trained piano player, he started his music career playing bass (mainly because he couldn’t afford a keyboard!). But before long, he transitioned to playing all keyboards which has been his main instrument ever since. Joe has had the pleasure of playing in a variety of local and regional bands, including Slave, Tundra, Toyz, Bingo’s Diesel, Rapunzel, Passage, The Great Rock Scare, and national recording act, Dakota. He also played in a duo called Spidervein, in which he played both keyboards and guitar (which he learned over the many years of playing with great guitarists). But it was his time with the very popular regional band Abilene that Joe has had his most memorable experiences. Although Abilene disbanded in the early 80’s, there have been several reunions during which Abilene performed in concert as the opening act for The Charlie Daniels Band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Scaggs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Beach Boys. Being on the big stages was a thrill of a lifetime, and nothing will ever surpass the experience and appreciation expressed by the unbelievable Abilene fans at those shows and over the many years of performances. Joe’s musical influences are many and varied. He finds himself drifting from one genre to another, but really appreciates talented musicianship and songwriting in any style. While it would be impractical to list all, Joe would have to say his biggest influences are The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Yes, and The Rippingtons. Quite a variety. More recently, he has become a big fan of gothic/orchestral metal bands such as Epica, Within Temptation, Nightwish, and Kamelot, but is always listening to new music and is a big fan of mostly heavier rock from the 60’s through today. Joe has “retired” from playing several times in the past, but something keeps pulling him back in. Over the past few years, he performed with Abilene in yet another “reunion tour” (that lasted over 2 years), followed by a few Dakota reunion shows. After these last performances, Joe was sure he was done for good – but not so. It took some convincing, but Joe finally decided to give it another go. He is very excited about this new opportunity to play with a new group of musicians, and hopes that Avenue E begins a new chapter in his musical journey. Joe currently plays a Kurzweil keyboard along with a Studiologic MIDI controller. For guitar duties, he plays an Ibanez electric and a Rogue acoustic.
Frank Shoemaker (bass)
Frank has 20 years experience as a bassist. He has played with several bands including Sunday Morning Story and studio project band Lucid Dream. Frank resides in Danville with his wife Barbara, they have seven children and four grandchildren. To lay down the bottom end for Avenue E, Frank uses Fender, Tobias and Michael Kelly basses, Gallien Kruger 800RB amp w/ Hartke 410 cabinet, Alesis Quadraverb GT, Hartke Kickback 12 and GHS Bass Boomer Strings.