Band Bio

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The Spare Parts Vocal Band produces music using their hearts, souls and voices. The band performs and produces recordings which might be described as an eclectic mix of pop covers and original works.

 

About Us

Founded in 2002, the Spare Parts Vocal Band has performed at coffee house gigs, fundraisers, competitions, business meetings, open mike nights, cabaret nights, schools, street corner serenades…basically anywhere that looked like it would be fun. We recently have become involved in writing our own music and producing our own records.

We do most of this in Central New Jersey.

Don’t forget to look at our upcoming gig list.  Come see us!  We’d love to meet you!

Band Interests

SPVB is always interested in being heard live, advancing our skills in recording artistry, and meeting those who might be interested in helping us achieve these goals.

Individual Bios

Katie Lynn Barnard

New Jersey, a cappella, Vocalists, Performers, Composers, Arrangers, Singers, Vocal Band, Voices, Contemporary a cappella, Music, vocal ensemble, choral music, beatbox, vocal percussion, live from new jersey, lambertville, new hope pennsylvania, pennington, asbury park, princeton, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, voice, a cappella group

Katie is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College and has performed operatic and theatrical roles on stages all over the world.

When she’s not singing with SPVB she runs a private voice lesson studio in Plainsboro, NJ. She can also be found singing with the Queenship of Mary church choir, crooning original songs with jazz trios around the tri-state area, or laying down smooth background vocals in local sound studios.

Katie is thrilled to be the newest Spare Part making great Acapella music for everyone to enjoy!

Mike Schwartz

New Jersey, a cappella, Vocalists, Performers, Compsers, Arrangers, Singers, Vocal Band, Voices, Contemporary a cappella, Music, vocal ensemble, choral music, beatbox, vocal percussion, live from new jersey, lambertville, new hope pennsylvania, pennington, asbury park, princeton, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, voice, a cappella group

Along with Laura, Mike comes to Spare Parts from the Boston soul group, The Elements, where he was mad-arranger-visionary-guy.  And a baritone.  Before that, he co-founded the semi-pro vocal band Similar Jones, and sang with & directed Brandeis University VoiceMale.  Before before that, he founded the Brown University Bear Necessities.  He got his first a cappella legs under him singing doo-wop and barbershop with the so-square-they-were-cool Avon Old Farms (high school) Riddlers, an experience which completely altered the trajectory of his life.  His embarrassing-but-not-as-much-as-you’d-think a cappella nickname is “Snake.”

By day, he teaches writing and supernatural/romantic literature.  He currently hangs his hat in Princeton with his wife & two young ‘uns.

Laura Leanza

New Jersey, a cappella, Vocalists, Performers, Compsers, Arrangers, Singers, Vocal Band, Voices, Contemporary a cappella, Music, vocal ensemble, choral music, beatbox, vocal percussion, live from new jersey, lambertville, new hope pennsylvania, pennington, asbury park, princeton, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, voice, a cappella group

Laura is psyched to have reunited with co-former Element, Mike, after her recent stint on the dark side, aka singing WITH instruments.

Over the years she has enjoyed performing with cover bands, musical theater and marching band (?)(!), to name a few.  Her favorite role was “popping pussies into pies” as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd.  Laura’s acapella journey began when she rushed the Haverford College Sorority, Oxford Blues.

By day she gets paid to cuddle with puppies and kittens (and sometimes poke them with sharp objects).  Dr. Laura spends her evenings planning the wedding of the century with her fiancee, Michael.  She loves being with her family, friends, and pets and is currently shoeing the world, one sparkly pair of TOMS at a time.  You can still catch her breaking all of the acapella rules with her Massachusetts based band, the Lookouts (indexed in library card catalogues under “Lookouts, Laura and the”).

Steve Maria

New Jersey, a cappella, Vocalists, Performers, Compsers, Arrangers, Singers, Vocal Band, Voices, Contemporary a cappella, Music, vocal ensemble, choral music, beatbox, vocal percussion, live from new jersey, lambertville, new hope pennsylvania, pennington, asbury park, princeton, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, voice, a cappella group

Steve got started singing a cappella in high school after hearing the likes of Rockapella, Five O’Clock Shadow, and Ball In The House in concert and thinking “hey, I could do that!”. He then went on to start and direct a high school male sextet called the Overtones, sing with the Higher Keys while at Brown, found and direct a graduate student group called AFM at Princeton, and assemble the original Spare Parts in 2002.

After twenty years and four groups, he’s finally willing to admit that creating and performing a cappella music might be a little more complicated than he originally thought. Whether singing tenor, arranging music, fiddling with the SPVB live sound system, or working on recordings in his home “studio” (studio sounds better than “basement”), Steve’s psyched about the chance to create and bring innovative a cappella music to audiences everywhere.

When not away on secret government missions to Area 51, Steve can be found in Hopewell Township with his wife (founding Spare Part Julianna) and their 2-but-soon-to-be-3 children.

Stephen Croce

New Jersey, a cappella, Vocalists, Performers, Compsers, Arrangers, Singers, Vocal Band, Voices, Contemporary a cappella, Music, vocal ensemble, choral music, beatbox, vocal percussion, live from new jersey, lambertville, new hope pennsylvania, pennington, asbury park, princeton, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, voice, a cappella group

Stephen spent his early childhood on the lonely plains of the Serengeti where he was exposed to unaccompanied vocal music utterances via songs sung by traveling African tribal elders, poachers, thieves, pelt traders, flea-bitten tramps, buffalo soldiers, skulking loafers, lazy scoundrels, jolly rogues, fierce pirates, vagabonds, and head-hunters.  As a youth in the Australian outback he whiled away many hours honing the art of making aboriginal clicking noises with his mouth.  In later transfigurative years at The University,  music was the primary means by which to attempt to woo the female…..and by jingo, the thing actually worked!

Tragically,  Stephen was exposed to some sort of chemmical, fume, or some say a virus that altered his brain in such a way to make him want to actually produce “real” music and maybe one day even succeed as a musician.  This unfortunately, led to a mash-up of studies in a variety of sonic and performance mediums, for the most part in which he has discovered shockingly few artistic gifts. Stephen’s true talent is a simple lack of common sense, polly-annic delusion and quixotic devotion to lost causes.  These traits have led him to hang around SPVB for a while now, mostly because the other talented folks feel sorry for him and are kind enough to let him stay.

 

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