Piano, Lead Vocals
Tony was born into a musical family and began his musical journey at the age of 8. While he was fascinated with the piano, Tony studied guitar with his Father, Pat Monaco, and played it as his main instrument until the age of 13, winning both regional and national guitar competitions.
Over the years, his love for keyboards was rekindled when he fell in love with the Hammond organ and his first love, the piano. He studied piano with many teachers but credits Dave Frank (world renowned jazz pianist) for really focusing his efforts. As a result, many of his influences were jazz artists. However, when a close friend suggested he listen to more artists like Billy Joel, he became enamored with his genius. Billy’s piano style was one that Tony not only found inspiring, but also easier to relate to as an aspiring singer-songwriter with his own band, Thrills that did extensive recording and touring, opening for bands such as Foreigner, Quarterflash, Nick Lowe, Juice Newton, and Orleans, In the years following, Tony played with many of Long Island’s top bands until 1993, when he formed what he believes was one of the first tributes to the piano man, “Stormfront”, which earned him an audition for the traveling production of the Broadway show, “Movin’ Out”.
Now residing in South Florida, Tony has been reunited with his life long friend and former band mate from Thrills, Dave Fullerton. Dave along with both new and old friends has now joined forces with Tony to bring this band to life for all Billy Joel fans to enjoy!
Dave was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pa. and began playing Guitar at the age of 8. Shortly thereafter, he began playing in neighborhood and local bands and eventually met up with Tony Monaco. At the age of 13, they joined forces playing in various local bands together which eventually spawned into their recording and touring band, “Thrills”. Thrills relocated to New York where they toured and played nonstop for over 10 years and recorded 5 albums on the G&P label which are now available on CD (through Rewind Records).
Following the breakup of Thrills, Dave and Tony continued to work together until they both relocated to South Florida in 1995. After their relocation they did not work together for some 15 years. Needless to say, Dave was extremely excited when Tony asked him to be part of the Turnstiles Project and continue their lifelong musical journey.
Mark is the newest member of Turnstiles. Originally from the Boston area he's has been a fixture of the South Florida music scene. Mark was bitten by the music bug in his youth after watching his cousin’s band perform and much to his parent’s dismay soon picked up the sticks himself! He switched to bass in high school and that’s been his main instrument ever since.
Mark has worked with a wide range of national touring bands and now, he brings his extensive experience to Turnstiles. He’s also a sound engineer with several major label credits to his name. When not performing with Turnstiles, Mark can also be seen around South Florida with his band Chemradery.
“I was humbled and honored that Tony asked me to be a part of Turnstiles and jumped at the chance to be involved with such great musicians and even better people. I am excited about the future!"
Sax, Flute, Vocals
Born and Raised in Sunny South Florida (North West Miami /Scott Lake area...Carol City/Opa Locka Ish)
Putting out Fires By Day...Burning up the Music Scene By Night!
Multi Instrumentalist Primarily woodwinds, Started Playing Sax at 12 years old... His professional music career has spanned nearly 4 decades and has traveled him throughout the US and Abroad. When asked how long he's been playing music his reply is simply "Not Long Enough"...
Jody's Love and appreciation for the music of Billy Joel stems from back in the mid 70s when he 1st "experienced" what he considers to be one of the best song writers of our times...And now some 30 plus years later, in the company of an entire group of amazingly talented brothers who equally share in the Love of the music we are afforded the opportunity to play, you get to witness this kind of positive energy in every breath he takes as he takes his part in Turnstiles...In Jody's own words..."Each performance provides another opportunity to take it to the next level"... Watch out, Life is short...ROCK ON !!!
Since the age of 2, Jeff McDonald has had a passion for the drums, and or anything he could hit that would make sound. By the time he left high school, Jeff had studied with renowned teacher Joe Pulice, and had played with several drum and bugle corps, and marching bands including the Kilties, and Lighthouse Brigade.
Teaching for Horst’s music in Racine, WI. Jeff met Rex Merriweather, and soon became the drummer for R.E.X., an all-original horn band influenced by Chase, Tower of Power, and Chicago. This gave him the opportunity to open for artist such as Robert Cray, Chubby Checker, and several other artists. Soon after playing with Merriweather, Jeff got involved in the glam rock screen playing with Lyden Moon, and opening shows for Enuff-Znuff.
Shortly after moving to Florida in 1994, Jeff met members of the Truth, an industrial metal band influenced by Dream Theatre, Journey, and Deep Purple. Releasing “Believe” later that year, the Truth attracted the attention of Kansas band leader Steve Walsh, which led to an opening slot for the band. It was during this time that Jeff met Tony Monaco. They became instant friends, and have performed together in several bands over the past decade and a half. “It’s not very often that someone comes along in your life that influences you musically like Tony has for me. His drive and attention to every detail is what make playing music with him so rewarding.” Jeff was Tony’s obvious choice for the drum slot in Turnstiles…….and the rest is history!
Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Soon after graduating Berklee College of Music in Boston , Greg earned himself a place as a mainstay in the South Florida Club scene and as a sought after session player in Central and South Florida. Besides anchoring local bands such as “Foolproof” and “Back in Time”, Greg has performed with rock legends such as Tommy Roe, The Shirelles, and The Chiffons.
Greg has also performed in the pit orchestras for the stage productions of "Grease", “They're Playing Our Song”, "Over There", and "The Boyfriend". Recently, Greg toured with Nashville Recording Artist, Tom Jackson, where he had the pleasure of opening for stars such as Jake Owen and Craig Morgan. In addition, Greg has recently completed recording an album of his own original material. Now as the Keyboardist for Turnstiles, Greg provides the perfect compliment to Tony’s piano with faithful orchestrations and effects, adding just the right touch of ornaments to their sound.
If you're a Billy Joel fan, you're ALREADY a Turnstiles fan...
If you aren't already a Billy Joel fan, Turnstiles promises to make you one!!!!