Dave Boylan (lead vocals, guitar)
Based in Boulder CO, Dave Boylan has been a regular on the front range music scene for many years. From his early days with The Feds in Boulder, to his solo time with The Dave Boylan Band, Dave has written hundreds of songs, released multiple CD’s, and has garnered songwriting awards and recognition from local festivals such as The Folks Fest in Lyons Colorado, to as far away as Merlefest in North Carolina.
Dave has also been fortunate enough to share a stage with many national acts, including Dizzy Reed from Guns and Roses, Firefall, America, Jefferson Starship, Edgar Winter, Bruce Cockburn, John Prine, Big Head Todd, and an amazing night at The Buffalo Rose in Golden, playing lead guitar for Bo Diddley. One night even found Dave swapping acoustic tunes with Michael Franti at a small gathering in Vail. As Dave told it, “Mike was awesome…it’s was 5 below and he was barefoot. He saw I was nervous and said “it’s all good, I’ll go first”…a really nice guy and a legend all in one. Then I was like, great…now I have to play one?”
And as a die hard Bruce fan, Dave jumped at the chance to front this amazing group of musicians. Though challenging and seemingly impossible at times, Dave puts his own spin on “Bruce”, while never straying far from the passion and sweat that has been Bruce’s gift to rock n roll all these years.
I suppose it can be said that it’s virtually impossible to equal the swagger that guys like Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen tuck behind a worn out Telecaster.
But sure as shit, Dave comes pretty close.
Bob Giusto (saxophone, harmonica, vocals)
Bob Giusto remembers exactly where he was in 1976 the very first time he heard the Born to Run album. He was immediately hooked on Bruce Springsteen’s music, an affinity that has not diminished through the years. He first picked up a saxophone in high school, and Clarence Clemons’ distinctive sound has always served as a standard to emulate.
While Bob did not remain active in the music scene of his hometown (Queens, New York, baby!) during college and his early twenties, his saxophone remained a part of his life as he would pick it up occasionally to play either the blues or some of Clemons’ famous riffs. Now a transplant to the Denver area, Bob has reignited his passion for playing music. For several years he has been active in the local blues scene, playing at a variety of jams around town. He has also gigged with Alan Knight and Company, The Closers, and Chaz DePaolo among others.
Thrilled to be a member of Born to Run, Live! Bob is absolutely impressed by the dedication and abilities of his bandmates. From their first rehearsals together, Bob has had a powerful sense that this band has the skill, passion, and work ethic to make great things happen musically. He knows audiences will feel the same once they see this great band in action.
Scott Wright (drums, vocals)
Scott started playing drums in 4th grade when the drummer in the 10th Mountain Division jazz band looked at his hands and said “man you are going to be a drummer”. A native of Northern New York State, he has been playing ever since. Through high school in a local band which ultimately played at the World’s Fair to this great project here in Denver, Colorado, Scott has played with recording artists and a Grammy winning producer, the most prolific players in country, rock, blues and funk, from the Northern and Western New York area for over 40 years.
During a 30 year career in education as a teacher and then school administrator, Scott continued to play in various bands and upon retirement he and his wife moved to Colorado in 2015 to be closer to their children. With the encouragement of his oldest son, Christopher who is a professional drummer and sound engineer in the Denver area, Scott began sitting in at various blues jams throughout the city. This led to joining a blues band and working on various other projects over the past 2 years.
Scott has said that Born To Run Live presents the opportunity to bring Bruce’s varied musical styles in all types of music from the jazz oriented Spirit in The Night to the straight up rock n roll namesake of the band. “To be able to play with the caliber of musicians who not only are extremely talented but extremely task oriented as well, is a blessing that few musicians get to do, especially when they’ve been around as long as I have!”
Gary Germaine (lead guitar)
Gary comes to us from a rich background of music and impressive skills on the guitar. Through the years, Gary has shared the stage with such diverse acts as Jason Isbell, The Psychedelic Furs, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, among others. Couple that with a newly acquired taste for Bruce Springsteen’s music!
He also has an irrational fear of egg salad sandwiches causing him to scream “Don’t spray me Edward!” No one knows why.
Gary found us while attending a therapy session for DOC alums. He met Archie there and decided to see what we are about after Archie said she “always gets his strings out” and “getting amped up”. Now he’s stuck with us.
Archie Aquino (pianos, keys, vocals)
Archie began early playing guitar and subsequently moved to piano in response to the question: “would you like to learn how to play piano?” That was at the tender age of eight. After years of piano lessons and also playing guitar, Archie found other musicians to form bands and music groups to further hone skills that cannot be attained without stage presentations.
Playing the Bass Guitar in a Chicago/Chase band, Archie spent a lot of time on stage … losing some hearing at the same time. Eventually, college called and so did studies. To make a little extra cash, Archie offered improvisational piano tutoring … all that time without joining a full-time band because of the time commitment.
In later years, Archie played music in many parts of the USA as well as in Europe with a couple of local bands. The keyboards (piano) will always be Archie’s go-to instrument. Joining several bands in recent years as the keyboardist and providing backup vocals, More than a dozen years of playing/performing in the Denver area sharpened Archie’s chops and motivated a move to something that would stretch and expand Archie’s skills as a musician. Placing an entry on the local BandMix website, Archie was found by a start-up Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band. This was certainly a new venture and until then, Archie loved listening to Springsteen music but had no appreciation of musicianship that made it what it was. Listening intently, studying, and practicing brought Archie around to truly “hearing” what the E-Street Band was doing and Archie quickly became impressed and enamored with their music and their skills.
Archie quickly became a natural to attempt to play Roy Bittan’s piano stylings for the Born to Run Live Tribute Band.
Chris Moreno (bass)
Chris Moreno, a Denver native, took up the bass at the age of 55 and never looked back. Influences include that lady who played the Barney Miller theme, the weird dude from Primus as well as other kick-ass musicians. Chris was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame early in his career and never looked back. He was also involved in a minor fender bender because he never looked back.
He played guitar and drank beer in past Denver bands such as Buford T. Justice, Dose and The Denver Maulers but soon he became “tired of this foolishness” and decided to apply his talents to THE BASS. “I grow fatigued with this so-called instrument and the mouth-breathing troglodytes that frequent these establishments”, he was quoted as saying.
Finally, he landed a spot with BTR Live and peace & contentment reigned throughout the kingdom.