Meet The Band
Jared Anderson - Guitar/VocalsWhen he's not busy designing roads and traffic signals, In The Pocket is just one of a few musical projects for Jared "J-Rod" Anderson. A multi-instrumentalist whose other groups include well-established ska-rock band PErFect ThYroID and area cover band The BIG Shoe, Jared has easily proven himself as one of the most versatile musicians in the Hudson Valley. With a great ear and attention to detail, it's safe to say that he has become ITP's unofficial music director and primary setlist writer. Catch Jared front and center at every ITP show.
Ben Basile - Bass/VocalsBen Basile is a bassist from Wappingers Falls, NY. He has been playing and performing for over six years, and recently completed his studies at SUNY New Paltz. Ben has provided the bottom end for such groups as Liana & the Michaels, Quatrane, the Ben Basile Quartet, Steve Schultz, and The BIG Shoe, and he has become a well-known New Paltz musician. He insists on being taken seriously as a professional, so he dresses like Johnny Cash with a hat. Learn more about Ben at www.BenBasile.com.
Tony Basile - Trombone/PercussionTony Basile - one of the founders of In The Pocket - not only manages and books the band, but also holds down the low end of the ITP horn section with his #trendy trombone. A resident of Wappingers Falls, Tony grew up on a steady diet of ska, punk, reggae, and Tom Jones before finally discovering music that was actually popular. He began playing in his mid-teens, and is now a full-time student studying for his degree in eating right and being healthy...because he likes apples and thinks other people should like apples, too.
Christian Joao - Sax/VocalsBorn on the vast outskirts of New Paltz, Christian Joao handles sax, background vocals, and rapping for In The Pocket. A SUNY New Paltz alum, Christian's music took him to California and back before joining ITP in May 2011. Locally, he has been involved with such groups as Liana & the Michaels and the B&C Jazz Duo, and is widely known as the member of the band most likely to make himself laugh uncontrollably. When not playing music, Christian nurtures long-term addictions to Netlifx and the New York Yankees.
Steve Schultz - Vocals/Keyboard
Singer/songwriter Steve Schultz was turned on to a career in music while in high school, but never imagined himself fronting a cover band until he was asked to join In The Pocket in late summer 2010. An independent artist whose work has been recognized by such organizations as the Songwriters Hall of Fame and New York Songwriters Circle, ITP has always been a simultaneous project running parallel to his original music. In June 2013, Steve released his 3-years-in-the-making album, Over The Edge, which numerous other In The Pocket members were heavily involved in. Learn more about Steve and his fedora at StevePlaysMusic.com.
Mike Siena - Drums/VocalsIt was an off-hand comment that first brought Mike Siena to the attention of other In The Pocket members when the band was forming, and he's been the backbone of the group since the beginning. In fact, as the member of the band who plays the most during any given gig, the argument can be made that he's actually the hardest working ITPer. A drummer since very early in life, MIke quickly proved that his vocal harmonies were equally as important to the group's sound and has been singing ever since. And while some may say that his obsession with pancakes is unhealthy, we disagree - it's a perfectly healthy obsession.