The Poncho D Group


Lead Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, Piano, Trombone, Upright bass.


We are a quartet and sometimes a
quintet or sextet that plays regularly and we are very serious minded musicians with well over 100+ yrs.
playing experience between us.
I have recorded, & have played in big bands & jazz groups and lead this group of fine musicians.

We have O time for rockers or get together at the garage type of sets. Last year we worked 46 out of 52 wks. of the year and we have no time for games! I am currently looking for a serioius minded keyboard,trumpet, & trombone player that loves big band & classic jazz for our ensemble.
WE DO WORK ! I have a 41 year backgroud playing & performing in the business & handle most of the bookings for the band.

Screen name:
Member since:
Mar 03 2009
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
70 years


Our influences range from Basie, Ellington, Dorsey,Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson (whom i've played with for 3 years)Monk, Miles, Yardbird,Incognito(with whom i've also recorded with) My sax player comes out of the Buddy Rich Big Band, & my lead guitarist has a strong background in both combo & session work as well.

Members Of Band

: Bass
Steve Cherpta:Guitar
Bob Leibowitz: Woodwinds
Poncho "D":Drums/Vocals
Don Harrell: (Sub) keyboards*
Reg English: (Sub) Trombone *
Gerry Pashin:(Sub) Trumpet*
Reg English: (Sub)*Keyboards,& Brass
*Subs for bigger venues such as jazz festivals & large scaled events.


Endorsed by Pearl Drums
Sound Equipment provided by Music Men Sound Specialists. Members have their own equipment & we do record our demos @ Club Frank Recordings
in Carteret and have the demo for our debut " A Long Way From Bank St". 2007 Second CD release "In Full Circle" 2010


Past Events

This is gonna be a fantastic event for the group as they release their 3rd. CD Love the Ladies' All
Also, the fabulous PAMELA PATTEN will be there to sign copies of the release & a fantastic after party will follow as we all dance & play the night away along with a live performance by the group performing cuts from the new CD.

Time tenatively slated for 8:00 more info to follow.

Private Event

Bushkill Inn & Conference Center
Bushkill, PA,
Day 3

Bushkill Inn & Conference Center
Bushkill , PA
Day 2

Bushkill Inn & Conference Center
Bushkill, PA
Nov. 7th. 8th. & 9th.

Featuring th legends of soul and as the guest group will be the Poncho "D" Group
This is a 3 day ALL INCLUSIVE event & its gonna be a blast !

Nov. sees the group as part of this gala tribute to the sounds of soul at this all time great soul sprectacular
performing in Upper Marlboro, MD being presented by Let's Groove Productions.

Showtime starts @ 7:30

Keeping the hob goblins hoppin' the group swings into the Celestial Lodge, Red Bank on the 31st. as part of the weekend festivities & costume party starting @ 9:00

BYOB & addmision is $10.00 single & $ 15.00 per couple.

Legendary singers Ray, Goodman, & Brown along with the group bring Ol Skool & ballad love songs back one more one

Bird Land
"The Jazz Corner Of
The World"
Opens its doors to the
Poncho "D" Group as they perform for the 1st. time at this WORLD RENOWN
jazz mecca !
Shown times 9:00 & 12:00

The Iridium
1650 Broadway, NYC

First time at this well known jazz establishment .

C'mon out for 2 great performances

Outdoors under the stars on the beaut beaches of Sandy Hook as the summer concerts return .

Bates Lodge # 220
306 Shrewsbury Av.
Red Bank, NJ

"Summertime Cocktail
Sip & Buffet
Back by demand the group returns home for this post holiday get together sponsored by the house entertainment committee of the Bates Lodge starting @ 5:00 - 9:00.
Admission : $ 10.00

A good time is to be had by all & you don't want to miss out on this one !
Be part of the welcome home festivities as one of Red Bank's own comes home ! ! ! !

Ridgewood, NJ

The sounds of smooth jazz & hot licks return once again to Ridgewood (5th.yr.) as the group entertains in
Memorial Pk. for this annual event starting @ 12:00.

Performance Time Tenative

America's Birthday
Long Branch
Once again the group returns to the Shore
as part of the day long celebration along this beachfront resort area.

It's a daylong event that will have food, vendors, & day long music with the best of the best layin' it all out before the group takes to the stage just prior to the fantastic fireworks display.

Outdoor Wknd. Event
In Springfield, Mass.

The sounds of Soul comes to Springfield all wknd. & the Poncho "D" Group brings Jersey Shore Soul to the Constitution state on the 27th.
Performance time

"All That Jazz & More"
State Theater New Brunswick

The group takes part in honoring the greats of jazz from bebop, to swing in this ALL STAR
get together. Performance time TBA