Ralph is an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has played rhythm guitar for over 30 years. He grew up in a musical family where his Dad and Mom both sang professionally in the late 1950's in a vocal group called "The Cashmere's". Music was played in their home all the time and his earliest memories are listening to singers gathering around the kitchen table practicing harmonies of the hits of the 1950's and 1960's. By the time Ralph reached his teens, The Beatles were his favorite band. Collecting every single album, he poured over every song in their historic catalogue, strummed the guitar along with the records, studied the lyrics and tried to harmonize with both John and Paul on the record player. In 2002, while attending a Paul McCartney concert at Gund Arena in Cleveland, he had the great idea to start a "Beatles Band". Revolution Pie has become one of the most fun and rewarding projects of his entire life and has brought much joy to many people. Ralph has also written over 100 songs, executive produced four records that have sold 10,000 units and toured extensively with another music project that ran from 1984 to 2006. Ralph is married to Maria and has three grown children.
Paul has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. Initially attracted to the explosions, bright lights and smoking guitars of Kiss like most 10 year olds, he would frequently turn his basement into a Kiss stage and jump around with various tennis racquets while lighting smoke bombs...indoors. Eventually he started to realize that the music he was listening to was influenced and affected by the music that came before it. Working backwards, he discovered among many others, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and of course, The Beatles. Paul joined his first band at age 12. With three other friends from grade school he tormented eardrums in Cleveland suburbs for years. He currently plays with the SAME three guys in a band called Echo Grove. Their relationship spans more than 30 years of music. All of what he knows musically or otherwise, he can attribute to that experience. A few years out of state in places like New Orleans taught Paul some things about guitar playing that he previously didn't know, and solidified his personal style. In 2003, he released his solo CD entitled "Just in Case" to rave reviews from his kids and parents. With Echo Grove, Paul released "Psycho Magnet" in 1998 and released their second self-recorded and produced album "Assah Mahta Afkat" in 2005. His personal influences include George Harrison (of course), Ace Frehley, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and the band Badfinger. Paul is married to Lia and has four children.
Peter Telari - Drums and Percussion
Chris has been around and loved music most of his life. He played his first musical instrument, the saxophone at age ten. Through the years, he picked up the guitar and bass guitar. This youngest member of Revolution Pie was brought up on oldies of the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. With a passion for the oldies, Chris worked at Majic 105.7 FM in productions for three years. He was a member of Second Shade, Sherbert and Assorted Flavas and Green Screen. His favorite bands of all time include Barenaked Ladies, Ben Fold Five and The Beatles with Paul McCartney being his greatest influence and personal hero. Chris is married to Sarah who is a huge Beatles and Wings fan and they have three children.
Michael Carlozzi - Keyboards, Percussion and Vocals
Pete is a Cleveland native and an accomplished drummer and percussionist who has played drums for over 30 years. He studied percussion for 13 years with Jerry Bruno, Harry Damis and Robert Anzalone. Pete has attended numerous clinics hosted by Louie Belson, Buddy Rich and Terry Bozio. Pete was raised on The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Yes and ELP. He musically admires Carl Palmer, Neil Pert, Bill Bruford and Terry Bozio. Pete has attended hundreds of music concerts over the last 30 years and is the only member of Revolution Pie to actually see The Beatles live in concert at their final tour in 1966 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Pete is married to Mimi and has two grown children.
Recreating The Sound
of The Beatles
Ralph Criswell - Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals
Mike has been inspired by and involved with popular music nearly his entire life. One of his earliest recollections is that of his parents buying and playing "Meet The Beatles" shortly after their appearance on The Ed Sullivan show. A self taught musician, by the age of ten he was plucking out on the piano hits of the day which were being played on WIXY 1260 AM. Fast forward to mullets and Molly Hatchet. By the time he reached his early twenties, Michael had developed his keyboard, lead vocal and song writing skills and brought them to bear as a co-founder of the Cleveland based original band Serious Nature. The band's modest local following resulted in the release and air play on 92 FM of their first single, Res-Q Me in the spring of 1987. The follow up release in the summer of 1989 of their CD titled Glacial Groove and the single Bombs Away were debuted by none other than Kid Leo on 100.7 WMMS FM. The band also enjoyed live success headlining several New Years Eve events on the square in downtown Cleveland as well as opening for national acts like Rare Earth and Was Not Was. He has returned to his earliest musical influence and is most thrilled to be a slice of Revolution Pie while covering one of music's most influential bands, The Beatles. Mike is married to Kelly and has two grown children.
Paul Fresty - Lead Guitar, Keyboards and Lead Vocals
Christopher Spisak - Bass Guitar and Vocals