Memorial Day through late October
*Schedule Subject to Change*
Nonantum Live Entertainers
Jim Ciampi has enjoyed being a performing musician since college and has been the leader of his own band since 1988. After returning to his hometown of Portland via Boston College, he was the founder of the first music program at his alma mater, Cheverus High School. He continued to lead a top flight band while teaching, and then moved into the business sector of events. His true passion for performing and event management allowed him to pursue his dream of establishing a premier event facility that produced hundreds of events, weddings and national concert artists.
Today Jim focuses on being a performer as he continues to lead The Jim Ciampi Band, a versatile engaging 7 piece dance band, as well as perform as a soloist and in smaller combos throughout New England.
“I immensely enjoy the opportunity of providing piano entertainment here at The Nonantum. I love the variety of styles that compliment a refined atmosphere whether that be standards, pop or some vocal backdrop to enhance a special occasion or a great dining experience. I look forward to seeing you here at The Nonantum and perhaps playing a few of your favorites!”
From sharing the stage with acts ranging from Steve Martin to Hall and Oates, to performing at a Presidential birthday, the musicians of Ocean Ave. have made music all across America. Now they call the coast of Maine their home. Lisa Mills, lead vocalist credits her ear for harmony to her hundreds of a capella performances with Women of Note. You can hear the church in her voice when she sings the blues. Her interpretations of today’s hits bridge any age gap; she knows it’s the song that matters. Lisa divides her time among WoN, Ocean Ave. and her soul blues revue, The Windmills. Don Wessel, who has over 2,500 stage appearances to his credit – playing jazz, country and Irish gigs in houses, bars and music halls. His solo harmonica album “On Orkney” received airplay on NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock.” He makes music from the mountains to the seaside with Ocean Ave. and as a solo instrumentalist playing the revolutionary Parker Fly guitar.
Carmine Terracciano has been playing the piano since his mother started teaching him at the age of 7. In addition to his solo work at The Nonantum, he currently runs The Carmine Band, the continuation of the former Tony Boffa Band, performing for weddings and other events throughout the year (including “Fire and Ice” at The Nonantum!), as well as his vocal trio, The Carmine Combo. Following the Boffa philosophy, Carmine aims to entertain everybody in the room, from ages 2 to 102! He’s looking forward to all the smiles at The Nonantum this season!
Kelly Muse, Portland pianist, has been playing professionally since he was a teenager and remains active throughout New England. In addition to teaching roughly 25 students during the week, he runs the function band Mixology and is music director at Hope Gateway. Most recently he has performed with The Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Jazz Orchestra and released an album with singer Susie Pepper.
I had the good fortune of growing up in a musical family. My father was a jazz pianist, my mother a singer and tap dancer. Family gatherings usually turned into musical jam sessions where individual performance was encouraged and enthusiastically applauded. At about age 11, inspired by my father’s boogie bass lines, I requested piano lessons. I continued the study of piano through college, with the traditional focus on classical literature, but with a deep passion for jazz. My piano and vocal performance experience includes many musical styles including jazz, gospel, R & B, rock, reggae, and classical. Some local bands I have played with include Rockin’ Vibration (reggae), Jaybird Street (private function), Jeff Scott Trio (jazz), Maine’s all-women big band, the Edith Jones Project, and my own jazz trio, Sally Davis Trio. In addition to performing, I teach piano at my private studio in South Portland, Maine. I am pleased to be joining the Live Entertainment line-up at the Nonantum Resort, and I hope to see you there!