As a music director for schools and local theaters around the Boston area for the last 12 years, Danielle is excited to switch things up and step into the spotlight on-stage with Kaleidoscope. In 2013 she graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Music Industry and has worked on over 50 musicals with various theater companies winning the 2019 EMACT DASH Award for Best Musical Director. Danielle thanks Dan and the guys for the opportunity to be a part of Kaleidoscope and can’t wait for the journey to begin!
It was always the drums. That all changed as a young man when Dan listened to Rush for the first time. He needed to play electric bass. A few decades later, which included 4 years of lessons from Boston bass wizard James Mobius, Dan decided to enroll himself in the Boston cover band scene. In the summer of 2016, Dan started his very own cover band – Kaleidoscope.
After ditching any potential athleticism and Ivy league ambitions early in middle school upon nailing Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” on Guitar Hero III (expert mode), Nick embarked on his lifelong journey of shredding lead guitar. Early on, Nick got hooked on everything Randy Rhoads from the first Ozzy records and made his best attempt to replicate everything from stage presence, gear, tone, and playing. Nick still chases this Neverland goal and now, he gets to pay tribute to his childhood hero by ripping “Crazy Train” with Kaleidoscope. Even after growing up and realizing that he probably needs a professional day job, the heavy metal guitar is always on his mind. In more recent years, influences include Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Every Time I Die, and Pantera. Joining Kaleidoscope at the end of 2019, Nick is excited to expand his musical vocabulary and begin a new adventure.
Steve caught the drumming bug at a young age, as he hit pots and pans growing up in suburban New Jersey. After a few bands and a move to Boston, he continued playing many musical styles, including rock, pop, alternative, and even some funk – a perfect fit for Kaleidoscope. Steve plays an electronic kit, and occasionally an acoustic set up.
John Kolakowski started out playing originals and covers in Shoot the Boot, before settling into the original band Audrey Can’t Die for 12 years. After Audrey Can’t Die disbanded, John played Izzy in Rocket Queen, a Guns n’ Roses tribute band, which reignited his desire to be in a cover band again. “Seeing people react to hearing their favorite songs performed by a live band is exhilarating for me.” Most recently, John played guitar with Carol and The Party Favors, which allowed him to expand his guitar playing into more pop genres. “I was a hard rock/grunge player when I first started out, but recently I’ve been wanting to play full band versions of pop songs, so Kaleidoscope is the best of both worlds for me.”