MELISSA JUNE

lead singer/songwriter

Melissa was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey. Barely reaching the keyboard, she remembers learning songs and lyrics as early as age 3 with her big sister by her side. Living so close to New York City, live performance and music always played a major role in her life. After many years performing as an actress/singer, Melissa received her Bachelor of Music from The Catholic University in Washington, DC. She later received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Brooklyn College and has performed Off-Broadway, on-camera in TV/Film and national network commercials/voice overs. Before embarking on The Melissa June Band, Melissa was a featured vocalist in the band, The Fylls, a folk band based in the NYC/Brooklyn area. Today she resides in NYC where she writes and performs her original music about love, heartbreak, family, and all the in between.

JACK BANDARENKO

VIOLIN

FEDERICO TASSONI

BASS

Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and producer living in Brooklyn, NY. Having studied classical violin at the Peabody Conservatory since the age of 4, he brings a diverse skill set to The Melissa June Band by fusing classical techniques with modern Americana/Folk styles. An NYU Steinhardt graduate, Jack finds himself an avid collaborator in session work, songwriting, and live performance with acts such as JAWAN, Husks, Jessie Chambers, and many others.

Federico, an Italian native, is an upright and electric bass player living in New York City. His experiences span many genres including Jazz and Hip Hop. At age 22, Federico moved to the US to study at Berklee College of Music where he received his degree in Music Performance. His experiences as a professional musician include his most recent personal project, The Federico Tassoni Trio and Quartet. He continues to participate in various projects  as a session musician and rhythm section player, giving him opportunities to tour around the world and offer something innovative to the music scene.