Charleston SC's Finest Special Events & Party Band
Performing Timeless Popular Cover Tunes AND Original Music

Gary Pecorella
Keyboards / Vocals

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gary played his first notes on the piano at age 7. He quickly discovered his innate ability to recreate his favorite radio tunes by ear. It wasn’t very long thereafter that he sang and strummed a guitar at his very first gig in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, at the age of 13. Studying music at Hofstra University by day, Gary performed regularly with various bands in the evenings in the New York metro area. He founded, along with four other excellent NY musicians, ‘Edmund Byrd’, a popular Long Island concert band that featured the songs of CSN&Y, Chicago, the Beatles and other artists. After a long and successful band run, Gary and the lead guitarist created a unique duo, ‘MATTHEU’, which went on to enjoy 5 years of popularity with its audiences. Moving to Florida’s Gold Coast in 1995, Gary began a ten year solo career on grand piano, guitar and vocals, at diverse venues including a one year run at Tampa Bay’s 5 Star ‘ARMANI’S Restaurant’, and a three year marathon at the ‘CLEARWATER BEACH HOTEL’. Attaining 5th Place National Finalist in the Columbia Records Recording Artist Search, Gary also lays claim to songwriting awards. He writes in the pop and adult contemporary genres, and pitches songs through his self-published ‘SKY’S THE LIMIT GRANDE SONGS (ASCAP)’, never giving up on his dream of placing his songs with major recording artists. Relocating to Charleston in 2006, Gary focused his attention solely to songwriting and to recording. But in the summer of 2011, he was invited to participate in a summer concert reunion in New York. It was this event that re-ignited Gary’s passion, once again, to perform with a full band, and luckily for him, that band was to be ‘Port Authority’.

Ray Colon
Lead Guitar / Vocals

Ray was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, but relocated at an early age with his family to the United States. His interest in playing music, specifically the guitar began at age 8 when he commenced taking private guitar lessons with Gus DeGazio, a well-respected ‘Big Band’ Jazz teacher/performer in the New York area. Searching for his own style of guitar play, Ray later attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music for the Fundamentals of Classical Guitar. Ray played professionally and extensively with rock bands based out of New York, most notably for 10 years as the lead guitarist of the popular ‘Emily Band’, respected for their progressive rock and original music. ‘Emily Band’ enjoyed much success, particularly the honor and prestige of opening for major recording artists such as Herman’s Hermits, Steppenwolf, Steve Forbert, and others. They received national recognition with the release of their original song, “The Child”, which went on to become the theme song for the International Special Olympics. The premiere debut performance was played live by the band at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in front of the U.S. sitting President, and members of Congress. Almost as long as he can remember, Ray has been writing, playing and recording original music. Finding his way down south to live and work in the Charleston area, he met and joined drummer Charlie Kahr, to play in the band ‘WD-50’. Ray now dedicates his talent and guitar craft entirely to ‘Port Authority’.

Dane Roessler
Bass Guitar / Vocals

Born in Pittsburgh PA, Dane became influenced by music at a very young age. His father played Sax in the Earle Gardner Orchestra, and his oldest brother started playing guitar at age 9. Dane's family relocated to Florida and that's when the ball starting rolling. He started taking guitar lessons at age 13 and was already playing different venues on stage by age 14 in the Country Western, R&B, Rock, Hard Rock, Blues and Top 40 genres. After graduating High School, Dane went on the road with a Country Band. They traveled from Fort Lauderdale to Maryland, playing exclusively at military bases. Arriving at Myrtle Beach SC, Dane was introduced to Beach (SHAG) Music and the band played its first official ‘non-military’ gig. This in fact was a turning point in the young artist’s career. Returning home to Florida, Dane was offered an opportunity to come back to Myrtle Beach to play Bass for the house band, The Spools, who were known for their very diverse repertoire. When their SC summer engagement ended, The Spools decided to go on the road, and as fortune would have it, they became the ‘warm up’ band for BIG acts such as Ted Nugent, Blues Image, The Rascals, Steely Dan, The Allman Brothers Band, and others. Wanting to further his formal education, Dane returned to SC to attend USC, where he received a degree in Business Administration. It wasn’t long after that that he ventured into a very successful business of his own, in Walterboro SC, where he now resides. A musician at heart, Dane managed to effectively run a business and somehow still find time to play music venues in groups that ranged anywhere in size from 3 to 9 pieces. Dane is the newest member of PORT AUTHORITY, and in his own words, this latest opportunity offers “talent, versatility, and professionalism second to none!” Thank you Dane… the feeling is mutual!