New York Flyers
Chris Tso - Guitar, Vocals
Phil Dalessandro - Keyboards
Mike Marzullo - Bass, Vocals
Earl Hamilton - Drums, Vocals
1975 - Chris Tso and Phil Dalessandro join forces in Syracuse, New York after both playing live shows in upstate New York. Phil and drummer Dennis Pomilio from the band Chalk, Chris from the band Ace, and bassist Rick Marcellus from Zane form the band Flyer. A founding philosophy of the group was to always exceed the fans expectations with double the performance and production value. Chris, a NYC native via SUNY Oswego, and Phil, a born and raised Syracusan, had no idea where this new band would take them—from the dark depths of Phil’s basement in Liverpool to the stages of some of the largest venues in the Northeast.
Flyer opens for the original Black Sabbath at a sold out show at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY. This pivotal show establishes the band in New York’s Capital district.
1976 – Dennis leaves the band to pursue other interests. George Mahoney joins the band at the beginning of the year as drummer and vocalist but leaves later that year. The demanding performance and travel schedules are an added challenge in finding musicians that share the band's vision.
1977 – Rick departs and the band continues on with bassist Paul Colella followed by John Barton. After numerous drummers, including Danny Coward and Gary MacNamara, Earl Hamilton becomes a Flyer.
1978 – The powerful lineup of Phil Dalessandro on keyboards, Chris Tso on guitar and vocals, Earl Hamilton on drums and vocals, and Mike Marzullo on bass and vocals, takes shape. Due to another band having secured the name Flyer, the band name is changed and registered as the New York Flyers. Phil and Chris reinvest in the band’s sound and light systems and build a self contained, road ready stage production that would become a hallmark of the group. Backed by a road crew of innovative, energetic and courageous souls, the Flyer show explodes onto a circuit of rock venues and festivals from Canada to Florida. Pat Benatar opens for the New York Flyers in Albany, NY.
The New York Flyers begin working with Tidal Wave Productions in Clearwater, Florida, featuring the sales and marketing talents of Joe DeMaso and Bill Werts.
1979 - The New York Flyers head into the studio to record two 45 RPM singles and their first album titled "Limited Edition" (red cover with black lettering) at Rose Hill Studios in Marcellus, NY under the guidance of multi-talented local legend Mark Doyle. Phil and Chris create Delso Records, recording and promoting The Headlites from Tampa, FL, LeRock from Ithaca, NY and The Natives from Syracuse, NY.
1980 – 1985 - The New York Flyers continue traveling up and down the East Coast, rotating markets, and building their fan base. Promoters take note and contract the band to play state fairs, war memorials, and live radio broadcasts of shows with Marshall Tucker, Loverboy, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Leslie West, Edgar Winter, David Werner, and others. Original material becomes a larger component of the band’s focus. The album sells out and goes into a second pressing (yellow cover with black lettering).
1985 - Phil decides to leave the band looking for a change from running the backbone and production of a touring live road show. The band continues as an aggressive power trio with Chris, Mike, and Earl. Mike leaves the group for other interests.
Chris Tso and Earl Hamilton recruit two talented musicians to fill the shoes of Mike and Phil. Jon Celi and John Cannata dive in and begin their journey with the New York Flyers. Recordings follow at UCA Studios in Utica, NY with Doug Moncrief producing.
1986 - Chris ponders the future of the New York Flyers and Earl decides it is time for him to pursue other things. After eleven years of roadwork, over 2000 performances, diminishing venues, and higher liabilities, Chris realizes it is time to put it to rest and the New York Flyers schedule their last gig for New Year’s Eve at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY. The last 3 months are promoted as “The Flyers’ Last Flight”.
1987 - The New York Flyers reunite for an energizing show at Stitville Field Days. With a rotating roster, all members shared the stage and gave the audience a night to remember.
2004 - After seventeen years, the core band regroups for a sold out double bill with Alecstar at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.
2005 - New York Flyers reunion at the Turning Stone Resort, Verona NY with Jukin' Bone.
2007 - New York Flyers reunion at The Turning Stone Resort, Verona NY with Alecstar.
2009 - New York Flyers reunion at the Turning Stone Resort, Verona NY with Alecstar.
2012 - New York Flyers reunion at Mac's Bad Art Bar, Syracuse, NY. Getting back to their roots, they wanted to play in a club, up close and personal.
2014 - By popular demand, a New York Flyers reunion show at The Stockyard in Syracuse, NY and a special performance at the "Made In New York Festival" in Sackets Harbor, NY highlighted this year.
2015 - New York Flyers 40th Anniversary concert at The Palace Theater in Syracuse, NY, a Ron Wray Production in association with The Dinosaur radio, to celebrate this historic event.
2016 - New York Flyers release "Live from The Palace", a collection of songs recorded and mastered from the 40th Anniversary concert at The Palace Theater, Syracuse, NY.
2017 - New York Flyers reunion at The Gig @ the Turning Stone Resort, Verona, NY and Trick Shot (aka Wicked), in Clifton Park, NY.
2018 - New York Flyers reunion at The Gig @ the Turning Stone Resort, Verona, NY playing fan favorites and some deep tracks.