2017 WMRC LOCAL MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Rich Teter started playing music when in his teens his father gave him his first “good guitar", a 1933 Gibson L7. He started playing around the house, in the Bellingham High Stage band, and eventually backyard parties before leaving high school. Still in his teens his first professional gigs were as a fill in for regional favorites Grem Ferris and The Wheels, a traditional country band that would be a part of his life to this day... they became his in-laws. He was offered a steady rock gig with Morias while still a teen.
After a few years he attended Dean College where he studied under and performed with highly regarded Jazz Man Ted Casher. While there, he was offered a spot filling in on WGAO the college radio station, this would also be with him to this day. After finishing at Dean, Rich played in a series of cover bands and also continued his country fill-ins. In 1990 Rich wrote a bunch of songs. He dubbed the sessions “Hoi Palloi”, based on a Three Stooges short. Hoi Palloi sessions became a band and went on to be played on WHJY and opened for Kings X, Farrenheit and other national touring acts. His WHJY connection lead to him flying to LA in July of 1993 to audition for The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Dave Navaro got the gig).
After Hoi Palloi ended, Rich was offered a cable show to "feature local music”. It was The Dick/Ed Show. It was eventually picked up to be aired on WHXT 10 a Hartford CT Television Station and soon featured everyone from Extreme, Jethro Tull, Primus, Beck and Neil Young among others. The show caught the eye of Charles Laquidara and in 1996 Rich began working in radio at WBCN. He would go on to work with John Osterlind at WAAF and WRKO, Dennis and Callahan at WEEI, Karen Blake at WODS and now WPRO in Providence.
In 1999 Rich’s band, spun off of The Dick/Ed Show, Dick Tetlow and The New Vagitarians feat: Chicks w/ Dick started playing clubs. The band featured future members of Rich’s current band, Teter Todders. Teter Todders is about to reach six years and 300 shows together with no end in sight. Born from Teter Todders, Downsized Acoustic and Richie Oke also play the area.
Over the years Rich has performed with C C Deville of Poison, Sib Hashian of Boston, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, been stuck in traffic for 2 hours with John Paul Jones, and sat in radio studio and played Willie Nelson’s Trigger Guitar while Willie smiled and hummed along. However, Rich says his best memories of playing all involve his family and friends and he owes so much to music he will never be able to repay it.
2016 WMRC LOCAL MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Tigerlily got their start in Milford in 1992 as Ticia Low and The Cast Iron Groove. Jay Tulio, Jon-Paul Royer and Lily performed their music throughout the Greater Milford area. Two years later they changed the name to Boo Boo Kitty. Soon after they decided to change the name to Tigerlily!
Since then the three founding members have had a cavalcade of great drummers including original bandmate Steve Laquidara and renown local stick man A.J. Valle and current skin smasher Kevin Figueiredo, who also travels the world playing in the band Extreme.
Tigerlily’s combination of Lily's theatrics, Jon-Paul and Jay's hard rock attack and their combined undeniable talent has helped them persevere for 24 years and counting! They have played thousands of gigs and there is no slowing down.
Local music legend Jerry Seeco is an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. where he has taught for over twenty years. Although perhaps best known for his instrumental performances on the trumpet, flugelhorn, alto flute and flute, Jerry is a prolific arranger of music ranging from classical to pop and jazz. He is also well known as a vocalist for small and large ensembles.
Most recently Jerry has performed with the Ryles Jazz Orchestra at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival and appeared as the Guest Conductor and performer with the Pops Orchestra in Xalapa, Mexico. He has also appeared with the Thayer Symphony as Featrued Soloist on trumpet, flugelhorn, alto flute and voice.
Jerry has appeared on the Bryant Gumble Show with Little Anthony and the Imperials. He has also performed with Regis Philbin and Susan Lucci at Boston's Symphony Hall. He is a regular guest artist with the Paradise Big Band in Key West, FL. performing on trumpet, flugelhorn, alto flute and vocals. He has also appeared with the Tito Puente Tribute Band on trumpet. He also arranges and performs with the Boston Flute Ensemble at it's yearly concerts.
A well known horn player, Jerry has performed with Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney, Al Martino, Trini Lopez, Neil Sedaka, Della Reese, Leslie Gore, Wayne Newton, Gordon McRae and Lou Christie. In the jazz world Jerry has played with Arturo Sandoval, Slide Hampton, Chick Corea, Jon Faddis, Gary Burton, Richie Cole, Buddy Morrow, Mark Levine, Jacki Byard and Bobby Shew.
2015 WMRC LOCAL MUSIC HALL OF FAME
A life-long Milford resident, Joseph Redden Jr. was a pioneer of the local rock scene. In the early 70s, his band Waterfall would pack Hopedale Town Hall whenever they played. Their biggest gig was at Onset Bluffs where they performed in front of over 400 people. He also got to share the stage, on occasion, with future rock legend Joe Perry. In 1975 Joe went from the stage to the studio to host a program on WMRC. The first of its kind in the area, Joe played the music his generation wanted to hear and developed quite the loyal following.
Tommy “Lib” Liberatore
Tommy came on to the Milford Local Music Scene early in his life. Garnered by his reputation for blazing through note for note renditions of solos made famous by guitar shredders while still at Hopedale High School, he was performing in local clubs before he graduated. After High School Lib not only went to Berkeley School of Music, he served his country in the United States Army National Guard. Playing in bands like, Bad Sneaker, AMF, Last Stop Café Band, Idlewild, and NEXTZ, to name a few, his reputation grew as did his fan base. He is currently the founder and lead guitarist of the vastly-popular-long-running-Southern Rock Band Still Burnin’. Tom also works with the stripped down rock-band DDT. His fluid, flashy, yet melodic style of playing has made him a beloved player locally, and an ambassador of our local scene throughout New England. He is still going strong after nearly four decades of live performances with no end in sight.
Ron "Pesky" Paskewicz
Anyone who lives within 100 miles of Uxbridge knows Pesky… AKA "Mr. Unsafe Sax". A Berkeley School of Music graduate, his many bands include Pesky and the Playboys, Sky King and Tumbleweed. He has played with jus about everybody starting around the age of 14. His sax chops have brought so much joy to the many who have played with him. Uxbridge born, he looks over Nipmuc Pond in Mendon at his home. Pesky can currently be heard playing locally with New Bay Colony.