Town of Pelham Summer Concert Series ends with trio entertaining crowd in front of gazebo

Last Monday, the Town of Pelham Summer Concert Series came to a conclusion. At the final event, performers Dennis Dell, Christopher Macchio, and Jackie DiMaggio sang a variety of songs including “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast and “Maria” from West Side Story. DJ Bobby James moderated the event, along with providing technical support.

Dell, originally from the Bronx, is a current member of The Acchords, as well as the former lead singer of The Chimes.  He started his career at age 11 where he became the lead singer of the acapella group The Destinares, later to be named Destiny. He left the group after being drafted for the Vietnam War. Following the war, he became a member of the Mello Kings from 1971-1971. After leaving the band, he reformed his original band, Destiny, and began playing at weddings, dinners, and general gatherings. In 1996, Mr. Dell decided to leave the group to become a solo performer and a member of The Acchords.

“It’s an honor to be here. I’ve been singing here for three or four years now,” said Dell.  “I hope to come back soon.”

Macchio, from Long Island, is considered to be one of the most skilled tenors in Westchester. He began singing at age 15 after timidly singing in an evaluation for the school choir. Trained at the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory, Macchio mastered his vocal instrument and learned how to connect with audiences.  He performed to sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall and performed in place of Elton John for now-President Donald Trump in 2015. In 2011, his debut album Dolci Momenti (Sweet Moments) was released containing Italian arias, timeless Broadway musical songs, and classic pop songs. Macchio is also a member of the prominent New York Tenors consisting of him, Andy Cooney and Daniel Rodriguez.

DiMaggio was born and raised in Pelham and started singing at the age of 6. As time went on, she participated in the school’s theater program and began singing professionally. She was Westchester’s Italian-American Idol winner and performs frequently at Atlantic City along with other events in the tri-state area. She sings both classical Italian songs and a variety of American pop and country.

To read more about Dennis Dell and the Acchords, click here. If you’d like to see more about Christopher Maccio and the New York Tenors, click here. If you’d like to see more about Jackie DiMaggio, follow her on Facebook here.