Cousin Fungus is a diverse jam/rock band that incorporates jazz, funk, and blues influence into its songwriting and live performances. The band attacks simple and complex compositions and improvises their way towards a climax.
The band is comprised of three brothers and a longtime friend. These four talents merge together, sometimes seamlessly in a smooth groove, sometimes explosively with electric friction, but ALWAYS taking the audience on an unpredictable and exciting ride.
In the mid 90’s as Stash, they were the preeminent Phish cover band in the country, drawing in rabid fans to get their fill of the Boys from Burlington. As the millennium turned they matured into their own skin as Cousin Fungus and were one of the pioneers of the Jamband genre from which many of the contemporaries they played alongside emerged.
Cousin Fungus’ place in music history has been memorialized in the book, Jambands – The Complete Guide to the Players, Music & Scene (pg. 35-36) (Dean Budnick, 2003)
Dennis Belline, Jr.Lead Vocals / Keyboards
Dennis (Denwaass) is the “adopted fourth brother of the family,” and the eldest member of the band. Trained in piano and vocals by his father at a very young age, he continued to study music into his later school years. He joined the band while entering law school. Although he graduated with honors and passed the New York State Bar exam, Dennis could not pass up the unique opportunity to work with these remarkably talented and deeply committed brothers. His searing vocals, intense musicianship, and discerning ear have helped define their sound.
Thomas StanzialeBass Guitar / Vocals
Thomas (Turbo) is the eldest of the three Stanziale brothers, and was the driving force behind starting the band. Although Thomas held a lucrative position trading currency in the financial district, he could not deny his true focus was always on the music he made. It didn’t take long before he devoted his full-time efforts to his brothers and the band. Thomas’s creative energy permeates the band’s original material, and his talents, both vocally and on the five-stringed bass, give the band an engine for boundless live exploration.
Christian StanzialeDrums / Percussion
Christian (Bach) defies description. He prefers to use an unorthodox drumming style that makes him an enigma to many other players. Left-handed and right-footed, he pilots his custom kit through wild poly-rhythms and explosive fills. His relentless work ethic makes him the most musically demanding member of the band. Born exactly one year to-the-date after his older brother Thomas, Bach has an uncanny, almost psychic ability to telegraph his moves before they happen, making the rhythm section one of the tightest most connected you’ll ever see live.
Henry StanzialeGuitar / Vocals
As the youngest brother and band-member, Henry (Hank) is the most free-spirited and unrestrained of the four performers. Never afraid to challenge the rest of the band, he enjoys taking chances and breaking boundaries. His intensity on stage is unabashed and audacious. After just one show, anyone can see that Hank is challenging spirits from another place. Adding to this frenzy a gritty third-part harmony voice, this younger brother is the final and crucial ingredient in a truly awesome live musical experience.