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    WEST ISLIP STRING ENSEMBLE, better known as the "WISE GUYS". (W.I.S.E.) for West Islip String Ensemble.

    The group was founded in 2004 by Edward Lambese, and is comprised of top level professionals. Our musicians are graduates of The Julliard School of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook School of Music. Click here to: READ OUR REVIEWS

    Click here to listen to sample music selections: LISTEN LIVE This is just a sample list of selections, as our repertoire is quite vast. We can play any selections that are requested (including classical, rock/pop, broadway, etc).

    The group's musicians have more than 30 years of performance experience, and they know just how to make your event most memorable!

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    Dio
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    DIOMEDES SARAZA JR. (Dio)

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    NICHOLAS ATTILA

    Nicholas Attila started his musical career.... read more

    Ed
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    EDWARD LAMBESE

    Edward Lambese started his musical journey... read more

    Greg
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    GREG SHEEHAN

    Greg Sheehan started his musical journey... read more

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    A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (pop)

    Marry You by Bruno Mars (pop)

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    Choosing music for your event is a very important detail, as it sets a mood for all listeners. With this in mind, you should try to choose music that matches your theme. For example, if you are going with an all traditional wedding, you should choose ceremony songs in the classical genre. For a more contemporary set wedding, you may want to choose songs from the pop/rock genre of music selections. An eclectic set wedding theme could consist of various types of music (classical, pop, rock, show tunes, etc.).

    Most important when choosing songs, is that they are your personal favorites, or songs that you perhaps have dreamt about one day having at your wedding.

    Cocktail Hour music should be a blend of various types of music, thereby appealing to all different tastes in music. This insures that it will be enjoyable to all your guests, and their various likes.

    The music you select for your ceremony, should reflect the happy couple, and both of their personal likes. It is your special day, so make it your special style.

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    Whether your wedding is to be all traditional, or more contemporary, West Islip String Ensemble can make it exactly as you like! We will WOW your guests with our specialized expertise in wedding music performance!

    Our fine and talented musicians can play any song or songs that you would like for your special day. If you have a special favorite that is more upbeat and in the pop/rock style, we can always accommodate you! If there is a special song that we do not have, we can arrange it for you at no added charge. We are here to make your event exactly as you envision it! Send us a message today about your special needs, and see how easy your dream wedding can be.
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    Ceremony & Cocktail Hour

    The West Islip String Ensemble takes pride in performing the specific songs that you would like played for your special day. Please do let us know of all your favorites, so we can plan to play exactly what you wourld like to hear.

    Music sets the mood, so take your time in selecting the songs that you, your family, and your guests would appreciate hearing.

    Not sure what to choose? We are here to assist. If you are overwhelmed with too many songs, or just not sure of what to choose for any particular part of your event, please do let us know. Our experienced music professionals can assist you.

    We will gladly put together a song list especially to your liking. Contact us today with any special requests for your event. Click here to: CONTACT US

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    Christmas & Holiday

    Christmas Music is our specialty! If you are having a Christmas Event, you have come to the right place!

    With Christmas being such a joyful time of the year, Christmas music makes it even more joyful! The West Islip String Ensemble has an extensive repertoire of Christmas music that appeals to all! From the Great "Messiah" by Handel, to Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite", to "Jingle Bell Rock", and "Sleigh Ride". Our ensemble will get all your guests in the spirit! Book your Christmas Party celebrations now!
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    Event Planners

    West Islip String Ensemble is happy to work with event planners and agents.

    The WISE GUYS are available for event planners special events, and will gladly assist private event planners with their needs. Whether it be weddings, or corporate events, we are here to assist with your special needs. Please contact us today for information.
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    Rock and Roll Live Stage Shows

    The West Islip String Ensemble (WISE GUYS) have performed with legendary bands and recording artists. These include The Duprees, Edwin McCain, The Stylistics, Johnny Contardo, Doo Wop Hall of Fame Rock Legends, Etc.

    If you are a vocalist or band in need of local strings backup on stage, please do contact us with your dates and times of need. We will glady get right back to you.
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    WEST ISLIP STRING ENSEMBLE

    P. O. Box 5581
    Bay Shore, NY 11706
    Telephone: 631-968-7575
    Fax: 631-968-2525
    E-mail: info@westislipstringensemble.com

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    Christmas Music is our specialty! If you are having a Christmas Event, you have come to the right place!

    Whether your wedding is to be all traditional, or more contemporary, West Islip String Ensemble can make it exactly as you like! We will WOW your guests with our specialized expertise in wedding music performance!

    Not sure what to choose? We are here to assist. If you are overwhelmed with too many songs, or just not sure of what to choose for any particular part of your event, please do let us know. Our experienced music professionals can assist you.

    The group's musicians have more than 30 years of performance experience, and they know just how to make your event most memorable!

    Most important when choosing songs, is that they are your personal favorites, or songs that you perhaps have dreamt about one day having at your wedding.

    The group was founded in 2004 by Edward Lambese, and is comprised of top level professionals. Our musicians are graduates of The Julliard School of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook School of Music.

    Our fine and talented musicians can play any song or songs that you would like for your special day. If you have a special favorite that is more upbeat and in the pop/rock style, we can always accommodate you! If there is a special song that we do not have, we can arrange it for you at no added charge. We are here to make your event exactly as you envision it! Send us a message today about your special needs, and see how easy your dream wedding can be

    Christmas Music is our specialty! If you are having a Christmas Event, you have come to the right place!

    The following refers to this website and all of it's contents, data, photos, et al in referencing this privacy policy. All displayed information, photos, and content are provided here for business purposes only.

    Not sure what to choose? We are here to assist. If you are overwhelmed with too many songs, or just not sure of what to choose for any particular part of your event, please do let us know. Our experienced music professionals can assist you.

    No part, or parts thereof of this website may be copied, reproduced or used by any other individual or company at any time. This includes photos, text, and any and all information inclusive of this website, commentary or otherwise.

    The following refers to this website and all of it's contents, data, photos, et al in referencing this privacy policy. All displayed information, photos, and content are provided here for business purposes only.

    Music sets the mood, so take your time in selecting the songs that you, your family, and your guests would appreciate hearing.

    The WISE GUYS are available for event planners special events, and will gladly assist private event planners with their needs. Whether it be weddings, or corporate events, we are here to assist with your special needs. Please contact us today for information. Click here to: CONTACT US

    The West Islip String Ensemble (WISE GUYS) have performed with legendary bands and recording artists. These include The Duprees, Edwin McCain, The Stylistics, Johnny Contardo, Doo Wop Hall of Fame Rock Legends, Etc.

    If you are a vocalist or band in need of local strings backup on stage, please do contact us with your dates and times of need. We will glady get right back to you. Click here to: CONTACT US

  • DIOMEDES SARAZA JR.

    Born to a family of musicians, Diomedes showed his interest in the violin at the age of 3. Diomedes' father became his first violin teacher. He took his first formal lesson at age 5 at the St. Scholastica's College of Music (Philippines), studying under the violin pedagogue of Ms. Vima Valerio. After a year, he transferred to the much respected pedagogue, a Julliard trained violinist, Professor Basilio Manalo, and then to Professor Arturo Molina, the only foreigner in history to win the Annual String Competition, at the Kiev Conservatory, Moscow. Diomedes has performed as a soloist of the PREDIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, and CHILDRENS ORCHESTRA as Concertmaster. He became the youngest member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra II, and has been featured in Maestro Filipino l, and Friends of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Concert. At the age of 8, Diomedes was one of the delegates, in the 45th year Suzuki Music Convention (1998) held in Japan. He has been featured at his solo debut recital at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and at the Pasig Music Festival. In 2002, he won first place at the National Music Competition for Young Artists, and in 2003, he made his concert debut "The Gift", at the CCP which was awarded as one of the best performances of 2003 by the Manila Bulletin in the Philippines. He moved to New York in the summer of 2005 to pursue his studies of the violin at the Mannes College, Preparatory Division. He was under the tutelage of respected violin pedagogue, Dr. Chin Kim. In 2006, he joined the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, and played the Khachaturian Violin Concerto for the opening concert. In 2007, he won the Friday Woodmere Young Artist Competition in Hewlett, NY, and was featured in the WQXR 96.3's Rob Sherman's Young Artist Showcase. In 2008, he won the Mannes Concerto Competition, which led him to a performance with the Mannes Philharmonic under the baton of Mr. Michael Adelson, assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Soon he became the Concertmaster of the Mannes Philharmonic (in 2009). Diomedes chamber group, also won the American Teacher's League Competition of 2009, and was later featured at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, and later in the year of 2009, he had his homecoming concert in the Philippines entitled "Symphonic Virtuosity", with the respected German conductor, Christoph Poppen, and the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Today, Diomedes just had his New York concert debut with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble at the Julia Richman Auditorium. He also became a prize winner of the Julliard Competition 2010, playing William Schuman's Violin Concerto. In addition, he recently performed at the Paul Hall of the Julliard School for an all sonata concert called "Sonatenabend". While at Julliard, he studied under the tutelage of professor Stephen Clapp. Diomedes is a member of the West Islip String Ensemble, and is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, as well as Yale, with masters degrees in performance. Click here to: CONTACT US
  • NICHOLAS ATTILA

    A "Virtuoso Violinist" and violist. Nick has performed with many symphony orchestras as violin soloist. Some of Nick's repertoire as soloist with symphony orchestra include the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Nick was in the HBO series Vinyl episode #4 recently on violin. He has also performed in A Linda Ronstadt Cover band, Greg Connors and Love Crushed Velvet. As a versatile player, Nick has played all genres of music, and has been in music videos for popular groups like the Rascal Flatts. Nick has also performed with Art Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson, Shirley Jones, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Josh Groban, America, Natalie Cole, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, The Chi-Lites, McFadden & Whitehead, and Kool & the Gang. Nick has also performed in the classical realm of music with many famous and legendary classical musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, etc. Nick is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, obtaining his masters degree in music performance. Click here to: CONTACT US
  • EDWARD LAMBESE

    Ed Lambese began his musical journey at age 7 when his Mom got him a toy violin for Christmas. He began playing some real tunes on this and it was plastic. Later, in grade school he saw a notice of " Free Violin Lessons" offered after school in the auditorium of the Asher Levy School, in NYC where he lived. Upon seeing a real violin, he was enthralled with the beauty of the wooden instrument and was determined to play it. He showed much promise and won contests and eventually scholarships to the Third Street Music School Settlement under the coaching of Mr. Charles Manoff and later on, a special scholarship to the High School Of Performing Arts (where the Fame TV series was focused on) . After grade school, Ed's family moved from NYC to Brooklyn, NY where he started Junior High School at Walt Whitman JHS. Ed continued on training all through Junior High School and then won a scholarship to The High School of Performing Arts, but his Dad preferred he stay in Brooklyn. Upon entering High School ,he was made Concertmaster of the Erasmus Hall High School Orchestra in Brooklyn, NY. In his first year of High School, he got Barbra Streisand's Algebra Book when they gave out the math textbooks. Erasmus Hall is the oldest High School in the country with such celebrated alumnus as Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Lainie Kazan to name a few. During Junior High School, Ed had fallen in love with the sound of the cello. In his first year of High School, he became serious about learning to play the cello. He asked one of his High School teachers, Mr. Alan Knieter (whom he still remains in contact with), if he could borrow a cello over the summer break of 1971. That summer, he took home the cello and a piece of music the orchestra had performed called "Chaconne" which had a nice cello solo. He remembered the melody line of the cello solo and figured out the notes on the cello and taught himself the Bass Clef. Upon returning to High School for the Fall Semester of 1971, he was made principal cellist of the Erasmus Hall High School Orchestra. Ed was also coached by Barbra Streisand's and Neil Diamond's vocal teacher, Mr. Cosimo DiPietto, as he was the Choral and Orchestral director of Erasmus Hall for Ed's first two years of High School. Mr. DiPietto, was a very serious, gifted teacher and he was very strict with his students about music. Other students were nervous when he conducted, and concerned about making mistakes. Mr. DiPietto took a great liking to Ed and always praised his playing. He had a standing quote for Ed which was, " You get some great sound out of that cello, Fella!". Ed was thrilled to have his playing complimented like that by Barbra Streisand's and Neil Diamond's High School Vocal Instructor. Especially since he was such a strict and serious music instructor! Ed was also coached by another teacher and dear friend at Erasmus Hall who was a professional cellist himself. His name is Saul Zalkin...he devoted much of his free time to coaching Ed on the cello between classes as he said he saw gifted natural talent. Later on Ed also trained with a world famous Hungarian Violinist, Mrs. Katherine Fodor Finn of the Fodor Violin Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Ed continued on playing first violin and cello through High School and then on to get his degree in music performance at Brooklyn College. Ed has played with many orchestras that include the All Boro, Boro Wide Orchestra, and also a chamber group that he formed. He also was a member of the Alumnus Orchestra, and then went on to play with "The New World Symphony Orchestra". In 1980, Ed was thrilled to be invited to play as a studio musician for a Diana Ross album in production at the time. .Ed and his professional string quartet "West Islip String Ensemble (WISE GUYS)", have also recorded tracks for other legendary vocalists, and performed on stage with legendary recording groups such as, the original Duprees, Lenny Cocco & The Chimes, Barbara Harris and The Toys, The Passions, Johnny Contardo, Stan Zizka and The Del Satins, Vito & The Salutations, Dean Parrish, etc. He has also been a member of the " West Islip Symphony Orchestra". In June of 2004, Ed was asked by the "West Islip Symphony Orchestra" president, Nancy Donohue, to play with a few other members of the " West Islip Symphony" at a Grand Re-opening of the West Islip Library... Hence the birth of WISE (West Islip String Ensemble). Since then Ed and the members of WISE have performed together at many events and venues all over Long Island, NYC, the tri-state area, and continue to do so. Click here to: CONTACT US
  • GREG SHEEHAN

    Gregory began studying violin at the age of nine at his local public elementary school in West Islip, NY. He always showed great interest and pride when practicing and performing at various music festivals and school concerts during his youth. Little did his parents know that this seemingly ancillary hobby would eventually become a huge part of Greg’s life.His grandfather’s gift of an heirloom family violin spurred Gregory’s burning desire to hone his skills and join the high school orchestra. In his sophomore year, Greg’s true talent and increasing skills shone through as he won the concertmaster position which he held until graduation. Throughout his high school years, Gregory played with the Long Island Youth Orchestra under the direction of Martin Dreiwitz, and was granted a “rising star” position with the C.W. Post Orchestra under the baton of Susan Deaver. It was at this time that Greg began attending summer chamber music festivals. Upon graduation at St. John the Baptist High School, Greg was granted admission to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.During the summer between high school and college, Gregory was part of a month long international orchestra tour with the Long Island Youth Orchestra. The orchestra was honored with performances in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and the Cook Islands. In 2004, Greg entered the Crane School of Music. At Crane, he was under the tutelage of several very accomplished violinists. He began his studies with John Lindsay,the concertmaster of The Orchestra of Northern NY, and a revered soloist. Subsequently,Greg joined the studio of Dr. Sarah Hersh. Dr. Hersh studied with such famed pedagogues as Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and is one of a few designated teacher trainers of the Suzuki method in the United States. Greg credits Dr. Hersh with having a huge impact onboth his playing and teaching style.Greg had many accolades during his studies at Crane. He was a member of a student string quartet and the Crane Symphony Orchestra for four years in addition to being chosen for the select opera and ballet orchestras. In 2005, Gregory performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC as part of the Crane Symphony Orchestra. At the end of the next year, Gregory’s string quartet won an audition and became featured performers at the NY Governor’s Inauguration in Albany NY. In 2008, Greg graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.Today, Gregory resides in his home town of West Islip. He performs as a member of the Long Island String Ensemble, and teaches violin and piano while continuing his studies as a graduate student at Stony Brook University. Click here to: CONTACT US
  • WEST ISLIP STRING ENSEMBLE

    Christmas Music is our specialty! If you are having a Christmas Event, you have come to the right place!

    Whether your wedding is to be all traditional, or more contemporary, West Islip String Ensemble can make it exactly as you like! We will WOW your guests with our specialized expertise in wedding music performance!

    Not sure what to choose? We are here to assist. If you are overwhelmed with too many songs, or just not sure of what to choose for any particular part of your event, please do let us know. Our experienced music professionals can assist you.

    The group's musicians have more than 30 years of performance experience, and they know just how to make your event most memorable!

    Most important when choosing songs, is that they are your personal favorites, or songs that you perhaps have dreamt about one day having at your wedding.

    The group was founded in 2004 by Edward Lambese, and is comprised of top level professionals. Our musicians are graduates of The Julliard School of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook School of Music.

    Our fine and talented musicians can play any song or songs that you would like for your special day. If you have a special favorite that is more upbeat and in the pop/rock style, we can always accommodate you! If there is a special song that we do not have, we can arrange it for you at no added charge. We are here to make your event exactly as you envision it! Send us a message today about your special needs, and see how easy your dream wedding can be

    Christmas Music is our specialty! If you are having a Christmas Event, you have come to the right place!

    The following refers to this website and all of it's contents, data, photos, et al in referencing this privacy policy. All displayed information, photos, and content are provided here for business purposes only.

    Not sure what to choose? We are here to assist. If you are overwhelmed with too many songs, or just not sure of what to choose for any particular part of your event, please do let us know. Our experienced music professionals can assist you.

    No part, or parts thereof of this website may be copied, reproduced or used by any other individual or company at any time. This includes photos, text, and any and all information inclusive of this website, commentary or otherwise.

    The following refers to this website and all of it's contents, data, photos, et al in referencing this privacy policy. All displayed information, photos, and content are provided here for business purposes only.

    Music sets the mood, so take your time in selecting the songs that you, your family, and your guests would appreciate hearing.

    The WISE GUYS are available for event planners special events, and will gladly assist private event planners with their needs. Whether it be weddings, or corporate events, we are here to assist with your special needs. Please contact us today for information. Click here to: CONTACT US

    The West Islip String Ensemble (WISE GUYS) have performed with legendary bands and recording artists. These include The Duprees, Edwin McCain, The Stylistics, Johnny Contardo, Doo Wop Hall of Fame Rock Legends, Etc.

    If you are a vocalist or band in need of local strings backup on stage, please do contact us with your dates and times of need. We will glady get right back to you. Click here to: CONTACT US