Tom Gariano

Tom Gariano was asked to be one of the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors after he was inducted in 2017.  Tom has been a singer for over 40 years performing with various bands to include Tunnel, Myopic Void, Night Shift, Flipside, the Three Dog Night tribute band ELI, and for the past 14 years he has been the lead singer for The A-List Band, one of Western New York’s most popular dance bands.  He began his music career at the age of 12 performing with much older bandmates for dances and clubs throughout the city. After his high school graduation in 1976, Tom formed Night Shift, which was one of his most successful bands, drawing some of the biggest crowds in Western New York. They opened for The Police, The Cars, Steppenwolf and Cheap Trick, to name a few, and toured steadily from 1977 to 1980 playing 38 states across the country. In 1984, Tom settled down to a ten-year hiatus from performing and went to college at NCCC for Culinary Arts and in 1993 was awarded the Nick Antonacci Memorial Scholarship. After owning two bakeries and a café, Tom had the desire to go back to his music roots, so he started performing reunion shows with Tunnel and Night Shift. In 2003, he was diagnosed with cancer but after successful chemo and radiation treatments is now healthy and cancer free. In 2004, he returned to the stage and played a solid two years with the popular Buffalo band Flipside. In 2006, Tom decided to put a new band together with the best of the best and named it The A-List Band. After 14 years and well over 1000 shows, his band is still as strong as ever playing to capacity crowds everywhere they perform. Tom says he wouldn't have it any other way.  He also continues with his culinary talents as well, for a number of local restaurants and his own business, TJ’s Catering. Tom, with his wife, Kathy lives in the city of Niagara Falls. They have three children, Rob, Francesca and David.