Our Band

Elena Melendez

Elena, a seasoned lead and alto, has been creating harmonies and performing with groups since she was 10. She has been on stage in half a dozen countries, and has honed her skills over time singing with a variety of groups and styles: chorale, a cappella, Broadway tunes, sacred, and rock and pop cover band tunes. Her experience playing piano, arranging music, and spontaneously singing with friends and family has helped her to maintain a sharp ear for creating harmonies extemporaneously. She keeps up her stamina to sing and dance while performing into the wee hours by keeping up an active running, swimming and biking schedule, although she has yet to participate in an actual triathlon. Maybe next year.

 

Stephanie Dillard
Stephanie has sung professionally most of her life. Her accomplishments include one of the co-founders, manager, and lead vocalists in the Hawaii-based R&B Old School group—eight0eight. eight0eight had the pleasure of performing for the Tahitian government in To’Ata, Papeete Tahiti to an audience of ~7k. They completed three USO tours performing in countries: Singapore, Japan, and Ecuador to name a few. She has resumed performing in the bay area with notable bands–Monica Marquis, Komfort Zone and HI-NRG.
Stephanie is not just a vocalist, she is a performer that engages an audience – a night with Stephanie is simply priceless!

 

Steve Kornachuk

Steve started his musical life training on piano, viola, and guitar.  He eventually joined Ottawa oldies band The Hip Replacements as bassist,  figuring it would be an easy way to get in with much better musicians.

Steve later moved to San Jose, and in 1998 caught the resurgence of swing music, playing bass with Black Market Beat.  He later worked with local rock bands Silverbacks and Rockweiler.  In 2017, he found a great musical home with HI NRG.

 

Jim Kalogrides

Jim’s (AKA Jimio K) musical philosophy is all about having fun along with a passion for music no matter what genre it may be. Jim is happy to be making music with “Hi NRG” a band that gets you up off your seat all night long, that is what it is all about.

Jim was fortunate and blessed to be in a band called “Gropus Cackus” that had 3 hits; 2 of them on the Bell Record Label. They opened and toured with several name acts, such as Santana, John Lee Hooker, Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Boz Skaggs, Ike and Tina Turner etc. He still records with members of this band currently.

 

Andy Thrall

Andy has studied with Narada Michael Walden and toured the country playing with a variety of musical acts.

In the country genre, this includes McCarty & Co, appearing at the Grand Ol Opry Country Showdown with Willie Nelson, Chris Christopherson, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Lee Greenwood, Tricia Yearwood, and Travis Tritt.

Andy was also a long time member of national touring blues act “NiteCry” founded by Tommy Castro,  achieving recognition on the airwaves in Madrid and Hamburg.
Most recently, he has been a long-time member of premier Doobie Brothers tribute band Long Train Runnin’.
HI NRG is very pleased to have Andy on board, with his great timing, dynamics and upbeat style!

 

DeeDee Kato

DeeDee is a virtuosic keyboardists with years of playing jazz and cover dance bands, including the Vintage Jukebox Orchestra and Slinky Thing (Steely Dan Tribute Band). Her talents range from big band music to modern top-40 dance music, with a repertoire of popular music which includes over 300 songs!

 

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