By Matt Mattei - mmattei@timesleader.com

Tyme Band schedules final reunion run performance in Mountain Top Dec. 17

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Lead singer of Tyme Band, J.D. Verazin performs at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band has its last gig scheduled for Dec. 17 at King’s Restaurant.
Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Tyme Band winds down its performance schedule with its penultimate show in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band, formed in 1979, took a 21-year hiatus before reuniting in 2009.
Fred Adams | For Times Leader
J.D. Verazin and Rick Wells of Tyme Band perform for the crowd at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band has played around 150 gigs since beginning a reunion run in 2009.
Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Rick Wells handles lead guitar work for Tyme Band at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top. The band, which built a reputation as a popular Top 40 cover band, plays songs from the ’70s and ’80s including tunes from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Talking Heads.
Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Lead vocalist of Tyme Band J.D. Verazin sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Dorrie Nemetz, center, at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top during the band’s Dec. 3 performance. The group’s final show is scheduled for Dec. 17 at King’s Restaurant, and admission is free.
Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Bass player for Tyme Band Tom Cipriani has seen the band go through a few ensembles and has been a constant member throughout the band’s several runs.
Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Tyme Band performs on Dec. 3 at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top for a full house. Many people in the audience were friends and loyal fans who have listened to the band over decades of playing music together in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Fred Adams | For Times Leader

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    A local band with history that reaches back to the late ’70s is poised to deliver its final show in front of loyal fans in a familiar place.

    Tyme Band performs from 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 17 at King’s Restaurant in Mountain Top, and the show is being billed as the band’s last show under its decades-old name with current lineup J.D. Verazin, of Nanticoke, Rick Wells, of Mountain Top, Tom Cipriani, of Ashley, and Steve Cipriani, of Plymouth.

    Formed in 1979, the band came together when drummer Pete Wanchisen of the Ravens invited vocalist Verazin to join the four-piece that included Wells on guitar and Tom Cipriani on bass.

    “I was in the fire department back in ‘79, and a guy who was in the fire department, Pete Wanchisen, asked me to join his band,” Verazin said. “I went and that’s how it all started.”

    The bands new name, Tyme Band, was the result of all members putting suggestions in a hat and pulling a submission, Verazin said.

    Tyme Band became one of the popular cover bands in the area, playing Top 40 hits by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles and Talking Heads and gathering a healthy following by performing three to four nights every week at venues and festivals all over the region, Verazin said.

    “It was us, Tumbling Dice, The Great Rock Scare and Stonebridge at all the bazaars,” Verazin said of Tyme Band and other popular local acts. “Around then, all the clubs were going strong.”

    Then, in 1988, Verazin stepped away from the project.

    “I ran a store in Nanticoke,” Verazin said. “We didn’t have any arguments or anything in 1988. I felt I had to drop out because of the things I had going.”

    After Verazin’s departure, Tom Cipriani carried on under the same name.

    “He calls this Tyme Band IV,” Verazin said with a laugh. “In 1988, we didn’t talk to each other, not because we didn’t like each other, but because everybody went on their separate paths and did their own thing.”

    The original Tyme Band went on a 21 year hiatus from 1988 to 2009. According to Verazin, the original members barely saw each other until 2008 when they gathered at a pig roast in Mountain Top, reminisced and played a few songs.

    One year later, during another reunion, the band decided to give playing together another shot, Verazin said. When original drummer Wanchisen couldn’t join the reunited Tyme Band, Tom Cipriani’s son, Steve, stepped in on drums.

    The band has gigged regularly since 2009, playing around 150 shows, including many performances at King’s Restaurant and Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top.

    “When we got back together, we wanted to do the songs that people liked when we started,” Verazin said. “If you look at the song list, it’s the same stuff, Beatles, Rolling Stones; we have some country in there. The neat thing is we have so many songs from over the years, we switch the set lists around so you’ll never hear the same show two nights in a row.”

    The Dec. 17 show promises to draw a crowd, Verazin said. Nearly a month ago 75 reservations had already been made at King’s Restaurant.

    “Our people are like family,” Verazin said. “We have people coming to our shows who were coming back in 1979.”

    The band wants to appreciate that loyalty by letting fans know the continuous gigging has come to an end.

    “We want our people to know this is it,” Verazin said.

    Lead singer of Tyme Band, J.D. Verazin performs at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band has its last gig scheduled for Dec. 17 at King’s Restaurant.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_tyme_band1_faa-1.jpgLead singer of Tyme Band, J.D. Verazin performs at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band has its last gig scheduled for Dec. 17 at King’s Restaurant. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

    Tyme Band winds down its performance schedule with its penultimate show in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band, formed in 1979, took a 21-year hiatus before reuniting in 2009.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_tyme_band2_faa-1.jpgTyme Band winds down its performance schedule with its penultimate show in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band, formed in 1979, took a 21-year hiatus before reuniting in 2009. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

    J.D. Verazin and Rick Wells of Tyme Band perform for the crowd at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band has played around 150 gigs since beginning a reunion run in 2009.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_tyme_band3_faa-1.jpgJ.D. Verazin and Rick Wells of Tyme Band perform for the crowd at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top Dec. 3. The band has played around 150 gigs since beginning a reunion run in 2009. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

    Rick Wells handles lead guitar work for Tyme Band at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top. The band, which built a reputation as a popular Top 40 cover band, plays songs from the ’70s and ’80s including tunes from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Talking Heads.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_tyme_band4_faa-1.jpgRick Wells handles lead guitar work for Tyme Band at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top. The band, which built a reputation as a popular Top 40 cover band, plays songs from the ’70s and ’80s including tunes from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Talking Heads. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

    Lead vocalist of Tyme Band J.D. Verazin sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Dorrie Nemetz, center, at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top during the band’s Dec. 3 performance. The group’s final show is scheduled for Dec. 17 at King’s Restaurant, and admission is free.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_tyme_band6_faa-1.jpgLead vocalist of Tyme Band J.D. Verazin sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Dorrie Nemetz, center, at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top during the band’s Dec. 3 performance. The group’s final show is scheduled for Dec. 17 at King’s Restaurant, and admission is free. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

    Bass player for Tyme Band Tom Cipriani has seen the band go through a few ensembles and has been a constant member throughout the band’s several runs.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_tyme_band8_faa-1.jpgBass player for Tyme Band Tom Cipriani has seen the band go through a few ensembles and has been a constant member throughout the band’s several runs. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

    Tyme Band performs on Dec. 3 at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top for a full house. Many people in the audience were friends and loyal fans who have listened to the band over decades of playing music together in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_tyme_band12_faa-1.jpgTyme Band performs on Dec. 3 at Three Guys Pizzeria in Mountain Top for a full house. Many people in the audience were friends and loyal fans who have listened to the band over decades of playing music together in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Fred Adams | For Times Leader
    Group readies for finale in Mountain Top

    By Matt Mattei

    mmattei@timesleader.com

    IF YOU GO

    What: The Tyme Band’s final show

    Where: King’s Restaurant, 49 South Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top

    When: 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 17

    Additional information: Admission is free

    Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651

    Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651

    IF YOU GO

    What: The Tyme Band’s final show

    Where: King’s Restaurant, 49 South Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top

    When: 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 17

    Additional information: Admission is free