About Us

Nick Straniere

Role: Lead vocals, Keyboard, Keytar

Nick began his musical adventures at the age of seven when his parents signed him up for piano lessons. This is where Nick and Niall first met, both attending the same piano school. Having a knack for figuring songs out by ear and a lifetime submerged in his parents musical theatre background, Nick was destined for a career in music and the arts. After completing high school at Petrides, Nick graduated from Wheaton College in 2014 with a BA in music. With influences like Queen, Muse, and Cirque du Soleil, Nick has a passion for theatrics and the flamboyant.

Niall Sullivan

Role: Bass

Niall Sullivan is a bassist from Staten Island. He first started playing the bass at the end of middle school, listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motown, and Green Day. At Providence College in Rhode Island, Niall was drawn to funk music from artists such as Parliament, James Brown, and Rick James. Niall first started playing in Pastel after jamming at Nick Straniere’s house in 2013. He is excited to be able to constantly push himself as a bassist and musician in Pastel every show and rehearsal. Niall enjoys fusing his funk influences with his classic rock influences to create tastefully orchestrated and grooving bass lines.

Chris Guzman

Role: Drums, Percussion

A seasoned expert in the ancient art of banging, Chris Guzman is the player of all things drum and percussion. Chris started playing drums in 2009, and joined Pastel in April 2017. He has played over 4,875 gigs with anyone that offers to feed him. Chris’ musical inspirations include Mike Portnoy, The Mars Volta, System of a Down, and Snoop Dogg. In his downtime, he enjoys collecting old video games and consoles, staring at his collection of typewriters, Intense sensual drumming, cooking, and lying about his musical experience to get free food.

Johnny Viola

Role: Guitar

Johnny started playing guitar at the age of 12. After years of fruitless jam sessions he spent a year in Florida to further hone his skills in isolation. In Florida he sat in on many shows with bar entertainers, so he can play virtually every Jimmy Buffet and Creedence Clearwater Revival song with ease. His musical interests, however, range from country bluegrass and blues to Hungarian-Folk-Polka-Death Metal, with his main influences being David Gilmour, Dick Dale, and Robert Fripp. Johnny currently plays guitar and sings main vocals for another local band called “Too Many Cats”. Through his adventures in that crew he came across the pasta bois, and the rest is history.

Former Members

Kevin Ryan – Drums
Dave Harris – Drums
Matt Burns – Guitar

Summer Misiti

Role: Manager