Scott Brown and the Diplomats is an offshoot of a band formed in New Zealand and recently headed by former US Senator and former US Ambassador Scott Brown. The last event by the band was in Wellington New Zealand in front of 15,000 fans at Beervanna at Sky Stadium. Playing together for almost 4 years, the band compiled an impressive list
of venues and paid appearances. Upon returning from duty in New Zealand, Brown sought out some of the most talented area musicians to reform the band into Scott Brown and the Diplomats.
This talented, rockin' group of musicians have played with some of New England’s best talent and bands.
Their great selection of hits that people have grown up with and enjoyed listening and dancing to is legendary
in New Zealand and will be the same in the USA.
Scott Brown - Lead Singer/background vocals/Guitar
Scott has had an interesting public service career. However, his real excitement is playing on stage with the likes of Cheap Trick – (6 times), Warrant, Firehouse – (2 times), Alice Cooper, Vanilla Fudge, Buck Dharma from Blue Oyster Cult, The Doug Flutie Band, The James Montgomery Band (numerous times), The Ayla Brown Band, One Bar Heater New Zealand, the Fabulous Pakeha’s and more.
Katie Estrella – vocals
Katie has been a freelance singer, saxophone player and pianist in New England for over 25 years. After spending a decade lead singing for several popular local bar bands, she currently performs with The Company Bees, a singing duo paying tribute to the music of the 1940s, and at Christmas time, lends her voice to the Very Merry Dickens Carolers. She works as an accompanist and music director for several area schools and teaches private lessons in voice, piano, and saxophone at her home in East Providence, RI..
Steven Lanning-Cafaro - Bass, vocals
Steven has performed with acts ranging from Blues/R&B, Progressive Metal, Rock Pop, And Spoken word. Steven has supported tours for Nervosa, Laurie Anderson, Jerry Marotta , Tim "RIpper" Owens, Let Us Prey, The Duende Project, Michael Abdow (Fate's Warning), Rithiya Henry Khiev (RHK) and others. Along with live performances Steven has also composed for film soundtracks, receiving multiple international awards festival nominations.
Jon Hathaway - Guitar, Vocals
Jon cut his teeth in Alaska in the 80's playing six hours a night, seven days a week, and has been playing around New England for over 30 years with original and cover music. He's opened for Gregg Allman, Elvin Bishop, and Eddie Money. He was the guitarist for the popular Led Zeppelin tribute Custard Pie for a decade, as well as Big Picture, 5 Flavor Discount, and the Rockin' Soul Horns. He is also a popular guitar instructor versed in a wide range of musical styles.
Karson Kayarian - Guitar, Vocals
Karson is a lifelong guitar player who started in small bar bands to get started in performing. Since then, he's continued to look for new and fulfilling ways to play.
Currently, he primarily plays for weddings and private events with a Boston based band, Groove Alliance. When available, he will fill in for the one and only Johnny Hathaway
JOHN SESTITO - DRUMS
Rich Eisner – Drums
Rich has performed throughout the US in rock, country, and jazz bands. He's recorded with top Nashville players from Kenney Chesney's, Leann Rimes', and Randy Houser's bands and was a member of Danny Klein's (J Geils Band) Full House Band. Rich has opened for Charlie Daniels, Night Ranger, Phil Vassar, Locash, Kip Moore, and more. He's been Ayla Brown's drummer for 11 years, is a drum instructor and designs custom drums.