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The Band

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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. They've supported acts such as Skid Row and The Dark Desert Eagles with a great selection of hits that people have grown up with and enjoyed listening and dancing to. This project had a legendary

start in New Zealand and has continued in stride back in the USA.

Scott Brown, guitar and vocals
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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.

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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..

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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.   

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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

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Paul got his drumming start in Boston’s original Rock scene in the 1980’s.  He has been involved in the recording and production of several original music projects one of which landed an audition on TV’s Star Search.  He later studied with legendary Jazz drummer Joe Morello and has been teaching Private lessons for the past 12 years.  Recently Paul has been playing for Danny Klein’s J Geils tribute and the Dan Lawson Blues band opening for national acts, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, The Sweet and Vanilla Fudge.  Paul is presently sharing the reins with drummer John Sestito playing 4 decades of classic rock music that he is most fond of with Scott Brown and the Diplomats.



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