Who are the members of Tropical Sands?


Photo Credit:  Danelle Yerkey

Photo Credit: Danelle Yerkey

Matt Mazza - tenor pan & guitar

Matt Mazza, along with Tropical Sands co-founder Carmen Bruno, started the Tropical Sands Steel Band in 2009. In addition to tenor pan and guitar, Matt also plays trombone, mandolin, and sings.

Matt has a degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and currently works as a financial advisor. When not working, Matt enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his daughter.


Photo Credit:  Danelle Yerkey

Photo Credit: Danelle Yerkey

Valerie Mazza - guitar, vocals, & ukulele

Valerie joined Tropical Sands as a part-time member in 2011 as a vocalist and guitarist. Now a full-time band member, Valerie plays at all events with the band. Along with vocals, guitar, and ukulele, Valerie also plays the piano.

In addition to her responsibilities with Tropical Sands, Valerie works as a PA certified music teacher and is also a board certified music therapist. She holds degrees in Psychology Education from Saint Vincent College and Music from Seton Hill University. When she’s not teaching or performing, Valerie enjoys reading and spending time with her daughter.