On 04, Jun 2014 | In Wedding Bands | By CMG
A collaboration between some of Cleveland’s most notable performers, Tony Koussa Jr. and Erin Rossi, The Element is sure to be the perfect fit for your wedding if you’re looking for a band whose talent is only matched by their professionalism.
The Element’s playlist spans Jazz to Classic Rock, Motown, Pop and Country, all performed with the charm and energy that keeps your guests on the dance floor. To give your event added flair and sound, The Element can be expanded from a 5-piece to an 8-piece band with the addition of their fabulous horn section.
The Element was recently featured in a Today’s Bride Real Wedding!
- Tony has logged thousands of performances and grown in his musicianship, playing guitar, bass, and keyboards, all while developing one of the most unique and fierce singing voices you’ll hear. Tony has not only been a staple in the Cleveland music scene, but has toured toured nationally and internationally with Rounder Records recording artists, along with a Gospel Music tour of Germany and the US. He was voted the Best Horn Player in Northeast Ohio by the Cleveland Free Times and voted Best Male Vocalist by the independent music site, Garageband.com. He has an extensive recording career and has shared the stage with Maceo Parker (of James Brown), GE Smith (of the Saturday Night Live Band), Robert Lockwood Jr., Koko Taylor, and Little Milton, to name a few. He has led his bands to open for the likes of Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Spryo Gyra, and Mannheim Steamroller. Tony has also played for presidents Bill Clinton and at George W. Bush’s 2nd-term Inaugural Ball. Tony is endorsed by Cannonball Saxophones. For the past 18 years, Tony has been captivating audiences and sharing his talents on the small stages to the big ones, bars to weddings, corporate events to festivals, and his talent is only matched by his professionalism.
Tony Koussa – Keys, Sax, Vocals, Music Director/Band leaderErin has made a name for herself as one of the region’s premier vocalists, having sung professionally since the age of 15. No other female vocalist can match her signature, smoky style and her magnetic charisma on stage. Erin is also the Sales & Promotions Manager at Cleveland Music Group.
Erin Rossi – VocalsChad is a world-class musician who has toured the United States and Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Just like most people, you will be drawn in as Chad sings and plays, with his subtle and smooth vocal style and his electrifying energy.
Chad May – Guitar/Vocals/TrumpetIn his 25+ years of experience, Martin has shared the bandstand with numerous Jazz luminaries, including pianist Johnny O’Neal, Motown drummer Richard Pistol Allen, organist Bill Heid, alto saxophonist Rick Margitza, guitarists Leon Cook, Dan Faehnle, and Henry Johnson. Martin has also performed at the International Jazz fest.
Martin Greenberg – Upright & Electric BassProfessor Cummings is the total package: with 30+ years as a live and studio drummer and a Masters in Music, Chris lays down the perfect beats to keep the party going from bar one. He’s opened for the likes of Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, and Southside Johnny, all while teaching at Newton D. Baker School in Cleveland.
Chris Cummings – Drums
Nothing short of amazing!
From the beginning when we first started working with Scott, we have been nothing but impressed with Cleveland Music Group. The communication was wonderful when we were planning the timeline of our wedding. Erin from The Element was terrific to work with. She was easy to communicate with, upbeat and instantly I felt at ease with our music selection. Leading up to our wedding we talked with Erin many times and she was willing to work with us and our selections. During our wedding she was great, watching the flow of the evening. The band was outstanding! We had many compliments and our guests loved the sound and selection the band played. Thank you for making our wedding truly special!John and Molly CancilaMar 25, 2017Columbus Athenaeum
I truly can’t speak more highly about The Element band. We chose to use the brass (trumpet and saxophone players) and the band really nailed the night. Our dance floor was packed from start to finish; our guests were totally into the music. Erin (the lead singer) has a lovely voice! She was so great to work with; from the planning stages on. She worked with us to create a unique playlist for our wedding that we wanted. They even learned a few songs for us! (Just FYI; if you want the dance floor rocking, go for the YMCA!)
The Element band did an awesome job. We could not be happier about the performance and the energy of the night. Exactly what we were looking for!Justin Hollinshead and Stephanie (Browske) HollinsheadDec 3, 2016The Ariel International Center
The Element Band was AMAZING for our wedding. I am so happy that we hired them! Erin (one of the lead singers) was always quick to respond to emails/phone calls when we had questions. They were well prepared for our wedding and a joy to work with. They kept all our guests moving on the dance floor until the very last song of the evening! Multiple guests came up to me to say they wanted to have The Element for their wedding. Thank you again The Element for making our wedding such a wonderful party!Crystal Oley/ Jeff PfisterSep 3, 2016The Inn At Honey Run
The Element was 100% amazing in every way. The band absolutely killed it at our wedding. They sounded great, the vocals were SO GOOD, and they kept the energy level high the whole time. People danced until they turned the lights on! Leading up to the event, Erin was awesome to work with. She is accommodating and well-organized and also so friendly and easy-going. We felt like she really listened to our requests and it showed at the wedding as we felt like every detail was thought of. She made great recommendations too and we felt very confident going into the event that it was going to be perfect…and it was!Nikki Tofalo & Bennet NewmanAug 27, 2016The Terrace Club at Progressive Field
Best wedding band EVER!
I had the pleasure of having The Element perform at our wedding reception. I cannot put into words how talented they all are and how easy it was to work with Erin. They made it very special by surprising me with learning a couple of songs that were especially meaningful to me! I also received a number of compliments from our guests that night on how great they were and even days afterwards. They had everyone on the dance floor until the end of the night! I would without a doubt recommend them to anyone for their wedding, or any other event for that matter. They were truly wonderful.Stephanie Marchak and Brandon EarnsbergerOct 15, 2016The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
Doesn’t Get Any Better Than The Element
My fiance and I knew we wanted a band and not a DJ for our wedding. From the moment we heard The Element perform at a friend’s wedding we knew there would be no better band that was as engaging, animated and musically talented as The Element. Erin Rossi was beyond helpful with planning our song selections. She made me and my fiance feel so relaxed and comfortable. I knew the band would be wonderful and that I wouldn’t have to worry about them.
I was right. The day of the wedding they were extremely professional and accommodating to add in our flower girls and ring bearer into the bridal party announcements. Erin had been in constant communication with me for the days leading up to the wedding to make sure she had the correct pronunciation of each bridal party member. She did a beautiful job as the MC and kept our guests dancing all night. We are so very happy with our choice and hope that you consider The Element when you’re exploring bands!!!Tealla Scrofano & Scott GehlbachAug 12, 2016Tudor Arms Hotel
The Element was AMAZING and made our wedding!!
The Element was AMAZING!! They MADE our wedding and had everyone, from young to old, up and dancing. Not only did they perform beautifully for our ceremony and cocktail hour but they also rocked it out at the reception! Everyone, including us, were raving about their songs, singing, and the upbeat vibe they kept going all night. Their musical talents and singing abilities are on point and SO impressive. If you’re looking to make your wedding night or event truly special, then this is the band to get! Thanks again!!Megan and Collin MoranJul 1, 2016ThornCreek Winery
Wonderful God given talent!
We are so grateful for your wonderful God given talent, The Element is just great, the song was beautiful. I felt like a shortstop at an action packed game because I was fielding so many questions about you and the band. Our neighbors want to hire you for the street party, my friends asked me to get you booked for a party. I just want you to know we thank you and appreciate you and although since I only had three daughters there better be no more weddings for them. I wish you all the best, if it was the 70s I would take you touring. At another wedding or event we will hope to meet up again with you.Ron ConnollyJun 18, 2016Union Club
A winter wedding
We hired The Element to play at our daughters wedding reception. Right from the beginning we felt very comfortable working with Erin. Picking the right entertainment is by far the most important aspect in producing a fun evening of celebration. The band was absolutely the best. The variety of songs played were perfect. The dance floor was packed all night long. Thank you to the band The Element for accommodating our choice in music and helping make the evening a night to remember!Cindy PampushDec 19, 2015The Club and Hillbrook
Talent, Energy and Professionalism…the Trifecta!
Once the music started, everyone hit the dance floor and never stopped. The guests responded so well to The Element, the energy was palpable. I have to admit that even though I had heard the demos and thought the talent was there, I wasn’t sure if the group would be a big enough sound to carry the tent. But they are such sensational musicians and singers, they do have a “big” sound and “pulled” the crowd onto the floor…young and old alike. They were courteous and even let one of our guests onto the stage to sing a couple of songs…and they harmonized with him! I was thrilled and the bride and groom were too. The Element was a key ingredient to making it such a joyous occasion.Constance AbbeySep 5, 2015The Holden Arboretum
I could not be happier that we chose to go with The Element for our live band. They did such an excellent job! I can’t even count how many of my guests said that our reception was the funnest they had ever been to and it was all thanks to The Element! They were even accommodating of some of our rowdier guests and allowed them to join them up on stage. They truly made it the best night ever!Jamie and John ApaAug 1, 2015Tiffany's Banquet Center
So much fun!
The band, The Element, made the wedding the “party of the century!” (a quote from a guest at the wedding!) It was so much fun, and the dance floor was jam packed all night! The variety of the music was awesome…and the band was fabulous! I just can’t say enough about how happy we were with the band!Cheryl Kordel/Jeff & ElizabethJul 3, 2015Windows on the River
Fox 8 Wedding
Angela and I thought that your band was amazing. We could not be more happy with the service provided to us. The Element was such an amazing band and be advised that all of my guests have informed us how well your performed. I can honestly tell you that we could not be more pleased and thank you for making our wedding day, the day we have always dreamed of.Oscar Albores and Angela AlboresJun 26, 2015I Do at the Zoo (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
The Element – Wedding
The Element was a great band for my wedding! They were so easy to work with during the planning and the wedding day. We were FLOODED with compliments from our wedding guests about the band!Steven & Janelle ChamberlinMay 30, 2015The Union Club
A great celebration with The Element!
We saw The Element play twice before hiring them for our Wedding. We loved the band and knew that they would put on a good show….we never expected to get the kind of amazing, blow the roof performance we ended up experiencing! The only instructions we had going in was to make sure everyone was dancing and having a good time. From the dancing during dinner to the hava nagila they kept our guests on their feet! Even the one who never get on the dance floor 🙂 Nearly every song we asked to hear was played, and we both loved how the band interacted with our guests. We were especially impressed with choice saxophone and trumpet solos. Everyone we talked to had wonderful things to say about The Element. We are both so happy we found this group and wish them all the success in the future. Thank you for everything. It was a great celebration with The Element!Jon and Megan BergerMay 2, 2015The Tudor Arms Hotel in Cleveland
Words cannot express my gratitude to you. Thank you to you and the rest of the band for making our wedding night so perfect. Everything was perfect – from cocktail hour to the dance party – you guys KILLED it! Everyone has been asking me, ‘Who was your band?!’ And I make sure to tell them, ‘THE ELEMENT! Use them! They are amazing to work with.’Amy (Schneider) & Zak LeightonSep 13, 2014Deep Springs Trout Club
You and the band were better than we could have imagined. Our guests thought so too!Danielle & Bryan @ Airport MarriottJul 1, 2014
Wow! We knew you and your band were going to be good, but you absolutely blew us away!David & Katie @ Quail Hollow ResortJul 1, 2014
We cant thank you enough for the amazing job you did…you guys are truly the best of the best.Marie & Bob @ Windows on the RiverJun 1, 2014
The Element went above and beyond our expectations – everyone at the wedding was commenting on how great they were, even those few that weren’t on the dance floor! Erin was amazing and easy to work with before the reception and as emcee made our night flow so easily – it couldn’t have gone better. I’d recommend The Element to everyone looking for a great party at your event!Marcy (Souder) & Brett LuciusMay 17, 2014Catawba Island Club
Your band made us look good!! Seriously, you were the BEST!!!Meghan & Patrick @ The Shoreby ClubMay 1, 2014
I wanted to let you know that we received so many compliments on the band. My parents also received quoted a few compliments as well. You guys were awesome and helped make our reception so much fun. Thank you again for all your hard work and helping us put everything together.Nicole & GregAug 24, 2013Fairlawn Hilton
Thanks again for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding. You have a great voice! You and Tony were great to work with! You really made our reception special. We look forward to staying in touch.Abbe & DougMar 16, 2013ONeil House Bed & Breakfast