It’s great to be Italian! How can you go wrong
growing up in a family that listens to all the classic Italian-American artists
like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Louis Prima?
The Russo Brothers, Nick and Dominic, born and raised just outside Milwaukee, WI, caught
on to this musical style rather quickly. Imitating these artists along with
Pavarotti and Elvis Presley when he was 3 years old, Dominic has all the vocal
chops he’ll ever need to sing the great Italian-American standards with passion
Thanks to the nuns of St. Joan Antida’s preschool who taught Nick to
tickle the ivories, and taught Dom to belt out “O Sole Mio,” the Russo Brothers
were ready to make their debut on Festa Italiana’s Children Stage on Milwaukee’s
Ever since the boys stepped on that stage when they were 4 and 8 years
old, they have been incorporating more classic songs into their repertoire and
improving their show year after year. While Nick now writes the band arrangements
of these classic songs with a more modern kick, and Dominic fills out the show
with his remarkable voice and captivating style, the Russo Brothers have a show
and sound you don’t want to miss!
Performing at Festa Italiana’s are their forte.
Having performed at Milwaukee’s Festa for over a decade has opened many doors for
the boys. In the fall of 2011 the brothers performed in St. Paul,
Minnesota to kick off its very first Festa Italiana. Gaining some local
publicity, in December 2011 the boys were interviewed on the Jayne Taylor Show a local access
community station. In 2012 they brought their show to Festa
Italiana Tampa, Florida and in 2013, entertained Festa Italiana di Vandergrift right outiside Pittsburg, Pennsylvania!
Besides rocking Italian Festivals, the Russo
Brothers individually have their own musical successes.
Dominic mastered the role of Tevye in
Brookfield Central’s 2009 production of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” He uses
his talents to volunteer in his community for events such as Elmbrook Memorial
Hospital’s “Stars of Life Tree Lighting Ceremony” and the Children’s Christmas
party for the American Cancer Society’s “Fantasy House.” Dominic had mastered his conga skills in the University of Minnesota’s African Drum
Ensemble, he also had a major role in leading the U of M’s vocal a cappella
group “Basses Wild.” Most recently Dominic starred as 'Judah' in the Sunset Playhouse's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Nick has had the amazing opportunity to play the organ in
St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
He also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Some of his accomplishments
closer to home are performing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Florentine
Opera and the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee. He was the section leader in both Indiana
University’s marching band the “Marching Hundred” and IU’s elite traveling
chorus the “Singing Hoosiers”. Nick recently had the opportunity to travel to Ystad, Sweden and perform for the community at St. Mary's Church.
While both of the brothers are accomplished
musicians in the Milwaukee area, the boys are also outstanding members in their
community and scholastically successful as well.
Nick graduated from IU’s
Jacob’s School of Music in 2010 and graduated form Marquette University’s
School of Dentistry, in May of 2014. Throughout dental school and presently Nick is the Director of Music at
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and from time to time, substitutes for local Catholic Parishes.
Dominic graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 2010 and
is currently attending the U of M’s Carlson School of Management with a Minor
The culmination of their experiences and vast collection
of skills allow the Russo Brothers to put on a show that will surely put a big
Italian smile on your face!
Updated by Nick V. Russo 9/30/14