Melaena is a 6-piece cover band based out of Norwich, CT whose sole mission is to execute music that "makes you want to dance." Melaena has been built on a foundation of musicianship, showmanship and professionalism mixed with raw talent. For over 30 years Melaena has been performing songs from every decade, from Top 40 to Motown to classic rock to current hits; Music that hits home is perhaps what has kept them ranked as one of the top cover and wedding bands in the area.

Melaena is available for your weddings and private functions, or look for them in your hometown bar or pub!


Melaena Band:

pic Bob Straub - Vocals, Saxophones, Flute, Percussion

One of the founding members of Melaena in the mid 70's, has performed with numerous national acts including Motown Greats The Temptations and The Four Tops. Bob plays sax, flute, percussion, bass, keyboards and is one of Melaena's lead vocalist. Bob states: "This current group of talented musicians I'm performing with is, by far, the most versatile I have ever performed with. Funk, Rock, R&B, Alternative, and some current country are all part of our repetiore. Just too much Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

pic Bob Thibeault - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals

Bob has performed as a lead guitarist in various rock groups and show bands since the mid 70's. In the early 80's, Bob performed throughout New England in a twelve piece show band called 'Top Shelf'. With the demise of that band, Bob joined Melaena. After joining Melaena in 1981, Bob recalls "These are the most talented musicians I've ever played with." Bob has performed with the band ever since." Some of the original members have come and gone over the years, but we've been blessed with finding new experienced musicians and the band continues to Rock!" Bob performs some of bands material using his beloved Taylor acoustic guitar. "The acoustic changes the overall sound of the band, it keeps the music interesting and exciting." Bob is a graduate of The University of New Haven!

Bernie Santore - Vocals, Guitar

pic Rich Kornacki - Drums, Percussion

Rich played in a variety of local cover bands before joining the Melaena band around 2005. He was also the drummer for many years for Connecticut progressive rock band After The Fall. Rich is also a UConn graduate - Go Huskies!

pic Hilary Carboni - Keyboards, Vocals

Hilary has been performing professionally since the mid 70's and has shared the stage with national acts Eddie Money, The Guess Who, and NRBQ. Notable local acts Hilary has been a member of include New Wave Band Cheaters, Rock Band Daze, and for 17 years performed with Five After Five, one of the premier Motown and Rock cover bands in CT. As a member of Melaena, Hilary adds horn, organ and piano parts to the mix.

pic Charlie Hedding - Bass, Vocals

Charlie has been a mainstay on the Southeastern CT music scene. After a decade plus performing with the local favorite band Five After Five, Charlie brings his solid bass playing and vocal talents to Melaena.