Joel Pirard has been playing, writing, and recording original rock music for years, as a guitarist, bassist
and keyboardist, and vocalist In 1981, Joel met Don Pitz,. Joel and Don played together in ALASKA,
(featuring Dan Palladino), Tombstone and
ANTHEM. In 1985, Joel answered a call for a keyboardist for THE ALIENZ, where he met Arno Tietje. Arno and Joel soon became fast friends, and
thus the seeds of THE JDA PROJECT were sown. JDA
has released 4 CDs, A Fine TIme, Through A Moving Window. Syzygy, and Dropstones.
Don Pitz is JDA's primary lead vocalist. He also plays keyboards, guitar, bass, and percussion. Don first encountered
Joel in the band ALASKA, and when that band folded they both separately auditioned
for a local hot cover band called ANTHEM, and as luck would have it, both got in! At the same time Joel had been playing with THE ALIENZ and introduced Don ( then with the Clamour) to Arno, so the
association was born which lead eventually to the formation of THE JDA PROJECT
Arno Tietje is the primary
lead guitarist in .THE JDA PROJECT Arno also sings, plays bass, percussion, lap steel guitar, and harmonica. Arno also writes much
of THE JDA PROJECT's material, and is a gifted arranger. His JDA association began with Joel joining his band THE ALIENZ. In 1997, when
THE JDA PROJECT 's first recorded together, the real 'magic' was
born. The rest is history.
Robert (Robbie) Offerman is a fixture
on the local music scene is well known to many Westchester musicians and fans alike. His solid drumming and quick memory for
obscure songs has made him a valuable asset to many a rock and roll outfit. .
Most notably, in ‘The Clamour’: starting in 1980 with gigs at ‘The Rising
Sun’. As it turns out later versions of the Clamour included former JDA Project drummer
Chris Sottile. Recently he has recorded and played with the now defunct Lord Saytr & The Surf Gods
a surf-punk band.
Born and raised in The Bronx Frank started playing guitar around age 10 switching to bass a few years later and began playing
area high school dances with local cover bands. In his mid to late teens he played high school & college dances , Tri-state
clubs and weddings playing covers with the Tin Lizzy and City Addition. In the mid 70s he played exclusively with Tin Lizzy
doing covers and original music around the tri - state area until the late 70s when the group changed direction doing all
original music as Fagan and later changing the group name to the Buddy Traina Band playing the NYC circuit and producing 1
single. After disbanding in the early 90s Frank stepped away from band life to focus on family and other interests like gardening
and cooking. Now as an empty-nester the time came to find a group to go out and play again with THE JDA PROJECT