Who are the members of Tropical Sands?


 Photo Credit: Valerie Mazza

Photo Credit: Valerie Mazza

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.


 Photo Credit: Marilyn Paige

Photo Credit: Marilyn Paige

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 board certified music therapist. She holds degrees in Psychology Education from Saint Vincent College and Music from Seton Hill University.