Ralph Mauriello to Sing National Anthem on All 3 Stages at Cajun and Blues Music Festival

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Ralph Mauriello (Singer/Entertainer)
I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me
Featuring one-man shows for your special event
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One of Ralph’s earliest memories as a child was singing in the
“Amateur Hour” contests at his Grandmother’s house every
Sunday. His Aunt Mary always organized it, and all the cousins
(and there were many) had to perform in some way; sing
dance, recite a poem etc. And he’s been singing ever since . . .
in school, in church, in choirs, in choruses, even at work while
walking down the halls to a meeting.

Ralph has been a soloist for, among others, The Valley Master Chorale, The Village Voices, The Simi Valley Master Chorale, LA Solo Repertory Orchestra etc. Ralph has also been a guest soloist for many churches in and around the Valley, and he has sung The Star Spangled Banner at the Forum and Staples Center for the Lakers and the Kings and at Dodgers Stadium for the Dodgers.

He has also performed in numerous community theater productions of Broadway musicals in roles such as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Sid Sorokin in Pajama Game, Mr. Bumble in Oliver and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma. Ralph has also performed, in two operas, Cavelleria Rusticana and I Paglliacci, with the West Coast Opera company.

Currently Ralph is a featured soloist for the San Fernando Valley Male Chorus and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Churh choir. And recently, he decided that he wasn’t singing enough so he created and developed a set of one-man 30-minute shows for special events such as birthday parties, anniversaries etc. as well for entertainment at service clubs, churches and women’s organizations.

In one show, “A Touch of Italy” he sings Italian songs, both folk and opera and tells stories of his childhood in an Italian American neighborhood in Brooklyn NY. In another show, “Love, Broadway Style” he traces the relationship of a man and a woman as they meet, fall in love, fight, make up, and finally marry, all well represented by numerous songs from Broadway musicals. In “Oh Oscar!”, he salutes the great lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II, with songs from Operettas, films and his great collaboration with Richard Rodgers.

In addition to singing, Ralph has had two careers; one as a professional baseball player and the other as an engineer. He played for 8 years in the Dodgers organization and even had a shot at the big leagues, appearing in 3 games in 1958 (honest, you can look it up). As an engineer, he spent over 30 years with Litton Industries, as a computer designer/systems analyst, and 9 years running his own consultant firm.

He married June Paulenko, in 1959, who sings and majored in math, and they had three daughters, all three of whom played girls softball (of course) and sang in choirs (of course, of course). They grew up to be a CPA, a software engineer and a teacher.

Now Ralph and June have four grandchildren, three of whom can sing (naturally) and one plays the piano as well. What about the fourth grandchild? Why doesn’t she sing? Give her time. She’s only one year old… But we are starting on better vocal projection techniques… so she can cry louder!!!