Marilyn's Story

Marilyn DeFrange, originally from Kent Ohio, has been singing and writing music since childhood.  
Her music can best be described as a semi-acoustic eclectic mix with a rhythm and blues influence. Marilyn‘s voice keeps a connection with the audience that runs the gambit from a delicate whisper to a full blown bluesy wail.

“Marilyn DeFrange's vocals are eerily flawless, with a rounded, deep warmth. This kind of intimacy is almost unnerving. It offers a rare openness of heart and a lack of cynicism that is extremely hard to get away with these days. But somehow, Marilyn DeFrange does, right under your nose.” — Bill Broun, Alternative Press and Publishers Weekly

Growing up in a musical family of boys Marilyn learned to sing and play the guitar by ear. A natural talent, she began developing her songwriting skills at the age of ten. A prolific writer with a large catalog of music, she continues to connect to her audience with accessible themes and stories. She has recorded and or performed with Denis DeFrange, Rod Reisman, Fred Tribuzzo, (Baby Sirloin) Will Siegel, Paul Kemp, David Raitt, Spencer Brewer, David Hayes, Bonnie Raitt, Alex DeGrassi and Paul McCandless. Her voice and songwriting skills can be locally found on many of her peers’ CD’s.. She has produced four CD’s: Someone to Hold, Future, Something Good and Ocean of Emotion. 

Marilyn has recently formed a new music production company with the goal of marketing her music for other artists and to be licensed for movies and television. If you would like to be alerted of upcoming performances and CD releases, join the mailing list at  


The Marilyn DeFrange Band  includes  two of the past bandmates from the Kent band, Baby Sirloin. The musicians, Fred Tribuzzo on bass and guitar and Rod Reisman on drums, Keith Chelm on keyboards and Terry Hynde on sax and bass clarinet give the listener a mix of familiar and undeniable chemistry.  Collectively, they have played together in a variety of groups, on recording projects and on live radio broadcasts for many years.

 Fred Tribuzzo is a bassist, guitarist and composer. He has performed and recorded with 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), Hot Foot, The Mike Reid Band and Baby Sirloin.

Fred has a long musical history with Marilyn DeFrange. The musicality of his collaborative guitar work and his driving bass provide a driving backdrop to her music. His style of playing is both familiar and unique.  He also has enjoyed years of collaborations with drummer Rod Reisman. Together, they are a dynamic and powerhouse rhythm section.

Rod Reisman is an accomplished percussionist, working drummer and teacher. He is sought after regionally and often the drummer of choice for many local musicians. Dynamic, tasteful and driving are just some of the words used to describe his well rounded style of playing. 

Rod’s professional career includes work with Sextet Devo (yes, THAT Devo), 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), Monopoly, Paradise, Crystal Brandy (on a Far East USO tour), Buckeye Biscuit, Paradise, Baby Sirloin, Alex Bevan (Low Tech and Proud), John Dailey, and First Light, Prayer Warriors, Outlaws I&I.

 Terry Hynde, one of the original members of the well known and long running 15-16-75 The Numbers Band, has an unmistakable saxophone style. He brings an energy to the music that is electrifying and stands on it’s own. Marilyn’s own arrangements of covers such as Moondance and Fever are taken to another level with Terry’s playing. 

Keith Chelm comes to the group with a well rounded musical history supporting many artists such as Larry Coryell, Bill Kirchen and Carey Bell. Bands included Northstar, Jump the Gun, and currently with the Neil Young Tribute Band, Harvest. He has an extensive arsenal in styles on the keys that are expressed in his tasteful and dynamic playing. He adds a well rounded sound to the music.