out as a studio project, in 1997, a BEATLES tribute project was done strictly for fun to break in a home studio.
and recording 24 Beatles songs, JDA decided to write and record some original music.
At the time, and
ongoing, JDA, or The JDA Project, as they are now called, has consisted of 2 aspects.
end, that is the writers, Joel Pirard, main keyboards, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, Don Pitz, additional
keyboards, vocals, acoustic guitar, and Arno Tietje ( pronounced tee-jay), lead, rhythm, acoustic, and bass guitar, vocals.
Drums were realized
using various programmed drum machines to simulate a live drummer as much as possible.
JDA has released 4 CDs, A
Fine TIme, Through A Moving Window. Syzygy, and Dropstones.
The other aspect
of the band is the live part.
Around the time of Syzygy, ( 2005 ) the guys decided to put a live band together to showcase the original music
and also to play classic rock covers. Several minor lineup changes have jelled into the current incarnation. Joel, Don, Arno,
with Larry Lipsen, on bass, and Robbie Offerman on drums.
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. Now currently with ‘The Toddlers’, and
The JDA Project, Robbie is a drummer who has done and continues to do it all!
Lawrence "Larry" Lipsen studied trumpet and piano as a child. He majored in classical guitar in college.Lawrence
has been playing electric bass since the age of sixteen. A native of Lexington, Mass. He has played in rock and blues bands
in and around Boston, Denver, San Francisco, and New York.On occasion, he solos on classical guitar. A resident of Edgewater
NJ, Lawrence also served as music director of the Edgewater Music and Arts Council.