About Us

A little about the Sauce

Special Sauce are five seasoned musicians and friends.  Each playing in successful musical projects over the years, they've developed an incredible catalog of Rock, Soul, Blues and Fun. It becomes apparent that they have the goods, once they take the stage.

Tight grooves executed by professional musicianship, and well-crafted arrangements of original music and covers make for a fun show. Always engaging and looking to have some fun, The Special Sauce Band has arrived!

Special Sauce has just the right ingredients for great music, A recipe handed down through years of experience and reliability!


Doug Varady - Guitar and Vocals

"I had been playing sax since age 10, and when my brother gave me Johnny Winter's Progressive Blues Experiment to listen to. About 30 seconds into the first song (Rolling and Tumbling), I jumped up and asked my mother to  get me a guitar. In 1964 my sax cost $364.00 needless to say My mom was a little more than upset. She told me to save my $ and buy one myself so I did. It was a Kimberly acoustic guitar $5.00 it took me 6 months to raise the cheese!!!!"


Alan Copeland - Drums & Vocals

“Creativity has always been a driving force in my life. Music is my earliest and most enduring expression of that. My family was both musical and artistic. I was drawn to playing early on by listening to my parents big band records, and by the blues and R&B artists of the day. After piano and trumpet, I started drumming at 14 and quickly realized that it provided friendship, relaxation and a creative outlet for me. Music is not just something I do, it is who I am...”


Gary Broderson - Keyboards & Vocals

“I have been all in on music since the age of 7!  I played with a wide array of amazing bands.  My biggest influences include Jimmy Smith, Oscar Peterson, and Dr John. Music is magical! I love the rhythm and the interaction with the band and the audience!"


Kenny Willams - Bass

"I started playing guitar at age 12 (I still do) and  switched to the bass when I was 18 because no one else I knew played it.  I found that it fit me well and it became my passion. And once I'm on stage, I transform and just have a great time getting the groove."


Paul "The Deacon" Toscano - Harmonica & Vocals

"Music grabbed hold of me at an early age. Nothing was out of bounds. It's the beat, the groove, the group of folks putting it together that excites. Once you're on that stage, you transform."


Five guys - One Mission

Give the people what they want. Tight grooves, fun, hard driving songs that go for the throat and don't ever let you go. Wear them out and leave them asking  for more. We work to deliver  that kind of energy every time we take the stage.


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