Group Bios


The 2009 Royal Teens

The 2009 Royal Teens

Tom Austin (Drums): Tom Austin, founder of The Royal Teens, has been playing drums professionally for most of his life. As a member of The Royal Teens, he co-wrote their Number 3 hit, “Short Shorts.”

Peter La Rosa (Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, and Flute): Peter La Rosa began performing at age eight and received a degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to performing in Off-Broadway productions of Charlie’s Aunt and Kiss Me Kate, Peter has sung with the Bronx Opera Company and the Liederkranz Opera showcase.

Charles Frommer (Tenor Sax and Vocals): Charles Frommer studied at the New England Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music (Boston). His diverse career has included being the bass guitarist, musical director and arranger in the Off-Broadway production of Hunchback Without A Bell; the national and European tours of Smokey Joe’s Café, and national tour of Grease.

Joey Donato (Guitar and Vocals): An ardent disciple of Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Les Paul, Joey began playing guitar by the age of 13. By 15, he was studying with Con Estone and later the legendary, late, great Carmen Mastron. During his teenage years, he was playing clubs on the same bill as the Hassels, Billy Joel’s group, The Young Rascals and The Vagrants, Leslie West’s group. It was in the presence of these groups that Joey found his style and timing. After a tour of military duty and before joining The Royal Teens, Joe resumed his playing experience by providing the guitar background for acts such as The Belmonts and later Gary US Bonds. He openly admits that his greatest love is taking on those intricate guitar solos that have traditionally punctuated the unique Royal Teens’ sound.


The Royal Teens

The Royal Teens

Bob Gaudio (Piano): The youngest member of The Royal Teens, Bob Gaudio, began playing piano at age eight. Like most kids, Bob hated to practice, but soon found that the piano presented enough of an interesting challenge and he soon looked forward to his sessions with the keyboard. Throughout his time performing with the group, Bob studied piano privately under the tutelage of famed Sal Mosca. He co-wrote The Royal Teens’ Number Three hit “Short Shorts” with bandmate Tom Austin. Following his success with The Royal Teens, Bob became an original member of The Four Seasons.

Larry Qualiano (Saxophone):
A gifted musician to the extreme, Larry Qualiano held an important berth with the Royal Teens with his amazing versatility: Larry played the tenor, alto and baritone saxophone(s), “legitimate” clarinet and the flute.

Bill Dalton (Guitar): Beginning formal music studies in his early teens, Bill was attracted to the guitar from watching countless cowboy movies. Discovering his grandfather’s old guitar in the cellar of his home, Bill put the dilapidated instrument into playing condition and found that he could strum away to his heart’s content. Besides the guitar, Bill also performed on the bass whenever necessary.

Tom Austin (Drums): Tom’s entry into the music world began as a boy when his uncle, a professional drummer, once left his traps and equipment at the Austin house, and the Tom began playing. He was eventually offered a job to play with a small combo at a local (New Jersey) Police Athletic League (PAL) affair. That started his professional ball rolling, and Tom continued to play with various groups throughout his high school career—while studying under Irwin “Russ” Russo. As a member of The Royal Teens, Tom co-wrote the group’s big hit “Short Shorts” with bandmate Bob Gaudio.