‘Hit Play’ Grows in Popularity as a Leading

Top 40 Band Spanning a Variety of Eras and Musical Genres 


(Wheeling, WV) -- Local band grows in popularity as an 80’s, 90’s and Today tribute band – as their blend of infectious vocals, rhythms and melody leaves listeners saying,‘that sounded better than the original.’


With a growing Facebook page of nearly 2,000 since their start in February, 2012 the band ‘Hit Play’ is becoming the premiere cover band for all ages, leaving no sound or musical style untouched. The bands’ dynamic sounds pay homage to artists including Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Journey, and The Beatles


The band has already played in some of the top conferences, banquet rooms and clubs throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio including:


  • The Hines History Center in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Bartini in Morgantown, WV
  • Generations in Wheeling, WV
  • Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA
  • Latitute 360 in Pittsburgh PA


One fan, Maura Minteer, comments about the band on their Facebook Fan Page stating, "Heard this GREAT BAND at the Hines History Center… MUSICIANSHIP, VOCALS, PROFESSIONALISM all STELLAR!"


The tribute band specializes in both public and municipal events not limited to: weddings, Christmas parties, corporate events, and birthday parties. The band prides themselves on one goal: to make each event wherever they perform a success. 


About the band: 


‘Hit Play’ is a 6-member band that was formed in 2012 by Ezra Hamilton, who is the voice and leader of the West Virginia-based cover band.’. Ezra Hamilton is the voice and leader of the West Virginia-based act. Ezra has invested 20+ years of his life devoted to making music and has shared the stage with some of the music industry's brightest, such as Gavin DeGraw, Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band, Daughtry and Robert Randolph. In 2012 he took time away from writing, recording and producing his own original music to pursue his passion for performance. Blending a wide range of popular songs with his own style of live performance, Ezra discovered that with the right group of musicians he could bring a concert experience to every audience.

The band consists of members
Jon Banco; Saxophone & Vocals
Eli Lambie; Piano/Keys &Vocals
Jonathan Ricciardi; Lead Guitar
John L'Ecuyer; Drums
David Tangamo: Bass