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Reston, VA
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Portrait of Ed Balduzzi


Ed Balduzzi, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, chose a musical path from a young age. With the help of supportive parents, including his father who once sang in a barbershop quartet, Ed’s early experiences in music included piano lessons and recitals, school concert band and jazz combo (alto saxophone), and school chorus. At age seventeen, Ed fell in love with the acoustic guitar, began writing his own songs, and the instrument has been a catalyst ever since.

While living in Syracuse, Ed was a founding member of the “Tumbleweed Jones Band”, a popular local cover band, and also began a songwriting partnership with fellow guitarist Brian Todd Wetmore that lasts today. Calling themselves “The Thicket,” the two have thus far recorded three independent works: ‘American Sunrise’ (2000), ‘Knock On ‘(2005), and ‘Live…in the Thicket’ (2009).

In the fall of 2005 Ed Balduzzi moved to San Diego, California and his musical journey continued. He performed in both large clubs and intimate coffee houses, neighborhood bars and wine bistros, this time mostly as a solo acoustic act. It was while living in San Diego that Ed wrote, recorded, and co-produced a collection of six songs entitled ‘On This Road’(2013).

In early 2012 life’s journey took Ed back to the east coast, living this time outside of Washington, DC in Reston, Virginia. Having moved to a new area once again, music remains the one constant, and Ed Balduzzi currently performs all around the greater DC area as a solo acoustic act, and with the Ed Balduzzi Band, affectionately known as “ebb.” Ed also occasionally still plays with the “Tumbleweed Jones Band” when he is in the Syracuse area, all the while continuing the collaborative effort with Wetmore, “the Thicket.” He is also currently pursuing a degree certification program in Pro Tools audio engineering/recording at Northern Virginia Community College, with notable instructor and musician Sanjay Mishra.