This is BIG NEWS and a BIG moment for me...
I'm so happy to announce that I have joined countless creators and professionals who serve, celebrate, and advocate in the name of music year-round. It’s an honor, and an absolute privilege, to be inducted as a member of the 2023 Recording Academy/GRAMMYs class as an official voting member!
What does this mean? Let me tell you! So I now have the privilege of participating in and voting in THE GRAMMY nominations and selection process here in the United States! Along with voting privileges, I have more opportunities to advocate for music education, rights, and community everywhere! What a dream come true!!
A huge thank you to Bill Hare (Bill Hare Productions) and Rob Dietz for recommending me, and for your mentorship and support over all these years! You continue to inspire me everyday with your own beautiful work!
A huge thank you to Ball in the House, for allowing me to continue my dream of a music/a cappella career. I'm blessed everyday to make great music with you all.
A huge thank you to all of my music teachers who helped me get to this point in my music career. I wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for you. I cherish your musical wisdom and inspiration everyday I step on stage or work with a group. Among many others, ranging from elementary school to Ithaca College, thank you Paul Tomashefsky, Sue Cooper, Karen Forrest, Joseph Stillitano, Matt Lefebvre, David Jost, Frank Gabriel Campos, Dr. Mark Fonder, Mike Titlebaum, Drew Benoît, Dr. Jennifer Sengin, and Dr. Janet Galván.
A huge thank you to my family and friends for all of the love and support since I picked up the trumpet in 5th grade. Look how far I've come!
To my wife and son, Alex and Mateo, I am thankful for all of your unending cheering, support, and inspiration to be the best version of myself every single day, both inside and outside of my music world. I feel your love every time I'm immersed in my passion, and I am forever grateful. I love you forever +1+2+3 💙❤️
Hello everyone! I hope everyone's music creating is strong and flowing! To all students finishing out the school year or semester right now, best of luck with finals! Summer is right around the corner! To those who have finished school, starting their next chapters, and/or graduated, congratulations!
The #acappella world has been thriving, and it's great to see so many recordings being released, and festivals going strong! Haven't seen and felt this excitement since before the pandemic! We've truly come out of the dark and the light is shining bright for all musicians! Still plenty of work to do, but we're right where we need to be!
I've been MIA for a bit because at the end of March, my wife gave birth to our baby boy, Mateo Anthony Cincotta-Guest! He's now almost 7 weeks old (!!), and life has never been the same since he came into our world! It's been a whirlwind, but what a joy it is to step into the role of fatherhood! I can't wait, and I'm beyond excited, to share my music and a cappella life with my son!
To all a cappella groups, if you are looking for any new arrangements, recording projects, or master classes, I'm here for you, whether it's for the end of this semester, the summer, or the next academic year and beyond! Let's make some great music together!
Wow! It's great to see so many #acappella producer, arranger, engineers, and educator friends get nominated for this year's Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA)!! Always inspiring, and always learning so much from listening to the best of the best in the a cappella community!
Huge shout out and special congrats to:
Mel Daneke (Viridian Productions), J.D. Frizzell (OneVoice), Angela Marie Ugolini (Aurum Productions), Rob Dietz, Harry Nichols, The Funx, Eric Scholz (Eric Scholz Productions), Jill Clark (Jill Clark Productions), Pablo Vega (The Workshop), Liquid 5th Productions, Erik Bosio, Rebel Bit, James Gammon, Ed Boyer, Bill Hare (Bill Hare Productions), Dave Sperandio (Vocal Mastering), Shannon McNulty, Hannah Tobias, Johnny DelToro, Archana Gopal, Jonny Stewart, Christopher Given Harrison, Six Appeal, Alexander Koutzoukis & Alex Green (Plaid Productions), Justin Crichfield, Eric Tarlin, Ardú, ONAIR, Isaiah Carter, Nomadic, N'Namdi Bryant (of Naturally 7), Katherine Bodor, Pitch, Please, Treble on Huntington, Backtrack Vocals, The Swingles, Nathan Harms (Elevate Vocal Band), Tim Bongiovanni (Northgate Studio), Kevin DeLisa (Philly Accents)!
Check out the full list of 2023 CARA nominees HERE! Congratulations everyone!
Wow...and just like that, 2023 is right around the corner! What a year it's been!
I am beyond grateful for all of the performing and music making that was accomplished this past year! I had many wonderful performance opportunities with my brothers in Ball in the House this past year:
We were plenty busy, and blessed, with all of this work! Be on the look out for updates with our new music and album come the new year!
Speaking of the new year...by far the biggest and greatest news of all...
my wife and I are expecting a baby boy this coming April!! We are absolutely over the moon! We're a little over half way there -- 23 weeks now! -- and we are resting, reading up, learning plenty of Dad jokes, and getting ready for his big arrival! Some words from your parents for you, our sweet boy:
May you see a world with wide eyes and an open heart,
May you find and follow your passions, wherever you go.
We are always here for you, through thick and thin.
We believe in you now, and are excited to see who you will become.
Be kind. Trust yourself. Do good. Never give up.
"We'll love you forever, we'll like you for always,
As long as we're living, our baby you'll be."
I paraphrased a little with that last part from our favorite book by Robert Munsch. We can't wait to read that book to you 😊 We can't wait to welcome you to the world, Baby CG!
Happy Holidays to all! Excited for the new year, as I already have some exciting master classes and work booked in 2023! With the new ICCA/ICHSA season upon us, I am happy to come in and work with your #acappella group, in any capacity!
Reach out any time, and let's chat!
May you all have a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year!
It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I fully immersed myself with singing in a choral ensemble and an a cappella group. I tell everyone this all the time; I was a "late bloomer" when it came to singing in choir! That's the point...it's never too late to go and try something new.
A week ago, I had the opportunity to help kick off the start of the new school year for ALL of the teachers in Westborough, MA, the town I grew up in, with my brothers in Ball in the House. To be able to perform at my alma mater, to be able to talk about my life story, to be given the chance to say thank you to many former teachers of mine (some are still teaching!), and to be able to share my passion…I am beyond blessed for the life I have…it’s the Westborough Public Schools that created the foundation of my life, along with showing me that I have a voice to create harmony, not only through music, but, in life. Thank you will never be enough.
It's because I took a leap of faith and tried something new, all those years ago, that I now make a living making music! My literal dream since high school. Though, I think it was really in middle school that I told myself: "Hey...you're not half bad at this; I can see myself doing this!". I never could have imagined this journey of ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and so many zig zags in directions I never thought I'd go (this whole sentence is a post for another day). Even today, I still feel like I'm on a road that will take a turn to a new place, or something will happen that will challenge me, and flex my musical chops to its fullest. In my opinion, a musician's life is one of the greatest joys and most rewarding, satisfying jobs you could have, and yet, it's one of the hardest fields to navigate. Though, that's the gig we signed up for, isn't it? I'm looking at all of you, creatives!
The souls and hearts of musicians, and all creatives, are some of the most durable and fragile (and everything in-between) personalities that exist in this world. The amount of preparation (i.e. practice), mind compartmentalization, patience, and persistence it takes to be ready at a moments notice for any type of gig is mind boggling. The versatility one must have to "be a musician" involves so much more than just music. You need to understand business, marketing and branding, know how to talk to people effectively, and how to be able to collaborate and work on a team. You are a producer. You are a teacher. You are a critic. Let me tell you, criticism will follow you everywhere, and you can make it your greatest ally, or your worst enemy. However, in my short 16 years of being immersed in the music industry, showing kindness and respect everywhere you have the privilege to go, will take you far. People will remember that. Always.
To all upcoming musicians and creatives who are just starting out, to the well-experienced, seasoned professional musicians and beyond...a simple reminder:
Be kind to others (especially yourself), work efficiently and on time, try...and fail many times (you will learn more from failure than anything else), never give up, and show up. It's never too late to go and try something new.
I'm rooting and cheering for you. We've got this.
Looking back on the day of my wedding, there were so many wonderful moments that Alex and I will cherish forever. It was an absolutely beautiful day of celebrating our love and happiness. We're so blessed. We knew right from the start of planning the big day, we wanted a special moment involving something we both love: music.
We knew we wanted a musical number during the ceremony, and we (I, especially) wanted it to be an a cappella performance -- no brainer, right? We both wanted a song that would represent our excitement for our future together - we ended up choosing "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman. From there, it was all on me to make it happen...so I arranged the music, got a group together, sent out the music just under a month before the wedding, and we rehearsed the song, all together for the first time, for 1 hour only, on the morning of the big day!!
There will never be enough words, or ways to give thanks, to express my love for this group of men. They inspire me, motivate me, and push me to set the highest of standards not only in music, but in life. What's also great about this group: for me, it was an incredible representation of my a cappella/musical journey; from where I started and where I am now: members of this super-group consisted of friends I sang with in high school (Abe Katz and Mario Barrenechea), my college a cappella group, Ithacappella (Austin Kiley and Nate Tao), my first post-college a cappella group, Redline (John Bower, Dave Raiser, Andrew Kenyon, and Matthew Craig), and my professional a cappella group, Ball in the House (Wallace Thomas, Montario Hill, and Jon J Ryan). Gentlemen, I will spend the rest of my life praising you and giving you thanks for sharing your talents on that special day...thank you, for everything.
The big surprise here for Alex was that she didn't know what the performance itself was going to sound like, and that I added a little excerpt of "From Now On", also from The Greatest Showman, at the beginning of the performance, AND that I was going to sing at the end of the song! I barely got through the ending there, as I was just beyond emotional, and so happy with how it all came together PERFECTLY, and exactly the way I envisioned it to happen. I'm so happy this was caught on video, thanks to my sister, Beth!! I hope you all enjoy!!
I love you, my sweet Alex ❤️ 🌻
Yesterday, Ball in the House released their newest original song, "Ordinary Day", to all of the world to hear! It's available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and many other music streaming and download sites!
Check it out below to listen, stream, and/or download!:
Written by Wallace Thomas
Arrangement by Wallace Thomas
Additional Arranging by Kevin Cincotta-Guest
Lead Vocals: Wallace Thomas
Vocal Percussion: Jon J Ryan
Bass Vocals: Kevin Cincotta-Guest
Baritone Vocals: Montario Hill
Tenor Vocals: David Guisti
Claps: David Guisti, Jon J Ryan, Wallace Thomas
Auxiliary Vocals: Kevin Cincotta-Guest, David Guisti, Montario Hill, Wallace Thomas
Choir: David Guisti, Montario Hill, Wallace Thomas
Vocal Harmonica: Kevin Cincotta-Guest
Executive Producer: Ball in the House
Producer: Kevin Cincotta-Guest
Vocal Production by Ball in the House
Vocals Engineered by Kevin Cincotta-Guest
Editing by Kevin Cincotta-Guest
Mix Engineer: Kevin Cincotta-Guest
Mastering Engineer: Bill Hare [www.billhareacappella.com]
Recorded at WCTV: Wilmington Community Television, Wilmington, MA, USA, and the residence of Kevin Cincotta-Guest, Westborough, MA, USA
Recording began with the first sessions at WCTV: Wilmington Community Television in Wilmington at 9:00 AM on Thursday April 29, 2021, and concluded with the last day of mixing the track on Tuesday June 15, 2021
I'm really proud with how this turned out! We absolutely loved the recording and writing process, and having Bill Hare's magic touch on the final product -- he's a **Grammy-Winning** producer/engineer who has worked with world-class a cappella groups such as Pentatonix, Home Free, The Swingles, Voces8 -- we're truly blessed! I had an absolute blast producing and working on the track too!
This is just a TASTE of what's to come for our full-length, original album! And remember that music video we were talking about in previous social media posts....stay tuned, it's coming VERY SOON!!
Happy listening, and please, STREAM, DOWNLOAD, and SPREAD THE WORD, and SHARE EVERYWHERE to your heart's content!
Thank you for all of the continued love and support!
I'm so excited for what's to come!
Hello everyone! It's been a good while, and I just want to say THANK YOU, to all of you, for sticking around and following me elsewhere through other social media formats! I hope all is well with you and that everyone is healthy and safe! It's great seeing so many groups getting back into it! It's certainly been a BUSY year for me, especially outside of #music and #acappella! Now that life is slowly coming back to normalcy, you'll definitely be seeing more regular posts from yours truly!
Some highlights over the past 5 months:
- I GOT MARRIED!! 5 days ago to be exact, and after a long year and 4 months of planning, my (now) wife and I had the best day of our lives; it was an absolute dream. Celebrating our love with many of our friends and family made our big day that much more special. I love you, Alex Cincotta-Guest ❤️
- My Cut Off Studios family have been working HARD, with many productions and online educational events. After a loooong time, we're finally having an IN-PERSON event coming up soon! Here are the details, there's still time to sign up:
When: Saturday November 6, 2021
Where: Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Time: 9 AM - 5PM EDT
Go HERE for all the details and to sign up!
- Ball in the House has been touring the past month out in the Midwest -- don't worry, I came home early from the tour to get ready for my wedding! We're all home now, and along with performing a bit more regularly in-person with the group at schools and theaters (again, getting back to some normalcy!), developing new educational shows, and revamping our virtual shows and online presence, we've made some great progress on our new originals album! We actually are about to release the first single in 6 DAYS! Take a listen to the teaser right above! I did all of the production work -- recording, editing, and mixing -- and the master was done by none other than THE Bill Hare. We're really proud how it turned out!
Stay tuned for more content from us, coming your way soon!
AND IT BEGINS!!
We at Ball in the House have laid down our first track of vocals, marking the official beginning of making our NEW ORIGINAL ALBUM!!
Last week, we spent some time at WCTV recording our first song! This is the first of many tracks to be recorded for our upcoming album! We couldn’t be more excited to be producing new original, a cappella music, and I get to wear my a cappella production hat for this album! Blessed to be doing what I love 🎶 🎤 🎧
Make sure to keep reading my NEWS section here, along with following us on all Ball in the House social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as we'll be sharing tidbits and some behind-the-scene happenings with the making of this album, so stay tuned!
So a month ago, Executive Director of Wilmington Community Television (WCTV - Wilmington, MA) Ryan Malyar, after a morning of running several virtual school shows for Ball in the House, day dreamingly said something along the lines of, "It'd be cool if WCTV had a jingle, we've always wanted one!"
So the next day, Dave Guisti (fellow bandmate in BitH) came up with a melody (he recorded it on his phone) and sent it to the rest of the band, and with that...well, I ran with it! I arranged the rest of the jingle around Dave's melody, recorded the guys within the day, and then edited and mixed it on the weekend...and here was the final result! This was SUPER cool to produce, and a great team effort on all fronts!
Professional contemporary #acappella producer, arranger, engineer, and educator from Northborough, MA, U.S.A.