The Amalgamated are a traditional ska/jazz band with early 60's rocksteady and reggae influences.

Formed in 2007 in San Diego, CA, The Amalgamated are an incredible live band that makes everyone dance to up-tempo beats and also get the audience into a groove with light reggae textures.

The creativity flowing during their performances can often remind the audience of great jazz standards. A 10-member ensemble that includes a full horn section, keys and percussion, The Amalgamated deliver a high energy performance that leaves the audience wanting more



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Raphael “Rip” Pena

Lead Singer for The Amalgamated since May 2009. Former lead singer of The Scotch Bonnets (San Diego). Handles booking, promotions and other administrative functions.

Reggie Costa

Reggie has played guitar for the better part of 20 years. He has always been associated with ska music and has dabbled in jazz styles such as dixieland, straight ahead, and big band. Reggie is an original member of The Amalgamated Ska.

Reggie’s album of original compositions is available here

John “JR” Guernsey

Trumpet player and horn section leader.

Charles Parkman

Charles has been playing trombone and other low brass instruments for 15 years. He has performed with various groups around San Diego, including The Amalgamated, Brass Hysteria, and The San Diego State Marching Aztecs

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Malcolm Jones

Alto Sax

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Scott Inumerable

Keys, drums, and backup vocals

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Michelle Mayhem

Baritone Sax

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Elliot Ramsey

Born and raised in San Diego, Bassist Elliot Ramsey has studied and preformed music all over the city. Elliot has played in many different groups and his style has spanned a large swath of musical genres. From Ska/Rocksteady to EDM, Classical Music, funk, and Hard Rock. Through his career he has opened and backed world renowned artists in various venues statewide (California) and has accumulated more than 1900 hours of stage time. Elliot helped in the creation and the bringing together the members of many of his groups. He lends his diversity to help glue together the group's sound and style.