who we are

The Band

     The Destination is a 9-piece dance band with its musical focus on the classics: R&B, Rock and Latin influenced material. Three outstanding vocalists and four horns set this group apart from virtually every other group in the CNY area. No other group in the area can match the dynamics and crowd motivating force of The Destination.

     The rhythm section (actually a band all by itself: Little joe & the BIG Shots) has the ability to cover almost any genre. With Karen's vocals, these 5 musicians have covered a very diverse list of artists: Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Lynrd Skynrd, Patsy Kline, Led Zeplin, Bon Jovi, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rolling Stones, James Taylor, John Cougar Mellencamp, and the list goes on.

     The band's A-list, however, is built around the power of CNY's most amazing horn section: Earth Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison,  James Brown, Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon...you get the idea.


"People leave a Destination party saying they've never heard a band like it."


     The result is a classier mix with songs everybody knows. With the power of delivery that The Destin-ation possesses, even the occasional obscure tune that is thrown in to challenge the crowd doesn't lighten the load on the dance floor.

     Most parties are a feet-can't-stop locomotive from the first song. People leave a Destination party saying they've never heard a band like it.


 Joe Lonsky

  (Joey J)

    lead vocals, keys, harp, accordion

 Karen Lonsky

   primary vocalist, bari sax, and


 Bill Avery

  (Big Head)


 Jorge Cuevas

 Pat Driscoll

  (Rock-it Man)

  guitar, vocals

 Bill King

  (Nature Boy)

    drum kit

    latin percussion



 Mike Dubaniewicz


    alto/tenor sax

 Ryan Zawel

 Jeff Stockham

   (Monster Chops)


   (Sugar Bone)

For Media photos and other band configurations to hire, see MEDIA

The Hangar Theater

Wells College

Ithaca College

Cornell University

The Book Lover's Ball, Aurora Inn

Greek Peak, Dryden


Private Events



Special Events

"Thank you for the wonderful entertainment at our gala. It helped make this our best gala ever."

— The Hangar Theater Board


"...Having The Destination  at our party was one of the best decisions we ever made. Everyone had a great time! Thanks so much."

 — Barbara P.


"Joe and Karen, The 50th birthday party that THE DESTINATION put on for us in May 2000 was the best party our guests said they had ever attended! I must admit that I was very hesitant to hire a band that we'd never heard  and was only given to us by word of mouth. You sent us a tape to listen to and that was very good, so we decided to move ahead.


I can't tell you how awesome it was to walk into the party and see such a professional set up and group of people!! That was just the beginning. The music that evening and the interaction of the band with the guests was the best! Since May 2000, we have traveled to and attended many parties given by THE DESTINATION and for that, we thank you both so very much."

— Steve and Carol C.


Just some of our Clients

Wagner Winery

Americana Winery

King Ferry Winery

Lansing/Myers Park



"Thank you so much for the show you put on for my wedding. It was truly an incredible night, and a lot of credit goes to you all and your great energy, organization and ability to get the crowd moving. My husband and I got numerous comments during and after the wedding about how fantastic you were and we agree! We will never forget that day and thank you wholeheartedly."

— Julia and Nick A.

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