Band Biography

HIT N RUN (Biography) 

Hit N Run - The Cove Thanks for your interest in Hit n Run, Buffalo's premier party band. Hit N Run is a 6 piece band that was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of fame in 2009. Hit N Run had won 9 years in a row "Buffalo's Music Awards" Top Pop Rock band. We are Channel 4's reigning winner over the last few years for "Best-Of Cover Rock Band" and have won the Peoples Choice award for Top Rock band, just about every year they had it. In 2011 Hit n Run was given a inducted into the NightLife Hall of Achievments. In 2009 Hit N Run was signed to a National Recording Contract with Rhapsody records & cut our first CD.2

The band has won over 30 awards for the group alone. For individual awards, Mark Valentino (Lead Vocalist) started Hit n Run and has Buffalo's Top Male vocalist 18 times between the Buffalo Music Awards, Art Voice AwardsNightLife and the Peoples Choice awards. Mark was flown to NYC by promoters to sing on Broadway with members of American Idol.Mark was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of achievements in 2010 and Nightlife Lifetime achievement award in 2011. Dan Kaplin (Top Guitarist) and Pat Annunziata (Top Rock Keyboardist) have won 4X each in their categories. Chris Olivieri hs been nominated for Top Drummer 6 times while Annette Falaso was nominated several times for Top Female Vocalist. Guy Nichols (Bass Player) has won so many awards and times that he was put into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. In October of 2009 Hit n Run, the band was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, and in 2011 into the Nightlife Hall of Achivements which is a tribute to all present & past members.

Hit n Run has opened for such National Acts as: The Kinks, Brett Michaels of Poison (2X), Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons, The Tubes, Honeymoon Suite (5X), Jeff Healy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, The Rascals, The Tokens, Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf, Firehouse (3X), Asia, The Little River Band, Survivor, The Guess Who, Boston and many more. We have also received offers from Styx, Kim Mitchell, Eddie Money, the Grass Roots, and Night Ranger to open for them. To be able to open up for groups from the 60's, 70's 80's and 90's, a band has to be both, very good and very versatile. We exceptionally reproduce anything from ACDC, to Neil Diamond, Bon Jovi, Boston, Bruno Mars, Styx, Rush, Franki Valli, Kansas, Supertramp, REO Speedwagon, Michael Jackson, Goo Goo Dolls, Motley Crew, Poison, Cheap Trick, Theory of a Dead Man, Van Morrison, Van Halen, Train, Garth Brooks, Lynard Skynard, Grand Funk Railroad, Whitesnake, Triumph, 3 Doors Down, Dion & the Belmonts, BuckcherryPat Benatar, Foriegnor, Prince, Queen, Def Leppard, Journey and more.

Hit N Run promotes all the functions that we play at. We send out 1500 weekly emails to loyal Hit N Run followers and weekly invites to our over 4000 Facebook friends and send over 500 postcard each month. Our website ( has over 545,000 hits and you can see the crowds that we draw on each and every show through the website in the "Club Pics" area. We have a number of local radio stations provide us some free plugs on the band and where we play (97 Rock, WBEN, WYRK, 102.5 and more.) You can call (I will provide references) any of the larger local clubs (Macaroons, The Cove, Yellow Jaguar) or Lawn fetes chairs (Queen of Heaven, Clarence Carnival, Alden Carnival, St John Vianney, Resurrection, St Johns in Alden, St Martha and nore) and they will tell you that Hit N Run is the best drawing band for their club/function in the area.

With the wide array of material (mostly Dance and sing-along Classic Rock, with some Oldies, newer Alternative material, and a touch of Country, Disco and Blues) we strive to play something for everyone. This is why we are such a success at the outdoor, all ages performances, like the Erie County Fair, The Canal Concerts, All major huge Lawn Fetes, The Taste of Buffalo, Fire hall parties, Bisons Park Shows, Wingstock, Christmas parties, Town Park Shows (Lancaster, North Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, Cheektowaga and Williamsville) and Carnivals.

All of that means nothing. You can put it on a website. But to realize the true representation of a band is to go and see them "LIVE" with their current line-up. This way you can judge the actual talent, see the crowds they draw and the reasons behind it. Our CD's and clips are from live shows. The tracks have a typical sound, and typical mistakes. We did not go to a studio and make multiple takes, or use pitch correctors in order to get the perfect sound or eliminate mistakes, because that is not what you will see live. We want you to feel that what you hear and pay to see, will be exactly what you get. I would NEVER recommend that you book a band without seeing them in person. 99.9% of the people who has seen us live, have booked Hit N Run and been extremely happy.

We look forward to working together with you on an upcoming date. You can call us at 656-1522, or email us through the website or at

Mark Valentino
Hit N Run

Hit N Run - "Live at the Erie County Fair 2016"
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