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Mario Areias began playing drums in Junior High School at the age of 13. Influenced early on in his career by Portuguese, Brazilian, Mexican and Latin music. In high school was awarded most improved bandsman, the Louis Armstrong/Edward Doolittle Memorial Jazz Award and the John Beall Outstanding Senior Bandsman Award. Between the age of 16-19 years old he played in several bands "The Dream Catchers/Merciful Street", and a Mexican-Latin cover band called "Mysterio". After that, played five years in a Mexican-Latin cover and original band called "Dos Mas Quatro".

Mario has been extremely active with musical plays and dramas in such theater musicals as "The Wiz", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Little Orphan Annie", "Peter Pan," "Bye-Bye Birdie," and "Hello Dolly", just to mention a few. During this time he teamed up with Katheryn Maffei and joined a Scott Wellman band called "Inside Out/The Laurel Street Band." He has made several cd's with different groups, Harvest Community Church "Harvest Praise Songs - Volume I". Recorded two songs with Patterson, California's prominent resident musicians, Dave Keller: "Behind the Windowpane" and "On This Rock." Both songs were reviewed on KUOP's college radio show "Home Studio." Between 1991-1996 he wrote and composed songs with Joe Morgan, including two jingles for the nationally syndicated "Don and Mike Radio Show." Joined up with several former high school friends and formed the original alternative band "Writing Stories". "Writing Stories" developed and recorded their CD at Roger Hanner's "Celestial Sound Studios" in Modesto, California.

In the fall of 1997 Mario joined with Scott Wellman in a planned reunion of the '70's band "Sneeky Pete." After a very successful show at the West Side Theatre, "Sneeky Pete" decided to record it's original material which started recording on February 13, 1998. This CD was to be Mario's third professional recording.

Mario plays Slingerland drums CB700 roto toms, Zildjian, Ufip, and Paiste symbols, Drum Workshop pedals, CB700 and Latin percussion cow bells, Pro-mark 747 rock drum sticks, Dixon brushes, CB700 Pearl, and Tama hardware.

 

Special thanks to Thomas Areias for putting together Mario's bio.