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Latitude28 Band[edit | edit source]

Latitude28.[1] is an entertainment cover band founded by Avinash Singh in 2018 in Lake Nona, Florida. The band covers popular songs that cross genres from pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, and funk to Top 40s, dance, alternative, reggae, country, and tropical. The band typically consists of four or five musicians and three to four vocalists—the composition is dynamic—with Singh at the helm as music director and keyboard player.

The band’s performances are noted for being energetic, interactive events with synced video and special effects.

History[edit | edit source]

Latitude28 Band was formed by Avinash Singh with his wife, Anisa, as founding vocalist in 2018. Adopting an open and inclusive growth model, the early band saw several members come and go before settling into its 2019 line-up that includes a drummer, percussionist, bassist, keyboard player, and vocalists.

The band’s first public show was at Orlando’s iconic House of Blues. Subsequent performances included the 18th Annual DeLand Original Music Festival (backing Anisa), Rein Dog Run, a showcase at the national conference of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities and shows at Boxi Park Lake Nona[2]

House of Blues Downtown Disney

The year 2019 has been busy for the band as Singh has built the team, expanded its song repertoire, and aggressively pursued opportunities to increase the group’s recognition. Promotion of Latitude28[3] has occurred through exposure on major TV channels (CNBC, CNN, HLN, Oprah Winfrey Network, Weather Channel, Science Channel, Hallmark Channel, Central Florida News13, SUN Sports, Lifetime, Oxygen, DIY Network, Game Show Network, American Heroes Channel, and TV Land), billboards near event locales, and robust campaigns on all social platforms.

Band Members[edit | edit source]

Member Role Timeline
Artie Givargidze Percussion 2018-present
Blake Givargidze Drums 2018-present
Justin Robards Engineer 2018-present
Anisa Singh Vocals 2018-present
Avinash Singh Keys,direction 2018-present
Creighton Underwood Bass 2018-present
Gregory Zigon engineer/sample tech 2019-present
Katie (Kaz) Zigon vocals 2019-present

Musical Influences[edit | edit source]

In his early childhood, Singh experienced full immersion in the musical styles of the Caribbean, as his father was a professional singer in the country of Guyana. As a young adult in New York, Singh began producing music for popular recording artists, enjoying success (but little credit) in that arena. The byproduct of these projects was an intimate working knowledge of and appreciation for diverse musical genres.

When he took over his father’s band and rebranded it as The Supertones Band[4], Singh launched what became a 22-year run of heavy involvement in the international Chutney Soca music scene.

Singh brings the musical influences of this rich composite of experiences to Latitude28 Band.[1]

Other musical influences are apparent in the band’s playlists since Singh encourages vocalists to select their own songs within the parameters of the entertainment-band model. Any given show’s setlist contains songs by a variety of artists in a variety of styles and genres. The uniting factor is that all songs are crowd-friendly, engaging, and enjoy widespread appeal.

Future[edit | edit source]

The band currently has contracted shows scheduled for 2019[3] in Florida, the Netherlands, and Spain, and for 2020 in Brazil.

Band Bios[edit | edit source]

Artie Givargidze, percussion[edit | edit source]

Givargidze grew up in New York where he owned and operated a small business for many years before moving to central Florida in 2015. He has played drums for decades with solo acts and bands such as Haifa Wehbi, Nora Fatehi, The Supertones Band, and now Latitude28.

Blake Givargidze, drums[edit | edit source]

Givargidze studied with Peter Greco and has been influenced by Robby Deitz, Billy Ashbaugh, and others. He has played drums for 2019 American Idol contestant Alyssa Raghu, Caribbean crossover artist Anisa, and Middle Eastern solo performers Moe Kabha and Abdalla Safar. He lives with his family in central Florida.

Justin Robards, engineer[edit | edit source]

Robards was a percussionist and later staff member of Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International groups for many years. He also worked with Infinity, STRYKE, and Florida International University (FIU) percussion units. As a sound engineer, he has run boards in venues across the country including Ford Field, the Alamodome, and Lucas Oil Field.

Anisa Singh (“Anisa”), vocals[edit | edit source]

Anisa is an award-winning international[5] recording artist, songwriter, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She is the lead singer of Chutney Soca band “The Supertones[4],” which for 22 years has performed for large audiences in Spain, the Netherlands, Guyana, and the United States. She crossed into mainstream pop with her release of the single “Warrior” in 2018.

Avinash Singh (“Avi”), band director, keyboards[edit | edit source]

Singh is a musician, businessman, success coach, author, and philanthropist. He functions as band director and keyboardist for Latitude28 Band.[3] His early childhood years were spent in the country of Guyana, after which he moved to New York and eventually to central Florida. He manages The Supertones Band[4] in addition to Latitude28.

Creighton Underwood, bass[edit | edit source]

Underwood joined Latitude28 Band at its inception. He played previously in central Florida with several other bands and before that with touring groups. He left music for a period of years for a corporate career before returning to music in 2014. His primary influencer is Jaco Pastorius.

Gregory Zigon II, engineer/sample tech[edit | edit source]

Zigon studied percussion, voice, baritone, and viola with a focus on percussion performance at the University of Central Florida. After serving with the United States Marine Corps for 5 years, he returned home to establish his own business and expand into the field of sound engineering, producing, and composing.

Katie Zigon (“Kaz”), vocals[edit | edit source]

Zigon was born in New York and grew up in central Florida. Her musical background includes performance in a range of outlets including church, school, and independent. She is active in the Orlando, FL, music scene while also performing with Latitude28.

Contributions[edit | edit source]

A percentage of band sponsorship funds are allocated to the Amaya Children’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, whose purpose is project funding to meet the needs of underserved children around the world.

References[edit | edit source]

[1] "Latitude 28 Band". Nonahood News. 4, Issue 5: 1, 24. May 2019.

[2] "Pre-Mother's Day Party and Contest". Nonahood News. May 2019.

[3] "Lake Nona-Based Band Prepares for the World". Lake Nona Social Magazine: 1, 10–12. May 7, 2019 – via Issuu.

[5] Persad, Seeta (17 January 2010). "Princess Anisa Releases Chutney Song in TT". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

[4] Singh, Shanaz (25 September 2013). "The Red Hot Supertones". Toronto Caribbean.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Latitude 28 Band". Nonahood News. 4, Issue 5: 1, 24. May 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Pre-Mother's Day Party and Contest". Nonahood News. May 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Lake Nona-Based Band Prepares for the World". Lake Nona Social Magazine: 1, 10–12. May 7, 2019 – via Issuu.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Singh, Shanaz (25 September 2013). "The Red Hot Supertones". Toronto Caribbean.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Persad, Seeta (17 January 2010). "Princess Anisa Releases Chutney Song in TT". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

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