The Panic are:

   Ray Arenas – Vocals & Percussion

Ray was born in Bayonne, NJ and played extensively with Latin dance bands in the 90's. The Panic is Ray's first foray into the world of rock music...although you would never know it by watching him on stage.   

   Bob Ingram - Guitar, Sax & Vocals

Bob Starr Ingram. aka Bobby Starr (as his  late partner Al called him, grew up in Westfield NJ , and now lives in Hillsborough with his wife and 3 children aged 24, 21 and 3. Bob started playing guitar at age 9 and sax in 5th grade. In high school he played guitar and sax in the 8 piece MoTown and soul band "The Dark Syde". After college he played in "The Perry Brothers" then in the oldies duo "Charade" and later with Bob Starr and Al Moss. Bob is self taught on guitar, but studied sax under Lou Grassi, sax man for Tommy Dorsey, and voice under Ruth Brawl, voice coach for Jay Black. Bob's influences include The Beatles, the Stones, Duane Allman, Warren Haynes and Derrick Trucks of the Allman Brothers, Bobby Keys of the Stones, Dick Parry of Pink Floyd, and many others.

   Jim Liakas – Drums & Vocals

Born in Brooklyn, NY, surrounded by music, Jim began playing and singing at age 16. Jim formed the groups "Odyssey" and later "Omega", which played a variety of styles ranging from Rock, Soul, Disco and Jazz to Greek and Middle Eastern music. Jim studied drums with Joe Cusatis, noted jazz player/teacher. Jim’s diverse background has enabled him to do side work with all types of party and "club date" bands. Drummers who inspire Jim include Buddy Rich, Ringo, John Bonham, Bernard Purdy, Harvey Mason, Dave Garibaldi, Stewart Copeland, and Phil Collins.
Jim continues to enjoy playing, singing and exploring new musical frontiers, even as a "responsible adult".


   Wayne Speranza  - Bass & Vocals



Wayne started playing guitar and bass when he was 10 years old. Primarily self taught, Wayne plays many instruments, but bass has always been his primary focus. While in grade school he began playing high school dances. Performing throughout High School, he was a member of Orpheus, Gibraltar, the South County Blues Band and Hecate. These bands helped establish Wayne’s foundation in the music of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and other rock bands of the time. In college Wayne’s interest became Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion and original music. In Solaris he performed the music of King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant and Renaissance, catering to the college crowd. Later in all original band About Face, Wayne co-wrote a number of progressive rock influenced songs and performed at places such as The Stone Pony, John & Peter’s, Kenny’s Castaways and other NYC, PA & NJ clubs. Today Wayne continues to write originals and is enjoying playing the music of his roots with The Panic. 


   Richie Stumpf - Keyboards

Richie, has been playing the piano since the age of 10. During the three years of lessons, he learned to enjoy playing “live” at recitals at an early age. Throughout high school he jammed in with a few groups around town. Once out of high school, he was one of the founding players of the group “Foryst”.  Richie’s musical influences include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Yes including other British groups such as Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter. This influenced the music that “Foryst” covered playing at the local bars and clubs in an around the Woodbridge area.  Richie took time off to get married and raise a family. During this time he continued being involved playing strictly on a personnel level. In 2005, Richie decided to jump back into the band life. Richie’s musical influences and style, have helped to complete The Panic.




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