who we are

The Change Of Habit tribute band is an award winning, globally renowned tribute backing band that specializes in Elvis tributes, and nearly all legends tribute artists

The band formed in Chicago in 2003 with Joe Zannelli, the band's drummer. From there, the band quickly evolved into the country's premier Elvis Tribute backing band largely due to Joe's knowledge and passion for Elvis music, and his ability to recruit and retain the highest caliber musicians in the industry.

The band tours throughout the year around the country performing for all of the ElvisFestival.com series of festivals, as well as performing showcase performances by top Elvis Tribute Artists.

There are 6 core band members, but can expand to a 9 piece with horn section, as well as 10 piece including horns and a secondary keyboard player. The band has also played with the Southwest Michigan Symphony orchestra which showcases the versatility and expertise of the band.

elvis festival backing band

We travel around the world performing for the ElvisFestival.com event series. This Festival series is sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, and includes both contest and showcase events.

Elvis ultimate contest backing band

We are one of only 2 Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) sanctioned bands in the world.

We've performed for the EPE Ultimate contest for both 2014 and 2015, and we have the pleasure of doing occasionally gigs for EPE and Graceland.

legends tribute artists backing band

We are a renowned legends tribute artist backing band, working with tributes that include: Buddy Holly, Elton John, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Tom Jones, Cher, and many more...

OUR Musicians

We attract and retain the highest caliber talent in the industry, giving you the most memorable performances. Click on their names for a detailed bio

Joe Zannelli

Joe Zannelli on percussion, and is the founding member of the Change Of Habit Tribute Band.

Carl Bradychok

Carl Bradychok is the rockin' guitarist.

Tom Buckley

Tom Buckley is the boogie woogie pianist, including orchestrations and virtual horns.

Joe Scumaci

Joe Scumaci on velvety backing vocalist, and band manager.

Tricia Sawilchik

Tricia Sawilchik is our sultry backing vocalist.

Nick Tarzia

Nick Tarzia on the groovy bass.


If you have any questions regarding the band and our services, feel free to browse this section of frequently asked questions.

How do I book the band?
We first need to determine availability by looking at our Schedule. If we appear available go to our Contact Us page, or click on the Book Now button and we'll be in contact with you to discuss scheduling and all necessary details.
Do you travel with your equipment to all shows?
Some shows we travel with our equipment, while other more distant shows we'll fly and be setup with backlined equipment. Our backline equipment list can be found on the Promotional page of this website.
How many Elvis songs do you know?
As a band we are capable of playing over 300 Elvis songs on demand, thereby making us the premier Elvis Tribute contest band in the world. Elvis recorded over 800 songs during his career and we taking great care and pride in selecting the songs we can perform at our best.


Chicago Il


Monday – Sunday
9am - 11pm