The Band Ezekiel started as siblings and friends inspired by music’s ability to lift up the soul and bring people together. They all come from families deeply rooted in music and faith, and seek to use these gifts to spread the mystery and message of real, sacrificial love and life in an honest, authentic way.
Ezekiel is based in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. The group has been playing together since 2016 for retreats, church services, dances, live bar music, and house concerts.
Each member brings a unique talent and background to the group:
Bernadette Smith - Violin, Guitar, Vocals; Bernadette started on violin at the age of 12 , writing music at 19 while working as a music intern at Most Holy Trinity Newman Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 2016, Bernadette received her Bachelor’s in music from NAU and moved to Wexford, Ireland to serve in music ministry as part of the House of Brigid fellowship program through Notre Dame.
Dominic Smith - Guitar, Percussion, Vocals; Dominic started playing drums at church in 6th grade, learned guitar in high school and started writing the summer before college. While studying music at NAU, Dominic also worked as music intern at Most Holy Trinity Newman Center and played live music in local bands. He graduated in 2018 with a degree in Communications.
MaryAnne Muglia - Vocals, Piano, Guitar; MaryAnne started singing at 3 years old and began playing classical piano in grade school. Throughout high school she performed in various musical productions, choral concerts, and vocal camps. In college, MaryAnne co-interned at the NAU Newman Center with Dominic. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Choral Music Education.
Christian Nguyen - Piano, Ukulele, Vocals; Christian started playing piano at the age of 4. He composed his first piano piece at 6 and won his first international piano competition at age 11. Christian has played in multiple jazz, big band, and concert band ensembles throughout high school and college. While studying at University of Arizona he volunteered his time at St. Thomas More Newman Center. Christian graduated in 2018 with a degree in Management Information Systems.
Our music is a unique blend of styles, incorporating folk-like instrumentation with rich harmonies and reflective lyrics. We each have a musical need that is best achieved when we play together and for others. The music we make comes from a place of honesty and hope for a better world, one note, one celebration at a time.