Tip the Van

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Tip the Van
Tip the Van at Warped Tour 2010-08-10 01.png
Members of Tip the Van performing on the 2010 Warped Tour. Left to right: Stephanie Allen, Simone Oliva, and Nicole Oliva.
Background information
Origin Marlborough, Connecticut, United States
Genres Ska punk, reggae
Years active 2002–2011
Labels Asbestos
Associated acts Big D and the Kids Table
Website tipthevan.com
Members Nicole Oliva
Simone Oliva
Stephanie Allen
Brian Dunnigan
Bryan Howard
Bryan Briggs
Past members Justin Kripps
Anthony Del Vecchio
Matthew Levesque

Tip the Van was an American rock/ska group formed in Marlborough, Connecticut in 2002. The lineup consists of Nicole Oliva (vocals), Simone Oliva (vocals), Stephanie Allen (trombone/keyboard), Brian Dunnigan (lead guitar), Bryan Howard (bass), and Bryan Briggs (drums). After nine years, three EP's, one full-length album, and several national tours, the band announced its indefinite hiatus in 2011.[1]

Band history[edit]

Tip The Van was formed in 2002 by sisters Nicole and Simone Oliva while in high school. The band began as a ska band featuring a large horn section. In 2004, trombonist, Stephanie Allen, joined the lineup and was featured on the band's first EP, Circles. Shortly after the release of the EP, the original lineup dissolved and for a time, various members of other local bands would step in on a temporary basis to perform live with the band.

In 2005, Tip The Van was invited to join the Vans Warped Tour as a part of the ShiraGirl Stage and played alongside Paramore, Damone, ShiraGirl and other female-fronted bands. After releasing their first full-length studio album, Something Wicked, Tip The Van was asked to join the Warped Tour once again. Supporting their 2009 release, "Passion, Love & Pride," Tip the Van joined the 2010 Vans Warped Tour on the Kevin Says Stage.

In April 2011, Tip The Van announced that the band was officially on an indefinite hiatus, citing the desire to pursue individual projects and endeavors as motivation.


Current members
Notable previous members
  • Justin Kripps - Bass (2003–2007)
  • Anthony Del Vecchio - Trumpet (2004–2007)
  • Matthew Levesque - Drums (2005–2007)
  • Jamie Rogers - Guitar (2002–2004)
  • Peter Mueller - Tenor Sax (2002–2004)


  • Circles (2004)
  • Manners Matter (2005)
  • Something Wicked (2006)
  • Passion, Love & Pride (2009)


  1. ^ "Farewell, Friends.". tipthevan.com. Retrieved 10/01/11.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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