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Professional Jazz/R&B/Funk Trumpet player in Florida known for both powerful Lead & creative solos

Pete began playing trumpet when one day his dad brought him and his brother 2 trumpets to keep them entertained instead of fighting each other. Orignally from New York Pete has gotten his feet wet early on sitting in at Sunday Jams at the Village gate when guys like Roy Hargrove would pop in in the early 90's. He got to perform and hang with some of today's top players at at summer camp for 7 straight summers such as Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Delfayeo Marsalis, Conrad Herwig, Steve Davis, Jerry Coker, Tony Kadleck, Jim Rotundi. He started playing professionally at 16 with a bunch of older guys at the Westchester Conservatory of Music.

He attended Skidmore College on a music Scholarship as a finalist for thie Filene competition. In school as a Freshman got to open for Reggae great Yellowman, performed at Madsion Square Garden and play in about 15 different bands. He perfromed and studied with with Jazz great Mark Vinci as well as famed pianist Mark Davis. Pete Spent the next year as an intern in a NY recording studio and got to play on several records with several of the artists that came through. Pete says,”It was really weird we put trumpet on a whole bunch of stuff that you would never have thought “including a solo with the metal group THE KRACKED SKULZ . After college Pete joined the the famed Hansen Guitarist Ravi and his R&B review and performed the and New York and Greenwich Conn. club scene where he met and the Great R&B and former T.O.P. trumpet man Don Harris which further exposed him to what the trumpet can sound like in the ultimate R&B setting.

After playing professionally in Israel from 92-93 with the big band of Eilat and playing the jazz festival after a year decided to come back to the US. He has been in Florida for the past 10 years has played with The Swinging Johnsons/Big Z Band// Dan McMillion big band.

Currently on his 6th year in the solo chair with the Helios Jazz Orchestra Pete can be seen live every 3 Tuesday at Nova 535. He is also a regular member of the George Carroll Big Band. He freelances with several other bands and performs in some great horn sections through-out the Tampa/Orlando area.

Most recently Pete has had the opportunity to perform with the following Artists Allan Parsons Project, New York Tenors, Michael Amante, Bobby Vinton, Supertramp, Bobby Rydell & Whitney James!

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