City Rhythm Band Leaders: Nick Vallerio and Pete Spina
Saxophonists Nick Vallerio and Pete Spina established the City Rhythm Orchestra in 1985 and have been creating fabulous musical events ever since. Their efforts have earned them a reputation as individuals who bring a tremendous amount of energy and innovation to the business, and earned the band numerous awards including “Best of Philly” and “Best of the Main Line” several times.
Nick was born and raised in Montgomery County and graduated from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. He later received his Masters Degree from Temple University. He currently resides in Willow Grove, PA and has been teaching music for over 20 years. Pete is a lifelong Philadelphia resident and a graduate of La Salle University. He has been recognized for his work in music by many publications and is active in his South Philadelphia community, including serving as Music Director at St. Nicholas Church for many years.
In addition to leading the band for parties and events, Nick and Pete have taken the group throughout the county for many special concerts and shows. They’ve performed at prominent Philadelphia venues such as the Kimmel Center, Mann Music Center and Penn’s Landing, and traveled to New York City (Lincoln Center, Hudson River Festival, Irving Plaza), Washington DC (Glen Echo Ballroom, Clarendon Ballroom), Boston (Faneuil Hall, Swing City), San Francisco (Sweets Ballroom, Biscuits & Blues), Tampa (Bellevue Biltmore, Savoy South), and many other locales. They’ve also produced diverse musical acts such as opera companies, dance ensembles, classical groups, concert bands, jazz ensembles and others. They’ve served as the Executive Producers of the Old York Road Community Concert Series and currently head the American Music Foundation, Inc. which presents musical performances of classic American music.
Nick and Pete have also worked extensively in the recording industry. They’ve produced numerous CDs for the City Rhythm Orchestra and other groups with Limehouse Records and worked on many projects with Edison Recording Studios in New York City. In 2005 they released “Vibrant Tones” which aired on hundreds of jazz stations across the country and remained on the national charts for 18 weeks.
Since 1995, Nick and Pete have hosted weekly radio programs on various stations including WRTI 90.1 FM and WPEN 950 AM. They are also voting members of the Recording Academy, Inc., which presents the annual Grammy Awards.
City Rhythm is an outstanding band with amazing musicians and singers. If you want an epic experience for yourselves and your wedding guests book this band NOW! The vocalists and band leaders are excellent. They offer a significant play list and will work with you on your special requests. The kindness and flexibility they showed for the challenges of a special moment with my 93 year old father will be one of my most valued memories. City Rhythm are true professionals; our guests went out of their way to tell us how great the band was. We can't be more thankful and we highly recommend them. The truth is they rocked our wedding!
- Teresa Andris & Jon Machmuller
City Rhythm rocked our wedding! They were so much fun and I've lost track of how many of our guests have given us unsolicited feedback about how much fun they had dancing to the music and how great the band was. They had everyone up on the dance floor and having a blast from start to finish. On top of the actual wedding day experience, they were a pleasure to work with leading up to the event. Anyone who has planned a wedding knows how important this is. There are so many things going on, but we knew that the band was one thing we absolutely didn't have to worry about. Pete was professional, responsive, overall great to work with. Leading up to the event City Rhythm had our full trust that the party would be a big hit, and it definitely was. We are so happy that we chose City Rhythm to perform at our wedding and would definitely recommend them to anyone for any event without a doubt. Thanks again City Rhythm, we're still sore how hard we danced all night!