BVTLive! City Rhythm Bandleader Pete Spina

Saxophonist Pete Spina established the City Rhythm Orchestra in 1985 and has been creating fabulous musical events ever since. His efforts have earned hima reputation as a band who bring a tremendous amount of energy and innovation to the business, and earned the ensemble numerous awards including “Best of Philly” and “Best of the Main Line” several times.

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.

City Rhythm Band Leader

In addition to leading the band for parties and events, Pete has 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.

Pete has also worked extensively in the recording industry. He’s 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, Pete has hosted weekly radio programs on various stations including WRTI 90.1 FM and WPEN 950 AM. He is also voting members of the Recording Academy, Inc., which presents the annual Grammy Awards.