Pete Fanelli, a Syracuse, New York native, is one of New England’s most active and in-demand trombonists.
Pete can be seen performing a wide array of stylistically diverse music in and around Boston. His versatility privileges him with the opportunity to share the stage with world-class groups such as the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Somerville Symphony Orkestar and the award-winning Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band. Also at home in the theater pit, Pete has been an orchestra member for dozens of shows with theater companies across New England. Pete is also a sought after collaborator on original music projects. Notable performance and recording credits include: Jim Guttmann’s Bessarabian Breakdown, the Gap Mangione Big Band, Dave Rivello Ensemble, BT/ALC Big Band, and Eastman Broadband. With the Eastman Broadband, he has participated in contemporary music festivals in Italy, Mexico and the U.S., as well as performed on recordings for the Bridge Records and Urtext labels.
Pete’s passion for the study of brass playing and improvisation in its various forms translates to his love of teaching. He maintains a busy private teaching studio and has also lead middle, high school and collegiate workshops on the topics of trombone playing, klezmer music and jazz improvisation.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he received his degree in jazz performance, Pete has studied trombone and jazz improvisation under Mark Kellogg and Dr. Howard Potter at the Eastman school, as well as Steve Frank, Joe Colombo, Curtis Fuller and Hal Crook.