Pete Saunders Band
Pete Saunders often refers to himself as a musical Swiss Army Knife. As a bandleader, musician, vocalist, arranger and music librarian for Hank Lane Music, it’s easy to see why. Pete is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who plays guitar, electric bass, keyboards and drums. He even plays the accordion, which he began playing when he was just 5 years old. By the time he was 12, he had switched to guitar and began playing in school groups.
A graduate of Hofstra University, Pete received a BS in Music Theory & Composition. He was an assistant choral director of the Hofstra University Chorus and was the recipient of a Dorothy B. Hoag Scholarship. A professional bandleader and musician for the last 26 years, Pete joined Hank Lane Music more than 10 years ago. As the company’s music librarian, he has a very important job beyond being a musician at Hank Lane. Pete reviews every client’s list of musical requests for each of the 15 different Hank Lane dance bands, plus the Classical and Jazz ensembles. In the library he oversees a collection of 10,000 songs and sheet music. Finding music for unusual client requests can often be a challenge, as is ultimately getting all of this information to the band or musician who needs it. If sheet music is not readily available, Pete often writes the musical arrangement himself by ear after listening to it.
Over the past few years, Pete has transcribed guitar and vocal music for several publishers, including Warner Brothers, and for such artists as Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.
Thank you SO MUCH for your work with us and Pete for our wedding. I’m sure you are aware but the Pete Saunders Band is absolutely amazing!!! We had very high expectations and were still totally blown away. Guests still cannot stop raving about how great they were and I can’t tell you how many people have said “I’ve never been to a wedding where literally every guest was dancing!” Their work made an already terrific wedding just so special. I will of course write a note to them and leave a rave review but just wanted to let you know as well.
Hi Stephanie –
I’m back in DC catching up and still glowing about the wedding! I think we all felt it was a wonderful and special evening and Pete Saunders and the band (both musicians and singers) set the
tone from the very beginning. They did a beautiful job right from before the ceremony on. They are all superb at what they do, they gauged the crowd beautifully, and the song selection and pacing were perfect. Cat and Mike felt truly celebrated by the music and I danced all night long! In fact, I’ve had dozens of compliments about the wedding so far and every single person has mentioned the music and said it was the best band they’ve ever heard at a wedding. Many many thanks for all you did to help make it such a success!