The Pittsburgh Banjo Club
Founded on December 15, 1988, by Frank Rossi, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club is dedicated to keeping the music of the Golden Age of the Banjo alive (1920-1930).
Frank Rossi was inducted into the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame on May 24, 2001. The Banjo Hall of Fame is located at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He was also chosen as a 2009 Jefferson Awards winner for his work with the Pittsburgh Banjo Club. The Jefferson Awards program is part of a national volunteer recognition program founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard.
The Pittsburgh Banjo Club includes banjos, trumpets, tubas, and bass. Dressed in bright, colorful uniforms, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club makes a striking appearance while playing the happiest music in the world, putting a smile on your face, a tap in your toe and a song in your heart!
Our program consists of sing-alongs, vocals, banjo solos, music from the ’20s and ’30s, polkas and Dixieland.
We're available for banquets, parties, grand openings, concerts, conventions, fund raisers, political rallies, reunions and any other gathering where the happy sound of the banjo is needed. As a non-profit group, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club donates the monies raised through its performances to local charities.
During the past 28 years, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club has performed at the Cultural District Street Fair, Pittsburgh; Ambridge Nationality Days; Butler County Community College Summer Concerts; Star Lake Amphitheater; Pepsi Roadhouse; Brodhead Cultural Center, Monaca, PA; Carnegie Science Center; Carnegie Music Hall; Children's Museum of Pittsburgh; Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Hazlett Theater; Heinz Hall; Civic Arena; Three Rivers Arts Festival; PPG Place; DiCesare & Engler Riverfest; Three Rivers Stadium; Major League Baseball's All Star Game FanFests; The Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival (Doo Dah Days);PNC Park Opening Day; Three Rivers Regatta; First Night Pittsburgh; Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington & Jefferson College; Casino Theatre, Vandergrift, PA, Groundhog Festival, Punxsutawney, PA, Kennywood Park, and the Gateway Clipper Fleet Sunday Family Cruises.
Nationally, the PBC has performed at the Chautauqua Institute, Lake Chautauqua, NY; Festival for the Arts. Erie, PA; Fretted Instrument Guild of America Conventions in New Orleans, Nashua, NH., Ft. Mitchell, KY., and Raleigh, NC.
In addition, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club performs for hospitals, nursing homes, VA Hospitals, senior centers, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and various other groups in and around the Pittsburgh area.
The club has donated over $140,000 to local Pittsburgh area charities.