About

Pete’s music is founded on his study of classical guitar and his love of Rock, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, and World Music. His early influences include Bach and The Beatles, but his exposure to progressive rock bands such as Yes, Genesis, and ELP ignited his passion for the guitar. Fusion artists such as Al DiMeola, Jean-Luc, Ponty, and John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra provided further early inspiration. At the same time, the great classic rock artists of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s provided a musical backdrop which strongly influences his playing to this day.

Pete’s contemporary influences include John Mayer, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Steve Morse and Dream Theater, among others, and he continually embraces his love of many musical styles.

Currently Pete performs as the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Pete Giuliani Band. Fueled by Pete’s unique songwriting style, his band is an Acoustic/Electric group that showcases infectious grooves, playful improvisations, and creative interpretations of cover songs. The Pete Giuliani Band fuses tight arrangements, crafted vocal harmonies, and exciting instrumental adventures that keep audiences up and dancing.

As a solo performer, Pete’s laid-back style is great entertainment. His instrumental and vocal skills bring his original songs to life, while his eclecticism leads listeners down many musical paths. During a typical performance, he’s likely to perform an original instrumental piece along with a tune by Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, The Jackson 5, Green Day or Prince. Whether he’s playing an original song or a unique interpretation of a cover tune, the connection to his audience is always there.

At his home studio in the beautiful Animas Valley, north of Durango, Pete writes, records, and teaches guitar, bass and voice to students of all ages and abilities. His patient teaching method is totally student -oriented, and is all about having a lot of fun while learning. He is well versed in a variety of musical styles, so he keeps his students involved in the music they love.

Pete grew up in an old colonial home in Newtown Square, PA, near Philadelphia. At a young age, he was introduced to choral music, the clarinet, and fell in love with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which at the time was conducted by the great Eugene Ormandy. He took up the guitar at age 12, and became a serious student of the instrument while in high school. Pete attended Penn State University where he earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and studied classical guitar for fun. Upon graduation, Pete embarked on a career in hotels when he moved to Durango, Colorado.

Eventually he decided to pursue his love of music full time. He began teaching guitar to a few students while working at Katzin Music in Durango. He continued teaching there while he pursued his love of skiing, climbing, and whitewater as an instructor and guide. Along the way he performed as both a solo artist and with several Durango bands. Now Pete is a full-time musician, teaching private lessons and performing throughout the Southwest. He continues to teach skiing for fun at Durango Mountain Resort, and is Level 3 certified in both Alpine and Telemark skiing, a trainer for the DMR Ski and Ride School, and a guest instructor at Telemark Festivals in Colorado and New Mexico. Pete is known for his unique and innovative teaching style, which is informed by his long-time practice of Iyengar Yoga and Buddhist meditation.