The stories of noted instrumentalists from the Pittsburgh area who are soloists, sidemen, session players, or members of well known bands.


Bret Michaels -Poison

Phil Keaggy – Glass Harp

Reb Beach - Winger, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, Dokken,

Bryan Basset -Foghat, Wild Cherry, Molly Hatchet,

Sid McGinnis –Dave Letterman Show Orchestra, Carly Simon

Paul Gilbert -Mr. Big and Racer X

Fred Nelson -Paul Gilbert USA Project

Keith Nelson -Buck Cherry.

Danny (Stag) Steigerwald -Kingdom Come,

Steve Dudas -Ringo Starr's Band

Rick Witkiowski –Crack the Sky, B.E. Taylor Band

Warren King -Diamond Reo, The Silencers, Kingsnake Studios



Bob Babbitt –Motown Funk Brothers

Billy Cox - Jimi Hendrix

Hank Van Sickle -John Mayhall,

Gary Van Scyoc –John Lennon, Elephant’s Memory

Skinny Bishop - Bobby Vinton, Gino Vinelli


Chris Frantz founding member of the Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club,

George Suranovich -Love, Eric Burden, Jimmy Witherspoon,

Art Tripp of the Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart,

Vinnie Colaiuta –Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell,

Bernie Dressel -Brian Setzer Orchestra, David Bryne

Poggie Bell -Stanley Clark, ForceMD, David Sanborn

Brian Young -Fountains of Wayne

Paul Douchette -Matchbox20 durmmer, guitarist, song writer

Ron "Byrd" Foster -Roy Buchanan, the Silencers


Music Director and Keyboards

Stanley Change Howard – keyboard for Prince and the Time

Allen "Grip" Smith -musical director, keyboard Keith Sweat, LSGg, TLC, Silk, The SOS Band,  s. Percy Smith -Keyboard player for Keith Sweat, Excape, LSG, Kutt Klose, Silk, and others.  Reginald "Wiz" Jones - musical director keyboard Toni Braxton, New Edition, Con Funk Shun,

Hermie Granati – Keyboard & vocals Jaggerz, Joe Grushecky, B.E. Taylor, Granati Bros


Eric Leeds -Prince's Band, 


Papa John Creach -Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Hot Tuna,

Pittsburgh Instrumentalist

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