SPECTRUM was formed in October 2015 by a special group of guys with a common love of music. Their unique bond of Autism has brought each of them their own challenges and road blocks along the way. After meeting and playing at several benefit shows together, they decided to band together as their own act. Their amazing musical talent allows them to be free of a diagnosis, giving them the confidence to shine like the stars they are. There are no limits to what they can acheive!
The drummer of Spectrum Band, Chris is from North Huntingdon, PA. He is a 2011 graduate of Norwin High School where he was a member of the front ensemble in the Norwin Band and played percussion in the Norwin Concert Band. He currently plays percussion with the Westmoreland Community College Symphonic Band. Chris has also played drums for many charity events with the Nied’s Hotel Band. Chris has been playing drums since the age of 12. His musical influences include Guns and Roses, Rush and AC/DC.
The lead singer and keyboardist, Bobby is from New Kensington, Pa. He is currently a senior at Valley High School focusing in academic studies. He performs in his school’s stage band and jazz band playing a variety of percussion instruments. Bobby started playing keyboards at an early age. He performed on stage for the first time when he was 11 years old at the infamous Moondogs Pub, Pittsburgh, PA. Since then, Bobby has also played many events with the Nied’s Hotel Band. Bobby also enjoys writing and recording his own music, with his main influences being Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles.
The guitarist & vocals, Justin is from Penn Hills, Pa. He started playing drums at age 6, and guitar at age 12. Justin performed in the concert & jazz bands while in school at Penn Hills, before moving to the Wesley Spectrum School, from where he graduated. Justin has played guitar on many occasions with the Nied’s Hotel Band and loves to perform at functions with his musical family. Justin’s musical influences are Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhodes. He is employed at Lifeswork and volunteers at Animal Friends. He also plays hockey for The Pittsburgh Emperors Special Hockey team
The bass player and vocalist, Erin is from Baldwin, PA. She is a freshman and Baldwin High School. She started playing violin at a young age. She then played the sax and now plays bass guitar for Spectrum. She has played shows at the Hard Rock Pittsburgh. She was asked to join Spectrum after meeting Justin through the Pittsburgh Emperor’s Special Needs Hockey Team of which her sister and Justin are members.
The bass guitarist, he has been gracious enough to help the band out, until a permanent bassist is found. Keith currently resides in Ligonier, and is the owner/operator of American Graffiti Signs and Digital Displays. Keith has a long history of playing professionally, beginning at age 10. The band is so grateful for his kindness and expertise.
This talented band of musicians with special needs, has inspired local musicians to form a non-profit organization, called Band Together Pittsburgh. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds to support family friendly music programs for those who have special challenges and their families.
The band Spectrum is proud to be associated with such a great organization and look forward to making a difference in the special needs community.