Meet the Jon Dretto Band
The Jon Dretto Band is led by nineteen-year-old Paul Reed Smith Guitars Artist, Jon Dretto. He performed primarily as a solo artist until numerous requests from promoters, booking agents and clubs led to the formation of Jon’s band, in spring, 2017.
Jon has been studying and playing guitar since age eight and began performing at age twelve. He has performed throughout the Eastern US and Canada. Notably: The Rogers Centre in Toronto for the 100th Canadian Super Bowl; B.B. King’s Blues Club in Nashville; NASCAR at Watkins Glen; multiple performances in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; four years at the Niagara Falls Blues Festival, many Upstate NY clubs and much more.
Jon was signed by prestigious Paul Reed Smith Guitars at age 15. He was the youngest Artist ever signed by a major American guitar company. He has played all genre of music but his band’s focus is rock, country and blues. Jon plays lead guitar and sings lead and backup.
Jon is currently a Dean’s List Music Performance Major at an Upstate New York college. He has a full scholarship. He hopes to tour nationally with his band upon graduation.
Kyle Gorall is nineteen years old and, in spite of his youth, is a seasoned guitarist who also sings lead and backup. Kyle started guitar at age nine and has been inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton. He is currently attending a Rochester New York area college studying Guitar Performance. Kyle is the Jon Dretto Band’s second lead guitar and rhythm guitar player.
Sam Klotz is another young but experienced performer. He started with 6 years of classical piano, adding drums and percussion in 6th grade. He moved into jazz during his time at McQuaid Jesuit, earning a scholarship to pursue a Jazz Percussion degree at the University of Maryland. While there, he began playing guitar and bass as well. Sam was a founding member of Tomato Dodgers, an action-funk rock and roll band in the DC area. For the last 4 years, he has worked for Nik Entertainment, in Rochester, as a drummer, background vocalist, bassist and guitarist.
Pete Griffith. Gut, grit, heart and soul. After high school he hit the road and landed in Charleston S.C., singing the blues and playing drums. He then landed a gig playing drums for a Ska/Funk band in NYC in the late 90’s. After that, he fronted a bluesy rock-n—roll band, Kings Jealousy, in Rochester, NY. When they parted ways, he got back to his roots without missing a beat. Pete formed The Dirty Bourbon Blues Band, singing the blues and hittin’ the skins. The DBBB is well-known to Upstate New Yorkers. He has shared the stage with the likes of Chris Duarte, Commander Cody, Carolyn Wonderland and Blues Traveler. Pete is the Jon Dretto Band’s drummer.