Sam Petitti is a guitarist, composer, and music educator currently based in New York City, where he has lived since 2010.
Sam began his musical career outside of Hartford, Connecticut. While in high school, he studied with Doug Maher and attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. During this time, Sam also began playing in local bands and composing his own music.
Following high school, Sam was accepted to the prestigious Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Florida. In addition to becoming an in-demand freelance musician in the South Florida music scene, Sam performed in the Grammy Nominated University of Miami "Concert Jazz Band" and was also a member of the Henry Mancini Institute. While in Miami, Sam performed with world class musicians of many genres including Dave Leibman, Maria Schneider, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Miller, Will Lee, Monica Mancini, Lee Levin, Shelly Berg, Alex Norris, and Troy Roberts.
Sam received both a B.A. in Jazz Guitar Performance and M.M. in Jazz Pedagogy from the Frost School. While attaining his M.M., Sam was a teaching assistant for the Jazz Department, teaching courses in Improvisation, Rhythm Section Techniques, Guitar Ensemble, as well as private lessons to Frost music students.
Following his graduation in 2010, Sam moved to New York City. Since his arrival, Sam has been an integral member to both Glass Elephant and Bridget Davis and the Viking Kings, playing and recording lead guitar, and contributing as a composer and songwriter. Both groups have released music to critical acclaim. The song "Little Sister", co-written by Sam and Bridget Davis, was featured in the movie "See You in Valhalla"(2014). Sam will be releasing his debut instrumental album later in 2018.
Aside from these projects, Sam is an active freelance guitarist in the New York music scene, playing and recording with numerous rock and folk bands, freelance projects and Jazz performances. Sam maintains an active teaching career, and is Director of Bands and a private lessons instructor at Mark Murphy's Music in South Orange, NJ. He also teaches privately out of his own studio and in the greater NYC area.