Sam Petitti is a guitarist, composer, and music educator currently based in New York City where he has been located since 2010.
Sam began his musical career in the just 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 and while attaining his M.M., Sam was a teaching assistant for the Jazz Department, teaching courses in Improvisation, Rhythm Section Techniques as well as private lessons and ensembles.
Following his graduation in 2010, Sam migrated north to New York City. Since his arrival in New York City, Sam has been an integral member to both Glass Elephant and Bridget Davis and the Viking Kings, playing lead guitar and contributing as a composer and songwriter. He has also launched his own studio project entitled Pet Eagle.
Aside from these projects, Sam is an active freelance guitarist in the New York music scene performing and recording regularly with bands such as the Natalie York Band and My Cousin the Emperor as well as other freelance projects and Jazz performances.
Sam still maintains an active teaching career and is Director of Bands and 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.