Pete Barbutti


Appearing with Pete... Bobby Ruffin's Tribute to the Drifters






Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Pete started his musical career at age eleven by taking accordion lessons and within one year was earning spending money playing at weddings. He attended Scranton Tech High School, where he studied percussion and as a freshman, moved up to the advanced band program. While attending high school, performing solos and writing arrangements for the tech band, he also played with the University of Scranton band, the noted Scranton Philharmonic Orchestra and was selected "first chair" percussion in statewide competition. During these same high school years, Pete operated two accordion schools and spent his nights performing in local nightclubs.


  Pete graduated high school voted "Most popular boy" and "Class clown". Upon finishing high school, Pete served in the army reserves where he became head arranger and assistant conductor with the 79th Division band.  


Then came the formation of his own group, a musical-comedy-vocal quartet called "The Millionaires" which toured the country for six years, settling in Chicago, then Las Vegas, where ""The Millionaires" quickly became the favorite of many Las Vegas strip celebrities.

After two years in Las Vegas, the group disbanded and Pete started working as a stand-up comic first in Spokane, then Seattle. It was during this period that Steve Allen saw a locally produced video tape of Pete and immediately booked him as a regular on his popular late night TV of which, was seen by Nat King Cole who booked Pete for an extended concert you.


Next came a long run on Arthur Godfrey's famous radio show and a regular spot on the Gary Moore show. Pete moved back to Las Vegas where he can frequently be found working any one of the strip hotels and although based there, Pete maintains a high national visibility by working clubs, conventions and fairs all across the United States and Canada and is famous for his hundreds of appearances on television talk shows.

Pete conducts a comedy "workshop" seminar in Las Vegas where he tutors young comics in the art of working both in concert and on television.




Pete Barbutti has received one of the coveted "LAS VEGAS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR" awards. This award was voted by his peers as well as the entertainment directors and Las Vegas press. Pete has also received an "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR" award for his performances in Atlantic City.

"ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD" from the American Federation of Musicians. "MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD" from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

"ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD" from the International Theatrical Agencies Association.



Pete & the Drifters are  performing at the 4 Queens Showroom


Thursday - Sunday @ 8:00 pm




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