Our Team

Band Together Pittsburgh was founded in early 2016 by John Vento, Ron “Moondog” Esser and Jim Stewart.

Ron “Moondog” Esser – Moondog has been a huge part of the Pittsburgh music scene for more than 30 years. The owner of Moondogs and the Starlite Lounge in Blawnox, Ron also produced the Pittsburgh Blues Festival for over 20 years. The Festival, during that period, netted over $2 million. Moondog has also been awarded Philanthropist of the Year.

John Vento – A successful Pittsburgh businessman, Vento returned to music to frontThe Nied’s Hotel Band (voted Pittsburgh’s Best Bar Band.) Through his performances, he has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars.His leadership, charity and work ethic are well known throughout the Pittsburgh music scene.

Jim Stewart – Stewart has spent nearly 35 years in the non profit, communications and youth development world. A TV news photographer, he  saw the human condition first hand and left to create opportunities for disenfranchised youth. Stewart developed a maritime themed charter school in Erie, where he worked with over 10,000 students, winning the PA Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. An innovator, capacity builder and tireless champion for differently abled individuals.