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Band Together Pittsburgh was founded in early 2016 by John Vento (Left) & Ron “Moondog” Esser (Right).

Our Vision

Band Together Pittsburgh believes that music has the power to unify the world.

We envision using music to inspire and enrich the lives of those on the autism spectrum, enabling integration with family, friends, and society as a whole.

Our Mission

Band Together Pittsburgh uses music as an instrument for change.

We provide innovative programming, experiences, and vocational opportunities to enhance the lives of those on the autism spectrum.

More About the Founders:

John Vento, a successful Pittsburgh businessman, returned to music to front The Nied’s Hotel Band, voted Pittsburgh’s Best Bar Band – 2016. Through his performances, he has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for charity. His leadership, generosity and work ethic are well known throughout the Pittsburgh music scene. John loves to perform and wants to share that experience with those on the Autism spectrum.

Ron “Moondog” Esser has been a huge part of the Pittsburgh music scene for 30+ years. Ron owns Moondog’s and the Starlite Lounge in Blawnox, and he produced the Pittsburgh Blues Festival for more than 20 years. The Festival, during that period, netted over $2 million for charity. Moondog has also been awarded Volunteer Philanthropist of the Year by the Western PA Fundraising Professionals and he is a board member of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.