Pete Wagner started the organization in 1954. It swiftly became the most prolifically hired band in the Tri-state area. Paul Wagner, Pete’s son, has guided the second generation of the band since 1986. The band has maintained its appeal for over fifty years by focusing on the client’s requisites.
The Pete Wagner Band has performed for thousands of functions. Exclusive affairs include: wedding receptions, private and corporate parties, anniversaries, reunions, fund-raisers. Public performances include: big band dances, conventions, political rallies, military reunions,Tri-State Casino’s. Oktoberfests, Cincinnati Reds games, Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl parties, River Downs Racetrack, Tall Stacks, festivals and park concerts.
The following highlights noteworthy performances:
The PWB has performed for five Presidents: Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, Bush and George W. Bush, played big band dances at Coney Island’s Moonlite Pavilion for a record 51 consecutive years, countless city and park concerts, plus hundreds of parties. American Financial Group has hired the Pete Wagner Band since 1987 to perform at its annual Christmas party. We have performed the dinner dance sets after performances of some of the biggest stars in the musical industry over 25 years. Some of the many stars include: Chicago, Faith Hill, Wayne Newton, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Ritchie, Natalie Cole, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Chubby Checker, Bill Cosby, Andy Williams, Jessica Simpson, Harry Connick Jr, Micheal Buble, and Tim McGraw
The PWB has been performing and backing up National Acts at Northern Kentucky’s biggest festival since its inception in 1991 Newport Kentucky’s “Festa Italiana”
The Pete Wagner Dixieland Band was the last to play at Crosley Field, the first and last to play at Riverfront- Cinergy Field and Opening Day at The Great American Ball Park. The group entertained at Tall Stacks and has been strolling around River Downs Race Track for more than 30 years.
The Pete Wagner German Schnapps Band has played at Covington’s Maifest and Oktoberfest as well as Oktoberfest Zinzinnati since its inception.