Salvatore Grande was born a musician. As a baby, Salvatore was always attracted to the sounds of an instrument. As a child, Salvatore could be found strumming his dad’s acoustic guitar or playing on the grand piano in his living room. Frustrated with not being able to press down on a guitar string hard enough to produce a sound, Sal would climb up on the piano bench so he can play the piano keys; listening and memorizing the notes he would play. Little did he know he was training his ear which would soon develop to be the foundation of his musical talent.
At the age of five Sal was given an elecric guitar that had a neck scaled down to the size of his tiny hands. That was all he needed to start making music. Sal would sit with his dad and learn songs by Led Zeppelin and jam in their rehearsal studio. Sals early exposure to Rock and Roll and playing with other musicians three times his age would skyrocket his performance ability. Have a look at Sal at eight years old playing Highway to Hell, with Avril Lavigne’s drummer Rodney Howard.
At ten years old, Sal formed the band Giffords Lane. Giffords Lane toured the Tri-State area for five years with over 220 live performances under his belt. At the age 11, Sal performed Eruption for NY’s Borough President on Staten Island. This performance took place less than one week after Sal learned how to play Eruption! Have a look at Sal’s video page for a look at Sal performing live.
During his tenure with Giffords Lane, Sal opened up for the legendary Quiet Riot at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Skate and Surf Festival. Giffords Lane also performed with Glen Burtnik, best known as the former member of Styx, to sellout crowds at New Jersey’s State Theatre and the Count Basie Theatre. Salvatore also performed live on Philadelphia’s Good Day Philly as well as New York City’s nostalgic Bitter End.
Sal continues to play every day. He is currently teaching guitar and spending most of his time recording in his private studio. For more information on Sal, please contact him here.