Music was all around me growing up. My grandparents, Frank and Carmela Pandolfi, started the Conneticut Opera Association in 1942. I never met my grandfather, but my grandmother got us playing piano at a really young age. Ultimately inspired by my older brother Jono’s musical tastes and exploits, I got my first banjo in the summer of 1997. The next ten or so years flew by. During that time I got my undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and then went on to be the first ever banjo principal at the Berklee College of Music before moving to Nashville, TN in 2004. Along the way I was lucky to work with many amazing people, but ultimately I started a band with great musicians who are also my great friends – The Infamous Stringdusters. We have been touring for about 9 years, have a bunch of albums, a Grammy nomination and an amazing community of fans. We strive to make good original music, explore the world and enjoy life.