'Trio-Nova' was formed in 1994 as a duo originally named 'Dos-Nova'. Guitarist Pete Devine and bassist Mike Vogelmann, band mates in a bar band that had just broken up, decided to stay together as a duo to play instrumental covers of songs they liked irrespective of style or era. The musical format of the new duo came into focus when they covered a Bossa Nova piece by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Pete was able to use his training in the classical guitar and also improvise in a jazz context and Mike found a perfect vehicle for his very musical, supportive bass playing. They learned several Bossa Nova compositions by Jobim and other composers such as Luiz Bonfa and Kenny Dorham in addition to playing unique, cool arrangements of jazz, pop and r+b tunes. Pete also wrote several originals for the new duo. All the tunes had the stamp of the very original sound that 'Dos-Nova' was creating. They wanted to include a drummer/percussionist to the band but as they searched for the right musician to fill that post they used a drum machine to add the rhythmic groove: a compromise at best. 'Dos-Nova' played at cafes, bookstores, art galleries, bars, restaurants and private engagements for two years. They recorded a CD and developed a loyal following. At this point Pete asked drummer Bill Marconi, with whom he taught at an area music school, to sit in on a gig. Bill loved the music and his percussive style of drumming instantly clicked with the band. 'Dos-Nova' became 'Trio-Nova' and the drum machine was tossed. Since that time the band has refined it's sound, become more exploratory musically and more empathic as a unit. Trio-Novas unique sound is comprised of a combination of the instrumental, fingerstyle guitar arrangements by Pete that he plays mainly on the electric classical guitar, Mikes tasteful, toneful bass playing and Bills percussive drumming that combines his experience with jazz, rock and world rhythms. Their repertoire is vast and varied enough to be able to play to any room, event or concert. They play Bossa Nova, jazz, pop and originals all with a cool, groovin' style that is entirely their own. Guitarist and composer Pete Devine has played in jazz, rock and reggae bands on the east coast and Midwest for twenty years. He also performs on the solo classical guitar. He has studied at Ithaca College, Glassboro State and Rowan University and has degrees in performance and music education. He's an established guitar instructor and is on staff at the Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, the Rowan Campus School of the Arts and at his private studio. He's proud to be from New Jersey and drives a used G.M. sedan. Bassist Mike Vogelmann is one of the most, if not THE most, established bass players on the Philly original rock scene. He's played with Ken Kweder, The Front Street Runners, Philly folkie Peter Stone Brown, and toured the U.S. and Europe with Ben Vaughan. Besides playing with Trio-Nova, he also plays in Del Pez, a Philadelphia based rock and roll band. He's, in addition, a certified computer tech and drives a Subaru station wagon. Drummer/Percussionist Bill Marconi has performed on the east and west coast and in Europe in jazz, rock and big bands and for shows. He has degrees in music performance from Glassboro State College and Miami University. He studied with notable drummers such as Greg Bissonete and Jeff Hamilton. He is also a classical percussionist and was the principal timpanist for the Philharmonic of South Jersey. He is a popular drum instructor who teaches at his private studio in the Main Line Pa. Area. He regularly teaches a percussion workshop for kids called 'Rhythms of the World'. He's a good cook and drives an S.U.V. It's fair to say that Trio-Nova have a sound and a style that is theirs alone. The fusion of styles and instrumentation is hard to describe adequately in a word or sentence. Just go and see them play. Their eclectic approach to their repertoire is, as one fan described it, Tres-Cool.