|Mary "Mama" Scinta, Frank Scinta, Peter O'Donnell, Christine Scinta, Artist Randy Soard and Joe Scinta at the Rio Hotel & Casino December 2002|
|Chrissi & Frank Scinta|
|Peter O'Donnell, Frank Scinta, Christine Scinta, and Joe Scinta|
|Joe “Bucko” and Mary “Mama” Scinta raised
four children – Joe, Frankie and Chrissi, who are all a part of The Scintas,
and Tony, a homicide detective with the Buffalo police department – in
Buffalo, New York. Not realizing their children would someday become
well-known Vegas headliners; Bucko introduced them to music at a very young
Bucko gave Frankie a guitar when was four years old, and the moment he picked it up, he was an entertainer. As a young kid, Frankie made appearances with his banjo on the Merv Griffin Show, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and the Larry Mack Talent show. He was known as a very talented young musician who could play any song just by hearing it. When Frankie was 12 years old, he added his little sister Chrissi to his act, and together, they performed for family, made frequent local appearances at nursing homes and played special events throughout Buffalo.
Their older brother Joe had been playing the bass for years, and when he graduated from college, he asked Frankie to join his band “Top Banana” as a keyboardist. After a short, two-month stint in Hawaii, the band broke up. Back home in Buffalo, Joe and Frankie started performing as “The Scinta Brothers.”
When Chrissi was in high school, she had her own aspirations of being an entertainer, and stayed busy with school plays and other singing projects. In 1978, she performed in the Miss New York State Pageant and auditioned for the TV show “Fame.” She was one of only a few finalists who were beat by superstar Janet Jackson for a starring role in the show. Soon afterwards, Joe and Frankie realized it was time to add a third member to their band. Just 18 years old, Chrissi wasn’t old enough to work in bars, so Joe and Frank had to sneak her through the back door of venues to perform.
In 1986, Pete O’Donnell, a very talented percussionist who also hails from Buffalo, joined the group. They then became The Scintas, and they have been thrilling audiences throughout the world for the last 17 years.
Over the years, The Scintas have performed for thousands of crowds, including several U.S. presidents and high-profile entertainers like Ray Charles, Rip Taylor, Al Martino, Foster Brooks, Clint Holmes, Patty Weaver, The Temptations, Rick James, Burt Reynolds and Eric Carmen, just to name a few. The Scintas have also performed for many multi-million dollar corporations such as Pepsi, Mobil Oil, Kodak, GM and Hiram Walker & Sons. In addition, the group has performed in fund-raisers for St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, Children’s Hospital in New York, and many in Las Vegas including Planet Hollywood’s EOB Reach out, Positively Kids and City of Hope. Additional venues they have performed at include Caesars Palace, The Riviera, Tropicana, Bally’s, Las Vegas Hilton, Andiamo’s in Detroit, Callaway Gardens in Atlanta, The Marriott in New York, The Radisson Hotel and The Hyatt in Buffalo.
The Patriarch of the Scintas family, Joe "Bucko" Scinta, was a Buffalo New York Firefighter for 30 years