The Blue Bombers formed in 1986 with lead singer Gary Belloma, sax player Chris Patarini, drummer Terry Bates, guitarist Ernie Hawkins, keyboardist Fred Delu, and bassist Harry McCorkle. The band was noted for Gary's soulful voice and wild dancing along with Chris Patarini playing sax on top of the bar and tables. During their residency at Gene's Bar
the Blues Bombers released two recordings the “Bombs Away” cassette in 1992 and “Altitude Adjustment” CD in 1995. After the closing of Gene’s in 1997 the Blues Bomber moved to three year stay at the by Buffalo Blues in Shadyside doing Saturday night gigs. They released the “Pack Your 'Chute” CD in 2001 and the “Departures” CD in 2006. The Blues Bombers continue to play today at Pittsburgh area clubs. The band now features Chris Patarini on in sax, Frank Giove on Guitar, Don Czaplicki on Bass, and Kurt “Junior Smoke” Steinle on drums and new lead singer Patrick Scanga.