Frank Vignola, who plays banjo and acoustic guitar and Sam Pilafian, a fluent tuba player, co-lead Travelin’ Light. Travelin’ Light is a band that has recorded many swinging, often humorous sets for Telarc and Concord. Vignola was born in New York on December 30, 1965. Italian-American Vignola began playing guitar at six years old and has since been a fan of many different guitarists. Vignola was not a jazz snob. He listened to jazz but also enjoyed classical music, rock and R.