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Trumpeter, Teacher William Vacchiano Dies

Trumpeter and Julliard professor William A. Vacchiano died Sept. 19 of natural causes at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 93. Vacchiano was a noted musician and instructor, having taught jazz greats including Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis, Mercer Ellington, Gerard Schwarz, Philip Smith and John Nelson. Vacchiano’s students have been in practically every major orchestra in the United States, including many first-desk and section players of Lincoln Center’s orchestras.

Vacchiano was born on May 23, 1912 in Portland, Maine, and began studying trumpet at age 12. By 14, Vacchiano was talented enough to join the Portland Symphony and also performed as an unofficial member of the 242nd Coast Artillery Band. He attended Juilliard as an undergraduate from 1931-1934 and went on to study at the Juilliard Graduate School from 1934-1935.

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