Vince playing sax Vince conducting



Hometown: I grew up in Peekskill, New York, a small town north of New York City. My classmates were a mixture of kids from every ethnic and religious background. We played ball together, went to dances together, sat in classes together, and ate lunch together. For the most part, like the United Nations, we managed to get along.

Inspirations: My father was a professional musician, who at the age of 30 lost three fingers on his right hand in an industrial accident. Despite this disability he played saxophone and the clarinet professionally until he passed away at 90 years old. I learned from my Dad that with concerted effort, focus, and determination, I could become whoever I wanted to be.

A Turning Point: When I was eleven, I asked my Dad how I can learn to write music like what I heard on the radio and on recordings. He advised: "Work hard, study with the best, always ask lots of questions, and never be afraid to ask the top players and composers how they do what they do," His voice still echoes this message in my mind.

Musical Training: I graduated from the State University College at Potsdam and from Columbia University with three degrees in music. Heeding my Dad's words, I studied privately with the best musicians and teachers in New York City, so I could hone my playing, composing, arranging and conducting skills. My composition teachers were Arnold Franchetti (Hartt School of Music) Bernard Wagenaar (Juilliard School), Jimmy Giuffre, and film scoring with Don Sebesky.

Professional: Prior to teaching music at the public school and college/university levels, I served in the Army as a member of the USMA Band at West Point. Afterward, I continued to write music for the Jazz Knights for 10 years. I conducted recording sessions with members of the Toronto Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Philly Pops Orchestras. I traveled to China to conduct the Kunming Symphony Orchestra in Kunming in 2000. Presently I write, arrange, conduct, and play saxophone. I teach 12 music courses online. My book, "Arranging Music for the Real World" is published by Mel Bay Music.

Personal: My wife, Norma, and I have three children: Stephen is an executive at Verizon; Regina teaches English as a second language; and Matthew, teaches acting in New York City and owns his Studio-Theatre.

Objectives: I am committed to fulfill my Dad's legacy to inspire and mentor all musicians, so they can be whoever they want to be.

Biographical and Philosophical Sketch

Vince's passion to compose, produce, conduct, arrange and play music drives his dynamic and energetic spirit-all of which is evident in his accomplishments within the music industry. His creative abilities abound as he explores new and personal vistas.

By sharing his expertise, Vince provides a role model for the novice musician and the seasoned professional; casual listener and the jazz aficionado; to the movie and Broadway musical buff and the symphony maven.

His one-of-a-kind textbook, a "must–have" for music arrangers, encourages the necessity for strong theory coupled with his innovative technical applications.

Believing that music, the universal language, brings cultures together, Vince accepted the challenge and honor to direct the Kunming Symphony Orchestra, China, where he earned world recognition at the International Festival of the Arts.

Whether mentoring an individual on or collaborating with his son and brother on drama, Vince continues to share his passion by making musical contributions for all to embrace.

Blues Hall of Fame - Vince was inducted as a Master Blues and Jazz Artist and Teacher from New York in the Blues Hall of Fame, November 9, 2013.


  • Author of a music arranging textbook for Mel Bay Publications. Arranging Music for the Real World with CD,© 2002, which has received five-star reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  • Music Reviewer for School Band and Orchestra Magazine
  • Music Reviewer for Music Teacher International Magazine (Australia)
  • Music reviewer and clinician for, a website available to music teachers, performers, composers, and conductors
  • New York Concerto for alto saxophone and piano
  • Jazzin' the Nursery Rhymes with play-along CD
  • Jazzin' the Accordion with play-along CD
  • Jazzin' the Blues for the intermediate pianist



Film Scores
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon (NY)
  • Approaching Storms (Norfolk, VA)
  • A Little Off the Top (Norfolk, VA)
Dramatic Dance
  • Toymaker and Son (Toronto)
  • Tribute, Triumph (Hong Kong)
  • A Home Coming Christmas with Mary Mancini, international singing star and Mario Tacca, world renowned accordionist. Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY December 13, 2005. Writer, director, music arranger
  • The A-Train (Nine performances in September 2006 (NYC) A journey into the creative process as an older, horn player struggles to "get it back." Musical producer
  • Just The Way We Were with the Norm Hathaway Big Band. Music Director and arranger for this 1940s show, and Winter Wonderland Swinging Christmas Show. Four appearances at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on Broadway, July and December 2011 and 2012, and on Saturday Night Live in May 2012.
  • A Dream of Wings, the story of the Wright Brothers. Wilbur and Orville's triumph over adversity is a personification of the American Dream.
  • The Rhythm Kings, the true story of five teen-age musicians, in an inter-racial band, and the problems they encountered leading to their big debut in New York City.


  • Annual Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia for WPI-TV, and ABC-Disney (Philadelphia) (Ten years)
  • The Greatest Music of the Catholic Church and It's a Wonderful World (NY)
  • Ten albums of Praise and Worship for Youth with a Mission (with members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
  • USMA Band at West Point (NY), Arranger for the Jazz Knights (Ten years)
  • ABC News Theme for Peter Jennings "World News Tonight" (NY)
  • Music for Action Park, Sesame Place Theme and other commercials (NY)
  • Resorts International in Atlantic City (NJ), Garden State Arts Center (NJ), Show for vocal artist, Mary Mancini and accordionist, Mario Tacca.


  • Movie: Cradle of Genius (Norfolk, VA) 2003
  • Kunming Symphony Orchestra (Kunming China) The International Festival of the Arts 2000

Private Study (composition)

  • Arnold Franchetti (Hartt School of Music, Harford, CT)
  • Bernard Wagenaar (Juilliard School of Music, NY)
  • Jimmy Giuffre (NY)
  • Don Sebesky (Film Scoring) NY

Teaching Experience

  • Teacher of Composition and Arranging for Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble at the US School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Director of Music Industry Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina: Music Business Courses, Wind Ensemble, Composition, Arranging, Jazz Ensemble, Applied Saxophone & Clarinet, Musical Productions
  • Associate Professor of Music at The King's College, Briarcliff Manor, New York: Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Theory, Composition, Arranging , Conducting, Instrumental Methods Classes, Jazz Ensemble, Applied Woodwinds, Musical Productions
  • Director of Music at Peekskill City Schools, Peekskill, New York Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Theory, Instrumental lessons

Clinics and Workshops

  • Music Arranging - Navy Fleet Band, Norfolk, VA
  • Musical Theatre - New York, North Carolina, Toronto, Hawaii, Hong Kong and China
  • Music Business - "How to Navigate Through the Music Business Without Getting Mugged!"
  • How to Improve Your Wind Ensemble - (working with student musicians)
  • How to Improve Your Jazz Ensemble - (working with student musicians)

I also adjudicated bands, jazz ensembles, choirs, and show choirs for three musical organizations in New Jersey for over 15 years.