William Vacchiano (May 23, 1912 – September 19, 2005) was a trumpeter and trumpet instructor.
Originally from Portland, Maine, Vacchiano studied trumpet at age 12. At 14 years old, he was playing in the Portland Symphony. For five years (1930-1935), he studied under Max Schlossberg at the latter's studio in The Bronx. He joined the New York Philharmonic in 1935 as third/assistant principal trumpet and appointed principal trumpet in 1942 by Bruno Walter. He taught at the Juilliard School for 67 years (1935-2002). He was also a professor at the Mannes College of Music from 1937–83 and the Manhattan School of Music from 1935-2002. His students included Wynton Marsalis, Philip Smith, Charles Schlueter, Gerard Schwarz, Manny Laureano, and Miles Davis.
His obituary in The New York Times quoted him saying:
- "This, to me, is happiness. When I feel bad I go down to the studio in my house, I pick up my horn and I'm in seventh heaven. That's what music should be like."
- ^ "Max Schlossberg". O.J.'s Trumpet Page. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
- Biography from Juilliard.
- A Miles Davis Website
- Daniel J. Wakin (2005-09-24). "William Vacchiano, 93, Trumpeter and Teacher". The New York Times. p. 13, Section: The Arts/Cultural Desk.
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