- The Washington Times - Friday, September 23, 2005

William Vacchiano, 93, trumpeter

NEW YORK (AP) — William Vacchiano, a trumpeter with the New York Philharmonic and teacher at the Juilliard School, died Sept. 19 at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan from respiratory failure. He was 93.

Mr. Vacchiano was principal trumpet for 31 years at the New York Philharmonic and he never missed a performance before leaving in 1973. He continued to teach until 2002 at Juilliard, where his students included Wynton Marsalis and Miles Davis.

Mr. Vacchiano began taking lessons about age 8, and he began playing in the Portland, Maine, Symphony Orchestra when he was 14.

After attending Juilliard, he joined the Philharmonic’s trumpet section in 1935.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate at Juilliard in 2003. He also taught at four other schools, published numerous trumpet method books and designed his own line of trumpet mouthpieces.


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