Vincent 'Vince' DeRosa was a part of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra (Feb - March 1967) when Frank Zappa recorded the orchestral parts for "Lumpy Gravy".
Vincent DeRosa was born into a musical family in Kansas City. His father
played clarinet and his mother was a singer. The family moved to Chicago, and
then later moved to Los Angeles. Vince studied briefly with his uncle Vincent
DeRobertus (who was on staff as a horn player at Paramount Studios), and the
legendary Alfred Brain (uncle of Dennis Brain, and Principal Horn at 20th
Century Fox Studios). Vince started his professional career at the age of
seventeen in the horn section at 20th Century Fox. During World War II, he
played in an Army recording orchestra based in Santa Ana. After obtaining his
release from the Army, Vince decided to try freelance recording in Los Angeles.
His first jobs were playing live radio broadcasts, and he was very successful at
this type of work.
Mr. DeRosa is the most recorded brass player in history with a career
spanning six decades. He has played on more motion picture scores than any other
musician and his solo horn sound is legendary. He has played as a featured
artist on many television shows, records and jingles. Mr. DeRosa established the
lush, rich sound of the Horn as a mainstay in all recording orchestras.
Consequently, film composers of today write for the horn now more than ever. Mr.
DeRosa has set the standard for several generations of horn players with his
brilliant performances and state of the art teaching. Among his students were
his cousin Henry Sigismonti (Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
under Zubin Mehta), George Price (long time third Horn of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic), and his nephew Jeffrey DeRosa (a busy studio horn player). Mr.
DeRosa began teaching at the University of Southern California in 1974. His
students at USC have gone on to excellent careers in all areas of music
|boyd raeburn: memphis in june 1946
|pete rugulo: the pete rugolo orchestra 1954
|russ garcia: the russ garcia orchestra 1956
|johnny richards: aijalon 1956
|mel torme: lulu's back in town 1956
|stan kenton: back to balboa 1958
|stan kenton: kenton/wagner 1964
|stan kenton: conducts the la neophonic orchestra 1965
|johnny mandel: i want to live (soundtrack) 1968
|marty paich: i get a boot out of you 1959
|art pepper: modern jazz classics 1959
|skip martin: scheherajazz 1959
|skip martin: swingin' with prince igor 1959
|bill holman: bill holman's great big band 1960
|henry mancini: the blues and the beat 1960
|henry mancini: combo 1960
|henry mancini: uniquely mancini 1962
|henry mancini: mancini '67 1966
zappa: lumpy gravy
(1967, lp, usa, verve)
|chuck mangione: bellavia 1975
|sammy nestico: dark orchid 1982