vincent derosa

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".


Vince DeRosa
LA Studios

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

selected discography

  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
4 frank zappa: lumpy gravy
   (1967, lp, usa, verve)

  chuck mangione: bellavia 1975
  sammy nestico: dark orchid 1982


-- info:
Charles Ulich
Geoff Wills



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