TBJ114: John Abbracciamento
TBJ114: Trumpeter John Abbracciamento on dealing with pain, overcoming doubt and his 27 years in "The President's Own" Marine Band. He joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 1992, prior to which he was a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
From John's Marine Band bio:
Trumpeter/cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant John Abbracciamento joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 1992. Master Gunnery Sgt. Abbracciamento began his musical instruction at age 8. After graduating from Valley Stream South High School in 1978, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He completed his bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1983 and also earned a master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York in 1985. He studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and John Ware and Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Abbracciamento was a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:
John retiring from "The President's Own" United States Marine Band after 27 years
Be prepared and know that the system is in place to support you
The importance of realizing that you are joining a section
The diversity of demands in The Marine Band
Us math am smart like
What John will miss most
Why he decided to retire now
Change is hard
Going back to school to becomes a physical therapist
The impact of standing at attention for long periods of time
Helping musicians deal with pain
John's retirement remarks
Studying with Armando Ghitalla
Distinctive players and styles
What happens at a Marine Band retirement ceremony
The Italian Store chicken parmesan on a hard roll
Baseball rule changes
Freelancing, listening and adapting to a variety of situations
Learning to blend
Rich Kelley Central Park story
Putting other players at ease within a section
Trial and error and the importance of experience as a teacher
Playing the appropriate musical role
Andrew and the silk shirt
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