|AL CASS BIO|
Al Cass (born Alfred Stephen Cascianelli on septembre 7 1923- died 23 august 1989) is an inventor, Performer, trumpeter, manufacturer and consultant to other brass musicians.
Youngest of 9 children of Italian immigrants who came to America and settled in Milford, Massachusetts at the turn of the 20th century. Later the name was changed to "Cassinelli" by an older sibling. A fad of the day to enable other immigrants to spell and pronounce the name more easily. Though both parents did not agree to the name change thus kept their original last name. He asked his mother for a horn at age 12 after hearing Harry James on the radio.
President 4 years class of 1941 Milford High School. Had own orchestra by age 14 performing at Proms/weddings and area clubs notably the Crystal Room a club frequented by many touring legends of the day whom he met and was inspired by.
Entered into World War 2 after attack of Pearl Harbor as a machine gunner. Having taken his trumpet with him was seen playing & immediately transferred into Special Services touring the European theater performing for troops who were awaiting the arrival of Hollywood's Andrews Sisters, Bob Hope & Mickey Rooney among others. Left service as Private 1st class.
After the War reformed "Al Cass Orchestra", toured the East Coast befriending fellow band leaders the likes of Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton. Some whom he first met earlier at the Crystal room before WW2. Following an important gig in which members of his orchestra failed to show up at the gig, ended his tour as a band leader and returned home to care for his ailing father Stephano Cascianell (d.1952) (stone cutter at one of Milford's famous Pink Granite quarries.
LONG LOST 45 RPM record of AL CASS Adventures!
This is when my father went down to NYC back in the 1950's to record a couple cuts!
Al Cass - trumpet & vocal
Side 1. Autumn Leaves
It was at this time he built a workshop in the 2 car garage next to his family home, opened his high school physics book and began work on his long time idea for a mouthpiece that would enable brass musicians to play more than just their declared instrument of choice using the same embouchure. After several years of research & development, Invented "doubling" mouthpieces for brass musicians. Patent # 2,917,964
Mouthpiece consultant, manufacture of brass mouthpieces for trumpeteer Jazz musician, creator of bebop John Birks Dizzy Gillespie and many other legends from the Big Band era and beyond.
Manufacture/Creator of Al Cass "FAST" valve/slide/key oil combination for Brass instruments
1980 his mother Josephine, passed away at 99 years of age, and was told by his own physicians he had just 5% of his liver with just months to live, purchased a home away from his business & older surviving siblings, and taught his son Stephen. (b.1968) the business. By 1981 stopped making mouthpieces and left his son Stephen in control of oil production, stopped going to his "factory" on a regular basis to spend more time with his youngest son Joseph(b.1977). A 3rd son was born Alfred the 2nd(b.1982). Fearing the end was near, spent most of his time designing his 2 youngest sons a backyard in the tradition of Walt Disney.
For several years, up until his death, was working on a portable water saving irrigation system for crop production in drought ridden areas of the world.