"Al Cass for Arthur Tancredi"
IS INSCRIBED ON THE MOUTHPIECE! This is RAW BRASS! BEFORE AL CASS figured out how to plate! This is one of the earliest Al Cass pieces I have ever seen! I'm showing the page in Al Cass' secret notebook that "explains" this piece,
"2-28 Art Custom model"
when a new piece was made, Al Cass requested older models be returned.
ART TANCREDI The former ballad lead player for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra...In the Tancredi Family Julio and Carmine were trumpetist too...
Carmine TANCREDI was on the Tommy Reynolds Bands from time to time. He would trade with his brother, Art, they would take turns with Tommy, to get to come home and take a break.
TANCREDI, JULIO, 89, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2006 in Providence. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late John and Lucia (Favacci) Tancredi.
Julio was a prominent trumpet player and teacher in the New England area. In the 1930's and 1940's he played with the big bands in New York. He played first trumpet on the now famous recording of Kate Smith singing 'God Bless America.' Julio returned to Providence and played first trumpet with the RI Philharmonic for 17 years. After leaving the symphony, he taught at LaSalle Academy and conducted the LaSalle Band for 15 years.
During his professional career he played for 24 years at the Warwick Musical Theater. Mr. Tancredi continued teaching trumpet privately until shortly before his death.
Julio edit a Trumpet Methode "Unique Book for Advanced Trumpet Student".
Dennis Disano (Trumpet player) speak about Art :
"Art Tancredi was my trumpet teacher. I began taking lessons from him in Warwick, RI at the age of 10 in 1959. I studied with him until I went to college in 1966. He was without a doubt the greatest influence on my musical career. I am not sure if you are aware of this, but Arthur still has one living brother, Carmino Tancredi. Camino was also a fine trumpet player along with Art's oldest brother, Julio."
do you have seen art play an Al cass mouthpiece ?
"Art always played an Al Cass mouthpiece when I was studying with him and to the best of my knowledge continued to do so throughout his career."
do you remember if he was playing a serie 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 ....?
"I'm not sure which series it was...I do know that the mouthpieces were relatively new at the time."
do you have played al cass one time?
"I did play an Al Cass mouthpiece for a time but later changed to a Bach and now I play a DiOrio mouthpiece made by Louis DiOrio of Providence, RI.
Arthur was a great player and deserves all the recognition you can give to him."