Vince Tampio

Arranging, Composition, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Trumpet

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“Basically he’s the go-to cross-genre horn-blowing utility man of the Philly scene” (John Vettese). Vince Tampio is a professional trumpeter, arranger, composer, and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Though firmly rooted in jazz, he is comfortable with a wide variety of genres including rock, soul, funk, folk, classical, and electronic.

Vince earned the Masters of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts; and earned the Bachelor of Science in Music degree concentrating in Jazz Studies and Theory & Composition from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. He studied trumpet through undergraduate and graduate school with Rebecca Coupe Franks, Dennis Wasko, and John Swana. Vince has also attended master classes held by Randy Brecker, Matt Gallagher, Michael Abene, Craig Morris, Steve Wilson, Claudio Roditi, Pat Martino, Malcolm McNab, Matthew Shipp, Scott Holbert, John Abercrombie, Jeff Curnow, and Alison Balsom.

Vince’s original music has been described as “a contemporary instance of fusion done right” (Matthew Aquilin, All About Jazz). His next album, The Nook, is a full length straight-ahead jazz album featuring John Swana. The music harks back to Miles Davis' first great quintet. The Nook was preceded by Sound Plan (2017), Live at PafA (2017), Syzygy (2014), and Syzygy: Remix (2014). Vince is currently self producing four more solo albums. One unreleased composition was recently featured in the Philadelphia Real Book Volume 1.

Vince has appeared as a side man on 40+ albums. He is the trumpeter and arranger with York Street Hustle, the John Byrne Band, and You Do You. Vince founded the Philly Phatness horn section, which has recorded with regional, national, and international artists, and on film soundtracks. He also serves as Musical Director and bassist with Phloyd: a Philadelphia Pink Floyd tribute band. "His horn croons and wahs with touches of funk or blues, bridging the futuristic digital age with a snazzy sense of classic cool" (Geno Thackara All About Jazz).

In 2006, Vince got his start teaching trumpet master classes at Silver Creek Central School. He soon took on private students teaching trumpet, guitar, electric bass, improvisation, arrangement and composition. While earning his Master of Music at the University of the Arts, he served as the trumpet department intern. His taught private trumpet lessons, prepared transcriptions for class materials and live performances, and proctored exams. At UArts, Vince was also a Teaching Assistant for the Freshman Jazz Improvisation class. He conducted sectionals, administered exams, and critiqued improvisation. Vince served as electric bass guitar instructor with Rock to the Future. Recently, Vince held a jazz improvisation masterclass at Schenectady County Community College. He currently teaches beginner trumpet with Play On, Philly!

Each student approaches music differently; Vince tailors his teaching to fit students' approaches. He asks each student, "What do you want to accomplish?" Together, they set short and long term goals. Vince believes a strong technical foundation leads to freer ease of artistic expression. His students receive a wholistic approach to music applicable to whatever instrument they choose.

Recommended texts include:

Tradition of Excellence Book 1 - Trumpet/Cornet by Bruce Pearson & Ryan Nowlin

Tradition of Excellence Book 2 - Trumpet/Cornet by Bruce Pearson & Ryan Nowlin

Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet by Jean B. Arban

Warm-Ups + Studies by James Stamp

Daily Drills and Technical Studies for Trumpet by Max Schlossberg

Technical Studies for the Cornet by H.L. Clarke

Chromatic Cell Permutations for Trumpet by Vince Tampio

The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

Jazz Arranging & Composing: A Linear Approach by Bill Dobbins

Jazz Composer's Companion by Bil Goldstein

The Big Book of Jazz Guitar Improvisation by Mark Dziuba

Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns by Yusef A. Lateef

The Study of Orchestration by Samuel Adler

Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka & Dorothy Payne

The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux

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