Vince Tampio

Vince T.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The trumpet is one of the most demanding yet rewarding instruments. As a dominant voice in classical and jazz; the trumpet can be a section or solo instrument.

As his primary instrument, Vince began playing trumpet in 1998. He took lessons provided by his elementary school. Vince advanced rapidly, quickly winning principle chair in school ensembles and later with select county and state wide bands. He participated in many solo competitions performing classical and jazz trumpet throughout middle and high school.

In 2003, Vince began studying classical trumpet privately with Mark Klose then later with John Maguda. Vince studied many of the classic methods including Arban's Complete Conservatory Method, Schlossberg's Daily Drills and Technical Studies, Clarke's Technical Studies, and Stamp's Warm-Ups & Studies. Vince also studied solo repertoire by Hindemith, Haydn, and Kennan among others.

While cultivating the classical foundation, Vince focused on jazz trumpet by listening, transcribing, and studying many of the jazz trumpet greats including Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Maynard Ferguson. Vince studied jazz trumpet through undergraduate and graduate school with Rebecca Coupe Franks, Dennis Wasko, and John Swana. Vince has also attended master classes held by Matt Gallagher, Craig Morris, Claudio Roditi, Malcolm McNab, Scott Holbert, Bijon Watson, Jeffrey Curnow, and Alison Balsom.

Vince is a strong improviser, which lends well to the rock scene. He is a frequent performer with cover and original bands. In the recording studio, Vince often lends his horns to a wide variety of genres including pop, indie, surf-rock, ambient, and soul.

Vince is an all around trumpet player and soloist; he also plays other brass instruments including flugelhorn, cornet, slide trumpet, and mellophone.
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Vince delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14 to 86

Teaching since:
April 2006

“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 multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, PA. Although firmly rooted in jazz, he is comfortable with a wide variety of genres including rock, soul, funk, folk, classical, and electronic.

Vince’s most recent solo album Live at PafA (2017) “is a contemporary instance of fusion done right,” and whose “nontraditional instrumentation maintains a spacious environment that proves ideal for a set brimming with imaginative, drawn-out improvisation” (Matthew Aquiline). This project was recorded as part of HotHouse at PafA After Dark: a concert series of the Philadelphia Jazz Project. Live at PafA was preceded by 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 more than 25 albums. He is the trumpeter and arranger with the York Street Hustle, the John Byrne Band, the Cat’s Pajamas, and You Do You. He is a founding member of the Philly Phatness horn section, which has recorded with regional, national, and international artists, and on film soundtracks. Vince also writes and arranges for the Uptown String Band, a member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association.

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 Matt Gallagher, Craig Morris, Claudio Roditi, Malcolm McNab, Scott Holbert, Jeffrey Curnow, and Alison Balsom.

Vince first began teaching music in 2006 as the trumpet instructor at Silver Creek Central School. He directed trumpet master classes for high school students. Vince later took on various private students teaching trumpet, guitar, electric bass, improvisation, and arrangement and composition. While earning his Master of Music at the University of the Arts, he served as the trumpet department intern and was responsible for teaching private trumpet lessons, preparing transcriptions for class materials and live performances, and proctoring music theory exams.

Also at UArts, Vince was a teaching assistant for the Freshman Jazz Improvisation class for which he conducted sectionals, administered exams, and offered critiques regarding inventiveness of improvisations. He currently teaches a number of electric bass students at Philadelphia's Rock to the Future. Vince privately teaches trumpet, electric bass guitar, ear training, music theory, improvisation, arrangement, and composition to students of all ages and levels.

Since each student approaches music differently; I tailor my teaching to fit their approach. I ask each student, "What are you aiming to accomplish?" Together, we set short and long term goals. I believe a strong technical foundation leads to freer ease of artistic expression. My students receive a holistic approach to music applicable to whatever instrument of their choice. 

Fast becoming a sought after trumpeter and arranger, Vince continually pursues work performing, arranging, composing, teaching and recording original music.


"Vince Tampio proves himself a very creative composer. I look forward to hearing more from this upcoming composer & instrumentalist." (Fred "Rock Steady Freddie" Reiter)

"Vince plays his horn with creative passion and soul, his tone is very open and full these two combined make him one of the leading up and coming young jazz trumpet players of today." (Rebecca Coupe Franks)

"I've had the great pleasure of working with Vince as an arranger and writer. His music explores many styles and directions, and is always well crafted. He has an original and distinctive voice as a player, an arranger, and a writer. Such dedicated talent deserves to be heard, and I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot from Vince in the future." (Vinnie Martucci)

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Executive Producer
Aug 2012 - Present
S.A.V. Studios

 Supervise audio production including engineering, editing, and mixing
 Contract, coordinate, and direct: musicians and engineers
 Oversee copyright, licensing, and distribution procedures

May 2012 - Present
The York Street Hustle, LLC

The York Street Hustle is a Philadelphia-based 10-piece 60's soul ensemble. The repertoire spans over a decade of music including Detroit, Memphis and Chicago soul. The York Street Hustle has gone from filling tiny South Street bars to capacity to selling out World Cafe Live for their first-ever Holiday Spectacular. This is not your typical Motown "wedding band." With grit, sweat, and attention to detail, The York Street Hustle is the Northeast's premier soul tribute ensemble.

Vince serves as horn arranger and plays trumpet.

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Bass Instructor
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015
Rock to the Future

 Teach bass guitar at beginner, intermediate, & advanced levels
 Teach rock styles to middle & high school aged students
 Substitute teach guitar instruction
 Perform maintenance on bass guitars

Audio Engineer/Producer
Jun 2012 - Aug 2014
The Media & Marketing Group

 Oversaw mass media audio production
 Worked closely with creative team to develop branding
 Proofread scripts, creative direction
 Contracted, scheduled, and directed Voice Over (VO) talent recording sessions
 Operated recording studio hardware & software
 Accepted, reviewed, and submitted VO invoices
 Edited, mixed, and mastered: VO audio, music, and sound effects
 Selected and edited music
 Maintained audio archive

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Pit Orchestra Musician
Apr 2014 - May 2014
AIM Academy

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band.

Vince played trumpet and train whistle for a high school production.

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Sep 2010 - Apr 2013
The Flat Nines

 Scheduled rehearsals and recording sessions
 Hire, coordinate, and direct: musicians and engineers
 Maintained social media and web presence

Teaching Assistant
Jan 2012 - May 2012
The University of the Arts

 Observed Freshman Jazz Improvisation classes
 Conducted sectionals & exams
 Offered critiques regarding inventiveness of improvisations

Trumpet Department Assistant
Aug 2011 - May 2012
The University of the Arts

 Observed Freshman Music Theory classes; proctored exams
 Prepared transcriptions for class materials and live performances
 Taught private trumpet lessons

Music Producer & Marketing Coordinator
Sep 2009 - Dec 2011

 Supervised all phases of the full-length Jazz Fusion album Night Trip
 Collaborated on musical material
 Maintained social media and web presence; print media

Pit Orchestra Musician
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
Park Playhouse

The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. The story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.

Vince played trumpet for a community production.

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Pit Orchestra Musician
Feb 2011 - May 2011
The State University of New York at New Paltz

The Who's Tommy is a rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's 1969 double album rock opera Tommy.

Vince played trumpet, flugelhorn, mellophone, harmonica, auxiliary percussion, and sang back up vocals for a college production.

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Feb 2010 - May 2011
The Post Modern Jazz Trio

 Scheduled rehearsals, recording sessions, and live performances
 Negotiated with concert venues
 Maintained social media and web presence; print media

Lab Monitor
Aug 2009 - May 2011
The State University of New York at New Paltz

 Supervised the Music/MIDI Computer Lab
 Provided technical support for software and hardware
 Managed audio equipment inventory

Orchestra Assistant
Aug 2007 - May 2011
The State University of New York at New Paltz

 Organized & cataloged the orchestra library
 Distributed & collected parts for performances

Trumpet Instructor
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
Silver Creek Central School

 Directed trumpet master classes for High School students
 Conducted the Concert Band rehearsals in director’s absence

Pit Orchestra Musician
Jan 2007 - Apr 2007
Silver Creek Central

Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle.

Vince played trumpet and flugelhorn for a high school production.

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Pit Orchestra Musician
Mar 2005 - Apr 2005
Silver Creek Central

Once on This Island is a musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. It is set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. The story concerns a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.

Vince played trumpet and guitar for a high school production.

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The Course in Recording Engineering and Music Production
Feb 2014 - Oct 2014
The Audio Institute of America
Masters of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2012
The University of the Arts
Bachelor of Science
Aug 2007 - May 2011
The State University of New York at New Paltz


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra Member
Nov 2011
Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra
Graduate Grant
Mar 2011
The University of the Arts
New Paltz Alumni Association Scholarship
May 2010
The State University of New York at New Paltz
Ruth Mack Havens Memorial Scholarship
May 2010
The State University of New York at New Paltz
Marion Harding Scholarship
May 2010
The State University of New York at New Paltz
Jazz Society Vice President
Aug 2009
The State University of New York at New Paltz
New York State Regents Scholarship
Oct 2006
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
National Honor Society Membership
Oct 2006
National Honor Society


Broadcast Music Inc.
Dec 2011

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

"Afternoon" from Sound Plan, an album that incorporates Psychedelic Rock and EDM while juxtaposing acoustic tones with synthesized breadth.
“A duo tribute to Frank Sinatra” by Ben Basile & Vince Tampio performs a repertoire of Jazz standards made famous by Frank Sinatra.
Live at Time - Fall 2014
(Photo by Alvin Clay)
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17 Reviews

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Melanie Nov 9, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Great. Really patient

Yifei Oct 12, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Ghia Aug 16, 2018
Trumpet · Online

I like how this instructor really helped you practice at a pace you were comfortable at. He was very helpful in teaching me how to play higher and lower notes as well as playing songs that I liked.

Stefan D. Nov 16, 2017
Trumpet · In studio

Vince was very personable, and knowledgeable. He offered many ideas, and techniques needed for a beginner. Vince explained everything in great detail, and is willing to go the extra mile to help. Overall a good experience.

Dan D. Dec 29, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Vince got me back on track for a few months after not playing trumpet for years! Hopefully will work with him again in the future!

George A. May 1, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Great to work with n learn from!

Benayah B. Apr 28, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Vince is great. Very calm and helps with building up all your necessary qualities for success. I strongly recommend him for any person looking to learn music

Leslie S. Aug 14, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Vince is very patient, professional and encouraging. He makes you excited for your next lesson.

John Lavin L. Jun 22, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Vince is an extremely resourceful teacher as well as an extremely accomplished musician. His clear commitment is to being encouraging and helpful. His ability to focus upon the student's specific needs and to address those needs make him an excellent teacher.

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Steve S. Mar 11, 2015
Trumpet · In home

Vince is a great, experienced trumpet player. He knows the ins-and-outs of the instrument, its role across multiple genres, and how to help me reach my goals. He always has helpful hints and tricks that are useful in making me a better player. Great composer and arranger, too!

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Joe H. Feb 6, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

Vince has enlightened me to many new pathways when approaching music composition. Many concepts he has shown me have translated right into new tunes! Highly Recommend!

Ben B. Jan 26, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · Online

Excellent teacher! Actively listens to my questions, and provides in depth answers. Vince is an all around excellent musician and educator.

Max B. Jan 23, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Knows his stuff, easy going and fun to work with.

Dan D. Jan 22, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Vince is getting me back in playing shape and doing an excellent job of it.

Justin M. K. Jun 22, 2014
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

Vince is a wonderful teacher and a fantastic performer. He introduced me to a handful of rather advanced music theories when I was still a pre-intermediate music student and was able to communicate the ideas clearly and precisely. We don't play the same instruments--I'm a guitarist, he's a trumpeter--but it didn't matter since Vince uses clear language and live examples to demonstrate what he teaches. I learned a lot from him and would highly recommend lessons with him, especially one-on-one style lessons.

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Kathy K. Jun 16, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Vince really knows his stuff! I play acoustic guitar. I guess I would classify myself as an intermediate player. What I really like about Vince is the variety of instruments he can teach. I have had the chance to also learn about playing electric guitar and electric bass.

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Joseph L. Jun 9, 2014
Pro Tools Software · In home

Vince is a very gifted multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer. He is an excellent trumpet player, bassist, backing vocalist and pro-tools engineer. His ear for arrangement is spot-on. Other defining attributes are his patience and willingness to teach. Vince will never look at the clock or feel like he is doing you a favor when he is teaching you something challenging. That, to me, is as important as technical prowess. Hire Vince as your teacher and you'll have no regrets!

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