The following is a partial list of former students who studied with Vacchiano and the positions they hold or held.
New York Philharmonic Morris Boltuch – former third/assistant principal trumpet Carmine Fornarotto – former second trumpet Philip Smith – former principal James Smith – former fourth trumpet John Ware – former co-principal
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Joseph Alessi, Sr. – former second trumpet Melvin Broiles – former principal Frank Hosticka – associate musician David Krauss – current principal James Pandolfi – former third trumpet
Honors/Awards/Accomplishments • Honorary Doctorate from The Juilliard School (2003) • In order to show his students how important it was to have advanced degrees, he went back to school to finish his bachelor’s degree (1952) and earned a master’s degree (1953) in trumpet, both from the Manhattan School of Music • International Trumpet Guild – Highest Award of Merit – June 1984 • New York Brass Conference for Scholarships Recognition – January 1978 • Given Faculty Emeritus status at The Juilliard School (1998) • Only trumpet player ever to win an audition for Met and NYP in the same day (1934) • At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was the longest continuous principal trumpet player in America (31 years) • 73 years as a member of the Local 802 Music Union (1932–2005) • 67 years on the faculty at The Juilliard School (1935–2002) • 62 years on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music (1937–1999) • 46 years on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music (1937–1983) • Première recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5—Bruno Walter conducting the New York Philharmonic • Recorded Stravinsky’s Petrouchka twice in one day; in the morning with NYP and Mitropoulos and in the evening with a free-lance group with Stokowski • Recorded Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5 and Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings in the same day with Bernstein • Co-inventor of the Alessi-Vacchiano straight mute • From 1973 until 2014, every principal or co-principal was a Vacchiano student (John Ware, Gerard Schwarz, Louis Ranger, Philip Smith)