AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Nestico in 2006
|Birth name||Samuel Louis Nistico|
|Born||February 6, 1924
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||January 17, 2021 (aged 96)|
|Associated acts||Count Basie|
Samuel Louis Nistico (February 6, 1924 – January 17, 2021), better known as Sammy Nestico, was an American composer and arranger. Nestico was best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra.
Nestico was born on February 6, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nestico joined his high school's beginner orchestra in 1937 as a trombonist. In 1939, he wrote his first arrangement. At age 17, Nestico joined the ABC radio station WCAE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a trombonist.
During his career, he arranged music for the Count Basie Orchestra (1967–1984), the U.S. Air Force Band (fifteen years) and the U.S. Marine Band (five years) both in Washington, D.C. In addition, he played trombone in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, and Charlie Barnet.
In 1998–1999 Nestico was a professor at the University of Georgia, teaching commercial orchestration and conducting the studio orchestra. He also directed music programs at Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California, Westinghouse Memorial High School, and Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.
During his long career in the television and film industry, he arranged and conducted projects for Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Toni Tennille, Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, and Count Basie. As orchestrator, he has worked on nearly seventy television programs, including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Charlie's Angels, and The Mod Squad.
He has published nearly 600 numbers for school groups and many for professional big bands. He has conducted and recorded his arrangements with several leading European Radio Jazz Orchestras, including the BBC Big Band in London, Germany's SWR Big Band and NDR Big Band and the DR Big Band.
Nestico received a Bachelor's degree in music education from Duquesne University in 1950, and he has received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from his alma mater. Nestico died on January 17, 2021 at the age of 96.
With Count Basie
With Frank Sinatra
With Sarah Vaughan
|Year||Award Recipient||Place of Residence|
|2016||Ike Kalapos||Deep River, CT|
|2014||William Longo II||Miramar, FL|
|2011||Scott Ninmer||Taylorville, IL|
|2010||Jeremy Levy||Hannibal, MO|
|2009||Sara Jacovino||Middlebury, CT|
|2008||Michael Dease||Augusta, GA|
|2007||Christopher Schmitz||Anchorage, AK|
|2006||Carl Murr||Dallas, TX|
|2005||David Cutler||Pittsburgh, PA|
|2004||Stephen Smith||Denton, TX|
|2003||Aaron Lington||Denton, TX|
|2002||Earl MacDonald||Mansfield Center, CT|
|2001||Curtis Stephan||Carrollton, TX|
|2000||Jeff Antoniuk||Annapolis, MD|
|1999||no award issued||-|
|1998||Joey Sellers||Brooklyn, NY|
|1997||Lyle Durland||Provo, UT|
|1996||William Straub||Syracuse, NY|
|1996||Charles Bayne||Dallas, TX|
sad news, but what a life and contribution to the beauty and learning of our culture. I remember playing his arrangements in Junior High and High School and the teachers telling us he was from Pgh and went to Duquesne.