Portrait of a Trumpet

From Wind Repertory Project
Sammy Nestico

Sammy Nestico

Subtitle: Trumpet Solo with Band

General Info

Year: 1965
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: V (solo); IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kendor
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

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Condensed Score
Solo Trumpet
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Portrait of a Trumpet is a characteristic example of Nestico’s compositional skill: full exploitation of the colors and nuances of the full band, while accentuating the sound of the solo trumpet. Full command of legato style is demanded of the ensemble, while expressive musicianship and a flair for playing in a jazz style are placed in the hands of the soloist.

- Program note by Rich Paluch for the Wheaton Municipal Band

Sammy Nestico composed Portrait of a Trumpet, a solo trumpet work dedicated to the memory of Conrad Gozzo (New Britain, Conn. 1922 - Burbank, Calif., 1964), an Italian-American trumpet player who was the lead trumpet in several important jazz orchestras such as Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Henry Mancini.

- Program Note from Banda Santa Cecilia Besana e Triuggio concert program, 21 December 2018



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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 221. Print.
  • Nestico, S. (1965). Portrait of a Trumpet: Trumpet Solo with Band [score]. Kendor Music: Delevan, N.Y.