Sammy Nestico

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Sammy Nestico


Sammy Nestico (6 February 1924, Pittsburgh, Penn. – 17 January 2021, Sherman Oaks, Calif.) was an American composer and arranger.

Mr. Nestico received a bachelor’s degree on music education from Duquesne University in 1950.

One of the most prolific composers and arrangers of big band music, Sammy Nestico’s name is synonymous with the Count Basie Orchestra in the school band setting. Nestico also made significant musical contributions to both the Boston Pops and several movie and television studios during his long career in the film industry as a composer/arranger. His scores for popular shows such as M*A*S*H, The Love Boat, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show are widely recognized around the world.

With over 600 works to his credit, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award and honorary doctorate from Duquesne University.

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