At age 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He obtained their B.S. level in songs training from Duquesne University, and contains thrice been honored by the school with an honorary physician of Music degree, the Distinguished Alumni award, as well as in 1994, he was inducted into the 'Century Club.' North Texas State in addition offered him with special music honors in 1978, 1979 and 1980. In 2005 he obtained an honorary doctor of music level from Virignia's Shenandoah University.
As an educator, he's got directed the music programs at Westinghouse Memorial senior school, Wilmerding Pa., Pierce university, Los Angeles, Ca. additionally the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Sammy joined up with the usa Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. as staff arranger, and subsequently became the first choice associated with famous Airmen of Note. After their 15 year tenure aided by the Air energy, he enlisted because of the US Marine Band in Washington, portion as chief arranger and manager of the White House orchestra which performed for crucial judicial and congressional personal functions through the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
Into the many years between 1970 and 1984, Sammy was the composer/arranger for Count Basie orchestra. He directed the recording of ten albums of original music, four that won Grammy prizes. Throughout the exact same period he had been additionally involved by Capitol Records as arranger/orchestrator, co-writing roughly the same as 63 albums for the company.
Sammy has collaborated with Steve Allen, Stan Freberg, Bobby Troupe and Johnny Mercer in songwriting field, and then he has actually orchestrated for such major movie studios as twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers, MGM and Columbia. He has also arranged and/or carried out albums for recording music artists Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Toni Tennille, Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Pia Zadora, Paul Anka, Pat Boone, Ronnie Milsap, Daniel Rodriguez among others.
Their television credits are wide ranging. As arranger, Sammy has written for deals by Julie Andrews, George Burns, Gene Kelly, Merv Griffin, Mary Tyler Moore, Goldie Hawn, The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, Perry Como, Toni Tennille, Liza Minelli, Bob Hope and many more. As Orchestrator he has got labored on Mission hard, The Tony Randall Show, infirmary, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, Gomer Pyle, The Streets of San Fransisco, Mannix, Mayberry RFD, MOD Squad, The Bionic Woman, Cannon, crisis, Columbo, Charlie’s Angels, The Lou Grant Show, M.A.S.H. and fifty other individuals. Sammy has also written commercials for Anheuser Busch, Zenith, the Ford Motor business, Mattel Toys, Pittsburgh Paints, the National Guard, Dodge, Remington Bank Americard and more. The United States Air energy Band, Washington, D.C. sponsors a yearly award program entitled The Sammy Nestico Arranging Award.
He has got already been honored by ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers) and BBAA (Big Band Academy of The united states) plus in 1998-1999 was a teacher within University of Georgia, training commercial orchestration and carrying out the Studio Orchestra.
He's the author of textbook the entire Arranger, posted in 1993, currently sold throughout the world in four languages. His plans are played by leading symphonies, and taped because of the Boston Pops and Andre Kostelanetz Orchestras; but he's many happy with the nearly 600 figures posted into the knowledge field and played within the schools of America.