Composer and arranger Rob Vuono, Jr. is currently staff composer/arranger for the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. Rob received his formal training at both the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music, studying classical composition and orchestration with Dr. Leo Edwards, Giampaolo Bracali, and David Loeb. Additionally, Rob studied arranging with Johnny Carisi, Jo Boyer, and Gil Evans. Rob has freelanced as a writer and performer in the New York area, and has been active as a jazz studies instructor for the International Art of Jazz program and director of the Stony Brook Jazz Ensemble at SUNY, Stony Brook, New York.
In 1986, Rob was hired as a writer and performer for the U.S. Navy Band, traveling throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for a two and a half year period before returning to the United States and securing positions as staff arranger for the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and arranging instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA. Rob writes for a wide variety of ensembles (wind and jazz ensemble, orchestra, choral, and chamber groups), and has written for a diverse group of performers that include the rock group Phish, Larry Gatlin, Ce Ce Winans, and the Bluebonnet Brass. An accomplished trumpet and piano instrumentalist, Rob is currently active as a writer, performer, and bandleader, releasing recordings of his work by his own big band.