Joseph Alessi Sr.
Jospeh Alessi Sr was born in 1915 in Brooklyn, NY. He began studying trumpet with his father, Joseph Alessi at the age of eleven. He received a scholarship to the Juilliard School where he studied with Max Schlossberg. After Schlossberg's death, Alessi continued his studies with William Vacchiano. Winning the Ossip Gabrilowitsch Memorial Scholarship gave him the opportunity to study for two years with Harry Glantz. Alessi received his orchestral training with Leon Barzin at the National Orchestral Association in New York City. He has performed with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, the New York City Symphony and Opera under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Goldman Band. He has a B.M. degree from the Manhattan School of Music and M.A. degree in performance from California State University at San Francisco. Mr. Alessi is the original designer of the Alessi/Vacchiano mute and the Jo-Ral series of mutes.