Vinny Nobile of The Trummytones… Who is he?

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Vinny Nobile started playing trombone at age eight.

He could barely reach 5th position and had to use his foot to empty my water key (other wise known as the spit valve). One of his first trombone teachers encouraged Vinny to audition for the Juilliard School of Music Pre College Division to get his classical chops down. With a little bit of practice Vinny got in!

Next Vinny went to the New England Conservatory, in Boston for a bachelor degree in jazz performance where he was taught by some incredible professors; including Fred Moe Snyder (Everywhere), Norman Bolter (Boston Symphony), Don Harwood (New York Philharmonic), Vince Penzerella ( New York Philharmonic), Phil Wilson (Buddy Rich) Gary Valente(Carla Bley), and the world famous chop guru, Carmine Caruso.

After graduating the New England Conservatory, Vinny joined a Haitian Band called Volo Volo. The genre of music was called Kompa and it sounded like Reggae mixed with Calypso. They toured all over Europe and Canada for four years.

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Vinny Nobile in the early 90s with Bim Skala Bim

Then the Ska band Bim Skala Bim, called and asked Vinny to audition. He wasn’t sure what Ska was at the time but took the audition and 10 years later they put out 7 CDs and played 1500 shows.

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Vinny Nobile with the Pilfers in the late 90s

In 1996 Vinny returned to his native New York City where he co-founded the band Pilfers. Along with frontman Coolie Ranx, the Pilfers extensively toured the US, Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe. They signed a recording contract with Universal Records and released the CD Chawawalang which produced a number one single on college radio with the song “Agua”.

Vinny has also played and recorded with, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Suicide Machines, Less Than Jake, Toasters and Pietasters. And now he has created an incredible band just for you and your family to enjoy, The Trummytones! See you on Sunday, March 9th at Shapeshifter Lab 11am.


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