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Pat Sarracco – trumpet

Pat Sarracco has enjoyed a 35+ year career as a trumpet performer and educator. 

He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from Indiana University, and a Master of Music Performance Degree from Northwestern University.  His teachers include some of the greats of 20th century orchestral and chamber music. Vincent Cichowicz and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, Bernard Adelstein of the Cleveland Orchestra, Edmund Cord of the Utah Symphony, and Allan Dean and Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. 

In 1997 Sarracco won a position in the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland, which he held until his retirement in 2020. While a member of the USNA Band he performed as a soloist and section trumpet player in a variety of ensembles, including the Concert Band, Big Band, Ceremonial Band, Brass Quintet, Brass Ensemble, and various other chamber music groups, and appeared on NBC, TBS, and FOX. In addition, Sarracco performed Taps at over 3500 military funerals and memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Naval Academy, the National Mall, the USS New Jersey, and many other locations. Notable were the funerals for Senator John McCain, plus numerous Admirals, Medal of Honor Recipients, and active duty and retired service members. 

Prior to his Naval service, Sarracco held the position of Principal Trumpet in the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal and the UNAM Orchestra in Mexico City, Mexico, as well as the Bellevue Philharmonic in Bellevue, Washington. He has also performed as a substitute musician with the Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, and many other orchestras nationally. 

As an educator Sarracco has always maintained a private studio. Many of his past private students went on to place in top positions in regional and all-state bands and orchestras. He has also acted as an adjudicator for all-state and honors ensembles. As a Navy musician he presented numerous master classes and educational concerts. 

He lives in Brownfield, Maine with his wife, Rachel, also a retired Navy Musician.