New York City trombonist Michael Boscarino is a native of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. He began his musical studies at age 7 on the piano. At age 11, he began playing the trombone as advised by his grandfather, Charles Lamendola and hasn’t looked back since. Michael holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. His trombone teachers include; Susan Van Arsdale, Michael Lamendola, Robert Matchett Jr., Robert Matchett III, Michael Crist, Paul McKee, and Steve Turre.
While attending Youngstown State University, Michael was active on the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Youngstown freelance scenes and gained invaluable performance experience. His performance credits in these areas include; The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Balcony Big Band, Sabor Latino, Azucar, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Also during his tenure at YSU, Michael spent time over a few summers in Southern California. He played lead trombone in the Disneyland All-American College Band in 2002 and he attended the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA on a full scholarship in 2003.
Michael moved to New York City in August 2004 to further his studies at Manhattan School of Music and simultaneously launch his career as a freelance artist. He now enjoys a diverse career, performing in a wide variety of musical settings. Boscarino is a member of the legendary horn-driven Jazz/Rock band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Max Weinberg Orchestra, Tedd Firth Big Band, Kyle Saulnier and the Awakening Orchestra, and The Rhythm Shop. He is a former member of the Birdland Big Band.
Michael is in the studio frequently for recording projects and jingle work. His trombone work can be heard on commercials for A Night With Janis Joplin, Degree Deodorant, The Breeders’ Cup 2012, Olive Garden, Comcast Xfinity NCAA Football, Charles Schwab, Wrigley’s Extra Dessert Delights Gum, Ragu, Sears, and Commit NiQuitin Minis. Boscarino has contributed to pre-recorded theme music used at the Tokyo Disney Resort® in Japan as well as cabaret show music for Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando ResortTM. Furthermore, Michael played on much of the pre-recorded music used on the NBC broadcast of the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2014) and his tuba and bass trombone work can be heard on theme music for WWE star, Bo Dallas. Elsewhere on television, Michael was the trombonist on the PBS Thirteen TV Special; Great Performances-Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do. He can also be heard on several albums as a sideman (please see Michael’s website, www.boscotrombone.com, for a complete discography).
In September 2013, Michael was appointed to his first full-time position on Broadway as trombonist in the musical, A Night with Janis Joplin. He was featured in segments done on the show by CBS News Sunday Morning, the Katie (Couric) Show, ABC World News, and The Wendy Williams Show. In March 2017, Michael was appointed to his second full-time position on Broadway as Trombone 1/Euphonium in The New American Musical, Bandstand. The cast of Bandstand performed on Good Morning America that summer and his trombone work could be heard in their backing track. Elsewhere on the Broadway scene, Boscarino subs in the pits of Book of Mormon and Wicked, and previously subbed in the pits of South Pacific, In The Heights, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Porgy & Bess, Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Newsies, Pippin, It Shoulda Been You, and Disaster! prior to their closings.
In New York, Michael has performed at such venues as; The Appel Room, Apollo Theater, Avery Fisher Hall, Beacon Theatre, Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Citi Field, Copacabana, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Iridium Jazz Club, The Jazz Gallery, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan Center, The Rainbow Room, and several Broadway theaters. He has also performed at major venues and festivals across the United States and abroad including; AT&T Park, AT&T Stadium, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, Bridgestone Arena, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Citizens Bank Park, Coors Field, Dodger Stadium, Epcot Theme Park, The Forum, Grand Ole Opry, Hard Rock Stadium, Nationals Park, PPG Paints Arena, Safeco Field, Smoothie King Center, TD Garden, United Center, Yoshi’s San Francisco, BluesFest London (England), Bodø Jazz Open (Norway), Detroit Jazz Festival, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series, Imatra Big Band Festival (Finland), Trondheim Jazzfest (Norway), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Northern Lights Festival (Norway), PASIC, Verona Jazz Festival (Italy), and the Zürich Jazznojazz Festival (Switzerland).
Throughout his musical career and studies, Michael has had the great fortune of performing with such renowned artists as; Eagles, Don Henley, Vince Gill, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Frankie Valli, Bruce Springsteen, Regis and Joy Philbin, Chita Rivera, Natalie Cole, Carole King, Aloe Blacc, Michael Feinstein, Lynn Roberts, Ann Hampton Calloway, Jane Monheit, Patti Austin, Freddy Cole, Freda Payne, Marilyn Maye, Christian McBride, Peter Erskine, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Newman, Bob Mintzer, James Moody, Gunther Schuller, Tom Kubis, Wayne Bergeron, Sal Lozano, Rick Baptist, Vince Mendoza, Dave Holland Quintet, Vinnie Colaiuta, Will Lee, Ray Gelato, Conrad Herwig, John Allred, Michel Legrand, Sonny Fortune, Jimmy Heath, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin, Dave Liebman, Candido Camero, and Buddy Morrow.
“I absolutely love my Edwards and it is by far the most versatile horn I have ever played. It has such great response in all the registers and at all dynamic levels, no matter the articulation. It does whatever I need it to do! Congratulations to the folks at Edwards for creating a masterpiece. I am proud to play one.”