Composer and arranger Rob Vuono, Jr. is currently the advanced courses arranging instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. 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, eventually securing the job of chief arranger for the U.S. Naval Academy Band in 1994. Rob writes for a wide variety of ensembles (jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, orchestra, choral groups, and chamber groups) and performers (the rock group Phish, the swing band Big Time Operator, and The Bluebonnet Brass). An accomplished trumpet and piano instrumentalist, Rob is currently active as a writer, performer, and bandleader, releasing recordings of arrangements by his own big band.