Sam Pilafian, Tuba

Sam Pilafian, tubist /arranger of the Boston Brass, is perhaps best known as a founding member of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet (1971-1993). He has also recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, and Pink Floyd among others. Sam has performed and recorded on major labels as a solo jazz artist with Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook,and his collaborative group with guitarist Frank Vignola, Traveling Light. His long career has earned him an Emmy® for Excellence in Instructional Video Production, the Walt Disney Award for Imagination and Innovation in Design, the Walter Naumberg Chamber Music Award, the Harvard Music Association Prize, the University of Miami’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Brevard Music Center Distinguished Alumni Award, the Robert Trotter Visiting Professorship at the University of Oregon and the annual Outstanding Teacher Award from Arizona State University. As an arranger, composer and recording producer, Sam has produced and written for Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), the Empire Brass, the Boston Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band, the Academy (of Drum Corp International),  and the United States Air Force Band. Sam is the coauthor, with Patrick Sheridan, of the best selling pedagogy texts and DVD’s “Breathing Gym” and “Brass Gym”. Professor Pilafian previously served for 44 years on the faculties of Boston University, the Tanglewood Institute, Berklee College of Music, Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and is Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University.