John Palatucci | Euphonium

John Palatucci

One of the New York metropolitan area’s most recognized professional musicians since 1978, John J. Palatucci made his NYC solo debut in 1983 with the Mark Heter Brass Band. From 1986-2005 he served as principal euphonium, conductor, and business manager of the famous Goldman Memorial Band of NYC, making his Lincoln Center solo debut with this venerable ensemble in 1986. Since its founding in 1983, he has served as an associate conductor, a featured soloist and the principal euphonium of the Ridgewood Concert Band, now the NJ Wind Symphony. He has been music director of the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus of Ridgewood, NJ since 1990.

Mr. Palatucci has conducted as well as performed and recorded on euphonium and trombone with musical luminaries ranging from Placido Domingo, Robert Merrill and Marni Nixon, in concert and recital with members of the NY Philharmonic, NYCity Opera, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras to Dave Brubeck to Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. He made his NYC professional conducting debut in 1994 with the New American Concert Band. Since 2005, he has soloed and guest conducted at the Lincoln Center Library (2005), Carnegie Recital Hall (2013), David Geffen Hall (2015), Caramoor Festival (2016), and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (2019).

Solo works for euphonium and band dedicated to Mr. Palatucci include Patrick Burns’ “Vignettes,” Johan de Meij’s arrangement for two euphoniums and wind orchestra of “Dio che nell’alma infondere” from Verdi’s Don Carlo, the late Richard Lane’s “Rondeau for Euphonium and Band” and Mark Heter’s settings of Robert Schumann’s “Traumerie,” Luigi Arditi’s “Il Bacio,” and Teresa Del Riego’s “Oh, dry those tears.” The Carl Fischer edition of Edwin Franko Goldman’s famous “On the Mall” march edited by Ed Lisk and Chris Wilhjelm includes Mr. Palatucci’s trio obbligato and he performed the NY/NJ premiere of Bruce Broughton’s “Tent Meeting Revival with Hallelujah Wind-Up.”