CMA Streams Artist

Mike Vaccaro

Professional musician, teacher, and businessman with more than 40 years of experience.

Artist Mike Vaccaro is an all round and experienced musician, Teacher, Contractor, Producer, manufacturer, and Entrepreneur.

"The musical highlight of my life"

"Caprice is a collection of virtuoso music composed mostly by our pianist Jack Reidling with some Scarlatti and Rorem included.
This was the first recording done by all the members of this group we called Trio Musique. We were all young and busy in the music business but had the energy to do almost anything.
We practiced for a year, three days a week, and 6 hours a day before the first recording and the subsequent concertizing we performed.

I can honestly say that this was the musical highlight of my life with the varied kinds of music I performed over a lifetime and all the recordings I have played on, including my own and for others. The repertoire on this CD is just a sample of the large repertoire we were to learn and perform.


About Mike

Mike Vaccaro, Musician, Teacher, Producer, Entrepreneur

Mike currently teaches clarinet, saxophone, and flute. Mike performed on the oboe throughout his 50 years of professional performance work, and let it go when he retired from full-time playing.

Mike has a deep knowledge of the classical literature on the three instruments he plays.

In addition to classical, he also teaches jazz and rock.

Established in Southern California, Mike Vaccaro Productions is guided by three basic principles: providing the highest quality products and services, attention to detail, and effective communication.

"Mike Vaccaro Productions was established in 1985 as a full-service music and entertainment company. We have changed along with the times, and now
specialize in music services that more represent our interests and expertise.

"My passion, being a multi-instrumentalist, is to learn more about my instruments, people, business, and life in general. Learning never stops for me. I even learn from my students. And I keep a journal of great thoughts that I come across in my travels in life. My various recordings are on my website, as well as electronic outlets.

They vary from classical music, including what I believe to be the most iconic version of the Stravinsky Octet, to jazz to pop music. 

I also enjoy making clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces in my garage shop, where I teach a couple of students a week."


About The West Coast Ensemble

The Left Coast Ensemble was formed in early 2023. It was the desire of its musicians to play Classical art music, while still maintaining their careers as symphony, opera, ballet, motion picture, and celebrity accompaniment musicians.
We trust you will love listening to this great repertoire as much as we enjoyed rehearsing and performing it. It is our hope to continue recording with different size ensembles to bring you literature that you may not have heard and that is tonally interesting.

Peggy Baldwin - Cello, Mike Vaccaro - Clarinet, Nick Venden - Piano, Julie Metz - Viola




Published Singles


Mike's Book "Music and Life"

"In this book, I offer my unique perspective on music and life. Music and Life brings you into the world of a woodwind musician, yet the words ring true for all musicians. It’s a world of passion where you practice your craft, not for fame and fortune, but because you can’t see yourself doing anything else."

“Vaccaro's soulful saxophone and Schroeder's mood-spinning piano create an atmosphere of elegance and serenity."

“Vaccaro shows his ability to double, performing on clarinet, saxophone and flute. If you were looking for a delightful jazz album to listen to this summer, I would highly recommend this one."

— Daniel Kepl | Performing Arts Review

“L.A.-based saxophonist Mike Vaccaro shines like fireworks on new CD."

— Jeremy Wohletz

"Thanks for the great work."

— Larry Klimas

“Woodwind master in the Hollywood film and television world for decades; creator of his own line of clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces; champion of the many composers he has met on Hollywood sound stages, Mike Vaccaro exudes the calm of his retirement years. Still, there’s a certain no-nonsense self discipline in his mantra, a casual insouciance that is neither indifferent nor condescending - focused."

— Daniel Kepl | Performing Arts Review

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