Wolpe, Dave

Dave Volpi (known professionally as Dave Wolpe) was born in San Bernardino, CA on July 16, 1936. He attended John Muir High School and Junior College in Pasadena, CA before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1954. He served in Texas and France and was honorably discharged in 1958. After spending time in Washington, D.C., Dave joined the U.S. Army in 1959 serving in Fort Knox, KY, Stuttgart, Germany, Colorado Springs, CO and Fort Meade, MD. While Dave wrote his first musical arrangement in high school, it was his time in Stuttgart that he developed a passion for arranging. He was in the NORAD band, then the U.S. Army Field band where he was an arranger, trombone player, and later, the first and only enlisted leader of the U.S. Army Studio band - a traveling 17-piece jazz band working directly for the Army recruiting command at the Pentagon. He retired from the Army as a Sergeant Major in 1976.

Dave continued arranging, playing trombone and piano in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. In 1979, he moved to Los Angeles, and realized a childhood dream: he was hired as the lead tromboninst with Les Brown and The Band of Renown. In 1982, Dave moved to Orlando where he met his wife Kim (they were married for 39 years) and played trombone in the Disney World Band. He produced many arrangements for Disney World shows including many for Disney Paris.

Over his career, Dave arranged compositions for Columbia Records, Warner Brothers, Disney, and many others. He was the primary arranger of The Glenn Miller Orchestra’s holiday recordings In the Christmas Mood, In the Christmas Mood II and In the Nutcracker Mood, which to date have combined sales of over three million copies achieving Platinum and two Gold Record Awards. The music from these recordings has been used in numerous TV shows, commercials and movies including While You Were Sleeping, The Family Stone and Little Fockers.

Musicians from around the world are familiar with Dave’s arrangements. He left a legacy in the music industry, where many consider him as one of the greats in big band arranging. His arrangements will be played and appreciated for years to come. When he wasn’t writing, playing, composing, or visiting with fellow musicians, Dave enjoyed carpentry, drawing, vintage cars, watching classic movies, and traveling with his wife Kim. Dave Volpi passed away on October 24, 2022.

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DAVE WOLPE NINE VOCAL ARRANGEMENT SET

Arranged by Dave Wolpe

Nine Jazz Big Band Arrangements With Vocal

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IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD: GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA NINE ARRANGEMENT SET

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'ROUND MIDNIGHT

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'S WONDERFUL

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'S WONDERFUL

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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A FOGGY DAY

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ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND

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AND THE ANGELS SING

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ANGEL EYES

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AT LAST

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AULD LANG SYNE

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BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON (MEANS THAT YOU'RE GRAND)

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BELWIN JAZZ COMBO COLLECTION: COMPLETE SET

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Jazz Sextet Arrangements; Three Horns and Rhythm

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BERNIE'S TUNE

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BLUE MOON

WRITTEN BY RICHARD RODGERS AND LORENZ HART

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BODY AND SOUL

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BYE, BYE BLACKBIRD

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CHILDREN OF SANCHEZ

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