Composer & Arranger

updated June 18, 2019

Paul Gaspar has been a freelance composer, arranger, transcriber, and conductor since 1982.  His writing is found in virtually every major band in Rochester, NY. He is demanded for the incredible accuracy of his transcriptions, with or without his personal touch, across every major genre in and outside of classical & jazz. His compositions reflect his in-depth study and his immersion in the of culture of all of his music. His talents have been recognized by Eastman School of Music faculty James Thompson, Douglas Prosser, Dr. John Marcellus, plus the over 200 people who attended Paul's recent degree recital fro Eastman, where he composed and/or arranged virtually the entire repertoire, which included original works, plus works of JS Bach, Charpentier, Debussy and Halsey Stevens. His commercial writing achievements have been heard on TV and national circus tours.  Paul is frequently contracted to create "remakes" of pieces that maintain the essence of the music but add a fresh perspective.  Since November 2011 alone, Paul has revamped Chanukah music, Christmas hymns, composed, transcribed & arranged Gospel music, composed string parts for several heavy metal songs, arranged over a dozen big band pieces and as just as many salsa and merengue pieces.


Miller and The Other Sinners

Buffalo NY-based David Miller tours nationally as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. in 2019 Paul was contracted to compose horn arrangements for three songs to be recorded in August 2019. Paul will record trumpet parts.

Paul played trombone on the debut concert featuring these arrangements at the Tralf in Buffalo April 2019, and has been asked to write more for their horn section. 

New York State Ballet (see page)

Henry Prego, Recording Artist, and Henry Prego Sings Frank SinatraOrange County, CA, 2012 to date. 

Henry has performed tours across the US, Canada, the UK and beyond. 

Paul is the Big band arranger for 40 of his pieces and counting, and co-arranger ("scribe" more or less) for his solo album Wicked")

Big Barra Band, Napoli Italy 2014 to date 

Paul wrote the big band arrangements

ORPM, Lille France August 2015 to date

Arranger for the 40-piece regional wind symphony

Joe Scalissi, Dean Martin impersonator, Madison, WI, Feb 2013. Joe has performed tours across the US, Canada, Dubai, and beyond.

Paul is the composer & arranger for his Dean Martin Overture for Joe's big band

Circo Mundial: The National Hispanic Circus of Puerto Rico 1997-2000

Paul composed & arranged music: salsa, jazz, big band, funk, rock, classical, Guacho (South American) Soca, 

African, European & American style marches and more.

Circus America 1993-1996

as above

World (Soccer) Cup MVP Awards Ceremony, Buffalo NY ca 1994

Paul composed horn section music for band feature; composed "bumps" for award recipients


Tele-Once (TV-11), San Juan, PR, 1997-2000

Paul composed the 30 second music for TV commercial for Circo Mundial advertisement

ESPN Lighter Side of Sports with Lyell Alzato, Atlantic City, NJ ca 1991

Paul composed theme music, composed and/or arranged "bumps" to commercials.

WHEC TV10 switch over from CBS to NBC ca. 1990

Paul did the "My House is Your House" transcription/arrangement

Composer / Arranger in Residence

Temple Sinai, Rochester, NY 2008 to date

Transcribe, arrange & conduct Jewish service & folk music for Sinai Brass, their 14-piece brass choir.  

Pieces range for authentic traditional style & sound, to adding jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock, 16th Century Madrigal

His latest work for 3 shofars & choir will have its world premier September 2015

Fairport High School 1993 to date

Composer, arranger, transcribe for Fairport High Schools jazz ensembles.  

Big Band,Latin Jazz/salsa, Ray Charles, Booker T & the MGs, Fish, to name a few

Noteworthy Studios, Victor, NY 2007 to date

Resident composer/arranger for recording sessions.

Writing for clientele which includes Susan Krasner, Dave Spinner, Cinnamon Jones

Hochestein School of Music Arts in Action summer camp 2004-2007

Irish folk, Disney favorites, Western Themes, Fairy Tale Theme (boys hated that one)

Composer / Arranger for Upstate NY groups

Paul Gaspar Brass Sextet 2014 to date

Works of J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, G.F. Handel, Mussorgsky, etc 

Heavy Metal Brass Quintet 2011 to date

Sacred Christmas Music

Orquesta Antonetti/Antonetti Productions 1986 to date

transcribed over 300 songs: salsa, merengue, etc

Summer Salsa Camp 2007 - 2011

Jazz ensemble with salsa rhythm section

Composed original music, transcribed & arranged over 40 songs

Music of Tito Puente, Oscar Hernandez, Gran Combo, and traditional Puerto Rican & Cuban music prior to 1960

Kerry Cannan 2009 to 2012

Composed & arranged live string parts and horn  parts for 2 CDs:, Latin Rock, "Angst" Hard Rock 

Prime Time Funk, Shine, Orient Express, The Boss Street Band 1990 to 2014

Transcribe & arrange performance repertoire of commercial music / Top 40 / R&B, Funk, etc

Latin Spectrum Orchestra (salsa/Latin Jazz) 2002 to date

Composed & arranged all music

Paul Gaspar Orchestra 1990-1994

Composed; transcribed & arranged music of Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, jr., Nelson Riddle/Linda Rondstant


Annual Rochester Hall of Fame Ceremony, Eastman Theatre 2012 and 2013

2012 Arranged 2 original versions and transcribed 2 pieces for performance during the ceremony.

2013 Co-transcribed & adapted opening Gospel number

Martin Luther King Celebrations, Mt. Olivet Church and Eastman Theatre 2012

Featuring Gopsel local artists Paul Bouttee and Julius Dicks

Compose and/or arranged horn section music (Gospel music)

Paul Gaspar Chamber Orchestra 2011

Charpentier's  "Depuis le Jour" or 25-piece orchestra.  

Orchestrated for Paul Gaspar, solo trumpet in D, with strings, woodwinds, brass, piano

This work was performed at Paul's Eastman degree recital

Eastman Trombone Choir 2010

J.S. Bach "Adagio & Fugue BMV 564" for 28-piece trombone choir. Paul Gaspar, soprano trombone

This work was performed at Paul's Eastman degree recital

Local public, private & charter schools 1997 - date

Composed as well as arranged & transcribed & arranged selections from Barbara Streissand's King & I for Pittsford Middle School

Rochester School of the Arts: Transcribed & arranged compilation of soul pieces for the SOTA Singers.

Brockport Symphony with the Paul Gaspar Orchestra 1992 

Transcribed 5 Nelson Riddle arrangements for full orchestra plus big band featuring vocalist Katrina Gaspar

Rochester Sesquicentennial Celebration 1985

Brass Fanfares for Erie Canal celebration


JOYCelebrate Upstate Holiday CD Vol. I, Rochester, NY 2007

Co-composed song & lyrics with Katrina Gaspar the title Gospel track

Composed, arranged, produced & conducted instrumental & choir parts, 

as well as arrangement for Jingle Bells. See Audio & Video page to listen to samples.

Susan Krasner's Threads & For You CDs, Rochester NY 2008-2011

Composed solo lines and horn section music.  

Threads Jewish/world beat  

For You jazz/fusion jazz ballad


Eastman School of Music 2007-2011 

BA/AMU Trumpet May 2011

Eastman School of Music 1987-1988

Arranging with Rayburn Wright

Nazareth College 1985-1986

Composition with Dr. Timothy Sullivan