Trumpet Aces - Information Needed

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bbotzong, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. bbotzong

    bbotzong New Friend

    Aug 8, 2010
    In the 30's, there was a trumpet vaudeville act called the Trumpet Aces composed of the Candreva Brothers. The only recording I can find of them was from a 1935 movie with George Burns and Gracie Allen called Here Comes Cookie.

    Can anyone tell me what the names of all six brothers? I studied with Phil Candreva in the 70's (one of the brothers), a first call trumpet player for Universal, CBS, Disney and other studios in Hollywood. He talked a bit about his vaudeville days and his drinking buddy, Ralph. I eventually asked about 'Ralph' and found out from him it was Rafael Mendez. I've uncovered a picture of Louis Maggio, Rafael and Phil taken in the 50s (picture on Scott Webber | A Brief History of ‘The Original Louis Maggio System for Brass’).

    So, I'd like to know more about his brothers, where he fit in the birth order, names of siblings, and if any of them played professionally after their vaudeville days.
  2. Bochawa!!!

    Bochawa!!! Forte User

    Nov 4, 2007
    Not one of the Candreva brothers but . . .


    That's a 22B New York Symphony Special he's holding.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013
  3. lcandreva

    lcandreva New Friend

    Aug 5, 2013
    I am Al Candreva's daughter-in-law, he was one of the Candreva Brothers (six brothers). Never heard they were call the Trumpet Aces. They have all passed now, Phil was the last to pass in 2004 (I think). I have all the info you need with pictures.
  4. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

    Jun 10, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    Isn't it nice when something like this happens. The sun shines a little brighter today....
  5. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Man... I LOVE Trumpet Masters... I'm with you Ed!
  6. lcandreva

    lcandreva New Friend

    Aug 5, 2013
    Trying to upload pictures, but files are too large. Will try to reduce them.
  7. Masterwannabe

    Masterwannabe Mezzo Piano User

    Sep 11, 2009
    Don't know how you are trying to reduce them but I open the picture with 'Paint' an then in the 'Image' drop-down select 'Stretch-Skew' and in the Stretch box put 25 in both the horizontal & vertical and save the results. This significantly reduces the size of the .jpg file and allows convenient uploading.
  8. lcandreva

    lcandreva New Friend

    Aug 5, 2013
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    I hope this came out, many more to come. BTW, the Candreva's owned seven of FE Olds first Los Angeles Trumpets. Old's was a neighbor to them in Los Angeles. I know where one is, and I'm going to try and find out what happened to Al's, his sister had it, and I don't know where it is now. Going to check with the executer of the estate.
  9. bbotzong

    bbotzong New Friend

    Aug 8, 2010
    DELIGHTED to hear from you!! I wrote you an email and sent a private message. Here's hoping you get them.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Phil is the one on his knee...

    As far as Trumpet Aces, from the Vaudeville advertisements in the newspapers from the 1930's, they were billed as Six Candreva Brothers - Trumpet Aces (ref. Milwaukee Journal January 16, 1931). The Redding Eagle from December 25, 1931 references the act as "It is called Trumpet Aces" and is presented by the Six Candreva brothers".
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015
  10. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

    Aug 15, 2009
    Very nice. I am sure a lot of us would be interested in info so please share here.

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