Joseph M. Scannella
Joseph M. Scannella, 87, of Ewing, NJ passed away on Thursday Jan 21 at Compassionate Care Hospice at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton NJ.
Born in Trenton, NJ Mr. Scannella was a well known trumpet player, bandleader, and teacher; having played with Bob Hope, Liberace, Louie Prima, The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Teddy Pendergrass, among many others. He played and recorded with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Delaware Valley Philharmonic, and The Trenton Symphony, and was the musical director of Kasha Cultural Center. During the 1950's and 1960's he performed at The Lambertville Music Circus and for many years enjoyed bringing the sound of his band to The Feast of Lights in Chambersburg (even composing an original song called 'La Festa') and The Italian American Festival in Mercer County Park. His love of music spanned his entire life. In addition, he was President of The Trenton Musicians Union Local #62, President of the Junior Four Alumni Association, and co-chair of The Trenton High School Reunion Committee.
Mr. Scannella was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War serving on the USS Iowa.
He was a class of 1946 graduate of Trenton Central High School and a 1957 graduate of The Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He was an instructor at the US Naval School of Music in Washington, DC, and The Lawrenceville School. For 25 years he taught music at Branchburg Central School in Somerville, NJ in addition to teaching privately.
Predeceased by his parents Pasquale and Mary (Caponey) Scannella, he is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Mary Farro Scannella, his daughters Carol Scancella and her husband, Robert, Patricia, Janet, Elizabeth, Esq.; son, Richard, sister Estelle Scannella, nephews Michael Farro, Mark Kalnas and his wife Doris, and Matthew Kalnas; Grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer Gorman and her husband Dr. Patrick, Dante Scancella and his wife Rebecca, Joseph Scancella and his wife Nicole, and John Scancella and his wife Elizabeth. He was also blessed with six great grandchildren and numerous cousins, relatives, and friends.
The family will receive family and friends on Monday 8:30AM until a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM.at the Church of the Incarnation, 1545 Pennington Road, Ewing. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton
Arrangements under the direction of the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Ave., Ewing.
In lieu of flowers the family request the performance of a random act of kindness.
Posted on 21 Jan 2016 by MFH