- Stephen G. Marshall
Mancini, Henry (16 April 1924–14 June 1994), composer and conductor, was born Henry Nicola Mancini in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Quinto Mancini, a steelworker, and Anna Pece. Mancini’s father was an amateur musician, and he made his son start studying the flute and piccolo at the age of eight. While in high school in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Mancini began studying music under Max Adkins, the arranger and conductor of the house orchestra at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater. Mancini briefly attended the School of Music at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and then transferred to the Juilliard School of Music in New York. His formal studies ended when he was drafted in 1943....