Court of Appeal - Emil & Sal Trombino

Bio “Court of Appeal”


Emil Trombino

Our musical journey started back in the late 50’s, early 60’s. It was just prior to

that magical Sunday night when the Ed Sullivan show, aired the Beatles, the fab 4,

unbelievable we thought!

Before the Beatles came to the US, we performed in every grammar school

minstrel, as they were commonly called back then. I remember my brother’s first

ever saxophone solo. The song Sal played was “Indian Love Call”. This brought

on his first ovation…YEAH!

Our next door neighbor, Frank Marconi, was Sal's mentor and first teacher. He

played with some of the great big bands of his era (Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason,


One of my first musical experiences was singing “Frosty the Snowman” at our

annual school Christmas show. A funny thing happened during this episode,

(which was not funny at the time). I had to dress up like Frosty in a big costume

with my legs tied around my ankles. I could not move, I was carried out and

placed on stage. When I started to sing, Immediately I noticed in the first row, my

mothers girlfriend Kate. She was a big jokester. She started licking a lemon and

making funny faces. When I saw this I couldʼt keep a straight face so I started to

cry. I was glad that everyone in the audience joined in and I got through it.

As time went on, we were both in the school orchestra. Sal played woodwinds

and percussion and I played percussion, Tuba And String Bass . I also started

playing guitar. I took lessons in Paterson, NJ so I was able to take the 4 Signac

bus to Main and Market Street all by myself. I was only 12 yrs old, 7th grade, boy

times have changed!

Sal finally started our first band with a friend Mark; called the Stereos, which

included sax, guitar, keyboards, and drums. We played all the school dances and

were always in the shows. We practiced all the time, over our house, or over

Mark's house across the street from the local 7-Eleven store. Lots of people

gathered there because of the store, and since we rehearsed in the garage, which

got a little stuffy we decided to open the garage door and eventually it became

known as the “Garage-a-tech”, lots of memories!

Once high school days came, we met more musicians. Things changed when we

got a new bass player and drummer. Our drummers father got us an audition for

the Ted Mac Original Amateur hour, a variety talent show on CBS. Five hundred

acts auditioned a week, only 9 made it and we were one of them. It was located at

the Ed Sullivan Theatre, on Broadway in New York City. It was like the American

Idol of today. We were always in band competitions, whether it be with the high

school marching band or with our own band. One band battle took place in the

parking lot of a nearby shopping center and sponsored by Coke a Cola. It was an

8-week competition, which we won and landed a record contract with Cub

Records. We worked on projects with independent record producers every

weekend for months in Harlem, next to the Apollo Theatre. After the project

completion, we moved on to other adventures.

Wanting to play music for a living was our dream. We worked hard all through our

school years. Now it’s the early 70’s, I can remember my mom saying, “He’s

here”, meaning a gentleman that my father met while he was getting his car

serviced at the local garage. Norm was his name, a manager for several NYC acts.

My dad felt he may be able to help us out and he did. We started playing local

clubs 5-6 nights a week. Our career was on its way.

Eventually, Norm got us signed with “ABC", Associated Booking Corporation out

of NYC on Park Avenue. They booked us as an International show group both in

and out of the United States.

We did intricate vocal harmonies, doubled on lots of different musical

instruments, and performed Saturday Night Live type comedy skits.

One night, we were sitting together and decided we wanted to change the

name of our band to something that would fit more of what we portrayed in our

act. Norm (Our Manager) was reading a newspaper and the name Court of

Appeal(s) stuck out. Court, meaning royalty, appealing to everyone, You be the

Judge, being our catch phrase. The band name forever changed to Court Of

appeal, no s.

Bringing us to the current years, 45 years passing, we became prolific

songwriters, becoming members of the Songwriter Hall of Fame and Songwriter

Guild. We went on to win a prestigious songwriters award, the Abe Allman

scholarship Award, presented to us by three very famous song writers, Sammy

Kahn, Bobby Weinstein, and George Weiss.

We still work at our craft every day of our lives. We want to share our passion with

you through our new website .

Everyone please enjoy our music!