WELCOME to MIFFLIN HILLS MUSIC PUBLISHING

Founded in 1977 by Musician/Composer Vito DiSalvo, Mifflin Hills Music Publishing represents a large repertoire of Italian Themed Music, Traditional and Smooth Jazz, Pop, Rock, Christmas Music, Classical, Inspirational, Solo Piano and Symphonic Band Music.
Working with a roster of talented songwriters and composers is as much a responsibility as a pleasure and a privilege. MHM Publishing strives to connect the music of their writers to every user of music whether they are in television, movies, videogames, background music uses, producers of recording artists, or any other outlets for music throughout the world.
We work diligently to provide the finest possible music to best fit our clients and businesses who we have developed relationships with over the years.
We know that every piece of music and every business partner are like a fingerprint, completely different, and, it is the goal of our small but dedicated staff to bond the two with success.
We hope you enjoy browsing our website.

ROSTER OF WRITERS

JACK BOGUT

JACK BOGUT

Both ABC’s Good Morning America and USA TODAY featured Jack Bogut as one of America’s most highly rated and popular morning radio personalities. He is also widely known as a storyteller and speaker.

A number of years ago, Jack Bogut was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and in USA Today as one of the top five morning radio personalities in the nation.

His skills as a speaker and storyteller keep him busy entertaining all over the country. In fact, many of Jack’s characters and stories about growing up in Montana have been incorporated into his first book: Big Sky Cafe-(and other schools I have attended). An audio CD of some of the stories in the book will be released this year.

He has also completed the manuscript for his second book of short stories entitled:” Never Rescue a Maiden Who Owns a Dragon Ranch!”

Over the years Jack has been very active in the community affairs of Pittsburgh. He has served on the Advisory Board of the International Poetry Forum, the Advisory Board of The Make-a-Wish Foundation, is a former Director of St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Eye and Ear Hospital, The Eye and Ear Institute, The Civic Light Opera Association, and was one of the local founders of the now national, Family House.

Jack Bogut was named Pittsburgh’s outstanding Radio Personality four times by his peers in the American Federation of Television and Radio Announcers. He has won The Pittsburgh Man of The Year Award in Communications from Vectors, Citizen of the Year from the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, similar awards from many regional community organizations and the national Evergreen Award for public service.

Recently, he was given both the “Outstanding Achievement Award” for radio by the Pittsburgh Radio & Television Club, the Ronald Macdonald “MAC” Award for his work with children through The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Hospital, The Bob Prince Memorial Award for community service, and The Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award by his fellow broadcasters and the March of Dimes.

His hobbies include tearing around racetracks in his vintage Porsche, chasing grandchildren, and fly-fishing – not necessarily in that order. 

VITO A. DISALVO

Vito is a composer and has been composing for bands since his junior year at Duquesne University where he composed his first piece Concerto for Band. Vito earned a Master’s Degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. While there, Vito enrolled in several courses in copyright laws, music publishing and the recording industry. This inspired him to start Mifflin Hills Music Company in 1977, first as a music publishing company specifically to publish educational music and then 10 years later as a record company to produce, distribute and sell recordings.

 

Vito DiSalvo has divided his career as a music educator, professional musician, composer, arranger, conductor and producer.  As an accomplished accordionist, pianist, he has performed professionally for over 40 years.  He has been involved with Classical, Opera, Jazz, Italian Pop and American Pop.   His musical skills and leadership have taken him to concert stages from Pittsburgh and the tri state area, where he originated and lead his popular dance band, WE THREE, to accordion movie credits in “A Wedding for Bella” aka “The Bread My Sweet”, to televised PBS specials of American tenor, Matt Morgan. He was also privileged to play accordion for the late world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti for his Pittsburgh performances.  Vito recently returned from Shanghai China where he conducted the Shanghai Opera Orchestra with Canadian, Italian born soprano Giorgia Fumanti. The music score for the independent film, “Baby Fat”, was made up entirely of DiSalvo’s original music. In August 2010, Vito’s original composition, “Tarantella Americana”, and his arrangement of the “Tarantella Napoletana/Quadriglia Abruzzese were spotlighted in the SONY Film “EAT PRAY LOVE” starring Julia Roberts. Both were recorded by Disalvo’s band We Three. In the Spring of 2011, DiSalvo started touring as pianist with the 60’s international singing group, The Letterman.

 

In 1976 Vito started Mifflin Hills Music Co as a publishing company. In 2007 Mifflin Hills Music Publishing LLC became solely a publishing company and MHM Productions LLC was formed as a recording and artist management company.  Vito and his companies have published choral music, numerous symphonic band compositions, one of which was published by Columbia Pictures Publications and retitled “Transformations”, eight Italian albums and two inspirational albums.  His original music has been performed on he HBO series The Sopranos, on national advertisements and promotional videos for Pirollo Tours, in an independent comedy film, and documentary films.  Most recently, Vito collaborated with Pittsburgh radio legend, Jack Bogut on three projects featuring Mr. Bogut’s original stories and DiSalvo’s original compositions. Several of DiSalvo’s compositions have been used in a documentary film about the life of “Wrestling’s Living Legend” and former “World Champion”, Bruno Sammartino.  DiSalvo’s music is played in restaurants and other venues all over the country including the restaurants chains:  Buca di Beppo, The Olive Garden, and Macaroni Grill.  Vito DiSalvo played the accordion on the Grammy Award Winning Jazz Album by Nancy Wilson, “Turned to Blue” on MCG Jazz Label. In 2007, Vito’s publishing company is asked to provide content to background music companies primarily two of the largest being MUZAK and DMX in addition to new comers EOS and CRC.  In March 30, 2008 Vito DiSalvo is awarded the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Education Professional of the Year.

 

Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Duquesne University in May 1973, Vito was later honored in 1977 with the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the fields of music and music education. Vito furthered his musical education earning a Master of Music Degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in 1976, studying with such distinguished composers as the late Clifton Williams and the late Alfred Reed.  In 2007, Vito retired from West Mifflin Area School District, where he taught for 32 years and was Head of the Music Department for 25 years.

JIM GUERRA

JIM GUERRA

Jim Guerra has been an active woodwind performer and educator since his graduation from Berklee School of Music.  Mr. Guerra performs extensively with various artists and organizations throughout the Southwestern Pennsylvania Region. In August, 1997 Mr. Guerra was awarded a lifetime membership in the Pittsburgh Jazz Society. Jim Guerra has composed music for more than twenty years.  He has arranged music for more than forty years including arranging for the US Navy Show Band when he was performing with them.

Jim Guerra has been an active woodwind performer and educator since his graduation from Berklee School of Music.  Mr. Guerra performs extensively with various artists and organizations throughout the Southwestern Pennsylvania Region. 

 

Once a member of the U.S. Navy Show Band, Guerra has performed with the Buddy Rich Band, the Woody Herman Band, Rosemary Clooney, Roger Humphries, Michel Legrand, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.  He also traveled with the New York Touring Company’s production of “THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG”. 

 

Jim Guerra has recorded with John Wilson’s Big Band, as well as the Twenty-First Century Swing Band, and Nancy Wilson both of which were recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guld.

 

Mr. Guerra is the founder, leader, and musical arranger for Pittsburgh’s Sax Pac, a Saxophone Quartet underscored with bass and guitar.  He is also the leader of The Almost Famous Little Big Band and is a member of the John Wilson Big Band.  In addition, Mr. Guerra has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Light Opera Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. 

 

As an educator Mr. Guerra currently teaches on the adjunct faculty of Duquesne University, the Rogers School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and CAPA, the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. PA.  Additionally Mr. Guerra teaches private lessons and is responsible for directing and founding various jazz programs and ensembles within these music departments as well as for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.  He is also the chairperson for the City Music Center.

 

Jim Guerra continually promotes Jazz Education in the public schools by performing concerts each year for the Music Performance Trust Fund.

 

Throughout the years, Mr. Guerra has studied extensively with distinguished music teachers including Joe Viola, Charlie Marino, Phil Wilson, John LaPorta, David Liebman, John H. Wilson, Joe Allard, and Nestor Koval.  His professional associations include:  Executive Board Member of the Pittsburgh Musicians Union [American Federation of Musicians], Music Educator National Conference, [MENC], the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association [PMEA], and the International Association of Jazz Educators [IAJE].

 

In August, 1997 Mr. Guerra was awarded a lifetime membership in the Pittsburgh Jazz Society.

TERRY HARR

TERRY HARR

Terry lives in Eustis, Florida, a small town outside of Orlando, with his wife, Sue, producing music at Terrific Studios and performing jazz, blues and solo piano at local establishments. He has produced four solo CD’s. Besides working as a free-lance arranger, he is currently an adjunct music instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College and Beacon College in Leesburg, Fl., teaching Jazz Vocal, History of Jazz, and Vocal Performance.

Terry Harr was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both of his parents had a great appreciation of music and Terry benefitted from having family members in show business. His great aunt, Marge Nelson was a singer, performing in theaters and speakeasies in the 1930’s and 40’s. His great uncle, Nat Nazzaro, was a dancer and master of cermonies with Flo Ziegfeld. Terry was fortunate to have a strong educational background which included music lessons on piano and clarinet. By age 14, after notating his first composition,”Major Minor Haunt”, it was clear that he had a gift in music and would be bound to pursue it.

 

In the mid 60’s, Terry’s first band, “The Lost Souls” was a local favorite in the area, playing at pool parties, high school dances and fraternity parties at The University of Pittsburgh. After high school graduation and a brief try at engineering school, Terry pursued a degree from Duquesne University in Music Education which he completed in 1973. Although Duquesne offered a well-rounded exposure to music, his real education came from the musical experiences he found in town and on the road from 1969 – 1973. In town, he played sax and electric piano in the top forty blues band,”Urban Renewal”, at nightclubs in Pittsburgh. He also was a member of Vito DiSalvo’s “We Three” dance group, which is now the premier Italian band in the Pittsburgh area. Terry travelled with the show band, “The Caldwells” throughout the north-east and mid-west between semesters, playing sax with Bobby Vinton and opening for Anita Bryant, Boots Randolf, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and The Association.

 

After graduation from Duquesne, he started the jazz-rock band “Sunship” with good friend, Nick Gimiliano, the superb drummer seen on the ongoing PBS series, “My Music”. After touring the hotel and club circuit for two years, Terry moved to Miami, Florida for the sunshine and new experiences. While recording for gospel producer Timmy Thomas at TK Studios in Miami, Terry hooked-up with George ‘Rock Your Baby’ McCrae and ended up doing an eye-opening reality tour of South Africa in March and April of 1979.
In the early ’80’s, an opportunity arose from Columbia Pictures and Terry became a staff arranger there, compiling over 2500 piano/vocal/guitar arrangements during a twenty-two years and running relationship with Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Hal Leonard and Cherry Lane Publications. In this capacity, Terry got to work first hand with Dave Brubeck, Henry Mancini, David Foster and many other notable artists and writers, arranging their music.

 

Splitting time with his corporate responsibilities, Terry played with many rock musicians in the Miami area, leading him to “Windstar”, which became a two-time winner on the second and third seasons of “StarSearch”, the Ed McMahon talent discovery show. After touring in California and Colorado with ‘Windstar’, through networking with musicians in South Florida, Terry met Dion Dimucci and toured the United States and Europe behind Dion’s album, “Yo Frankie”. It was during this time Terry met producer Dick Clark, and performed on various television and live shows, including “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” in Los Angeles and “BBC Studio One” in London.

 

By 1994, Terry was ready to do more writing, recording and some teaching. He moved to Eustis, Florida, a small town outside of Orlando, where he lives with his wife, Sue, producing music at Terrific Studios and performing jazz, blues and solo piano at local establishments. He has produced three solo CD’s – the first two all original material- a mix of jazz/funk, blues and pop. The third CD,”Classic Harbor” features classical melodies. Terry also produced two albums with Elira Ben-Avari, Sanskrit vocalist, in the world music arena. Terry is currently working on a new collection,”Solitude”, due for completion in the fall of 2008. Besides working as a free-lance arranger, he is currently an adjunct music instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College and Beacon College in Leesburg, Fl., teaching Jazz Vocal, History of Jazz, and Vocal Performance.

TREVOR DON JEANY

TREVOR DON JEANY

Trevor Don Jeany was born in 1960 and educated in Durban studied at the Denny Veeran Academy of Music. He is a Composer and has finished two project albums in his home studio. He started his professional career in 1980 by playing in dance bands and playing bass with various groups of the Sun International Circuit, Philharmonic Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

Trevor Don Jeany was born in 1960 and educated in Durban studied at the Denny Veeran Academy of Music.

 

He is a Composer and has finished two project albums in his home studio. He started his professional career in 1980 by playing in dance bands and playing bass with various groups of the Sun International Circuit, Philharmonic Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

 

Trevor has also taught bass at the University of Natal and Westville University and has appeared on numerous television musical programmes. (All that Jazz, Bambanami, The Jerry Springer Show, Strictly come dancing)

 

He has performed with Darius Brubeck, Richie Cole, Rene Mclean and Short Attention Span with guitarist Johnny Fourie, Roy Peterson, Barney Rachabane, Ray Phiri, Alan Kwela, Tony Cox, Denzil Weale, Paul Hanmer, Macoy Mrubata, Louis Mhlanga ,George Lee, Vusi Khumalo, Themba Mkhize, Pops Mohamed, Bruce Cassidy, Hotep Galeta, Chris Schilder, Thandi Klaasen, Abigail Kubeka, Mara louw, Wendy Oldfield, and Judy Page.

 

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

Over the years he has gained the reputation and respect as a World Class bassist and is in great demand as a player, and has played on International platforms with the likes of:
Darius Brubeck, Rene mc lean , Richie Cole, Della Reese, Oletta Adams , Patrizzio Buanne, Frankie Vaughn, Joan Faulkner, Morris Nelms, Izio Gross, Kenny Moore, Jerome van Jones, and Dave o Higgins

 

INTERNATIONAL WORK

Trevor’s expertise is quite extensive, as a result of his reputation as a recognized bassist he has played in various parts of the world including Dubai, Hong Kong, Switzerland, England, Germany, Italy, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South America

 

THEATRE

The sound of music
The Motown Story
The Doowah girls
Good Vibrations
Queen at the Opera (Queen 1, Queen 2, and all other major queen productions in south Africa)
Elvis Las Vegas Extravaganza
Tell me on a Sunday
Elton John
Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dream Coat
Heaven can Wait
Two women of Africa
Inyanga
Vivere
Hooray for Hollywood

 

TOURS

Gloria Bosman – South America
Oletta Adams – South Africa
Queen – Germany and Italy

 

PROJECT BANDS

Paul Hanmer
Gloria Bosman
The Short Attention Ensemble
Avzal Ismael – Latin fire Band

FRANCESCO LO CASTRO

FRANCESCO LO CASTRO

Born in Salerno, Italy in 1974, guitarist and composer Francesco Lo Castro started studying guitar late in life at age 25. He developed his guitar styles and technique under the mentoring of the great south Italian maestro Gianni Cataleta.

Born in Salerno, Italy in 1974, guitarist and composer Francesco Lo Castro started studying guitar late in life at age 25. He developed his guitar styles and technique under the mentoring of the great south Italian maestro Gianni Cataleta. He quit his Economic Studies (and a full time job in marketing) to fully focus on music in 2004. Two years after, he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Music in music performance at Thames Valley University (London). In the same year, he won the Best Guitarist Award at the Guitar Institute in London where he attended tutoring classes by Shaun Baxter and Iain Scott among others. He then earned a scholarship to earn his Master of Music, completed in 2008, by winning the Vice Chancellor’s Award at TVU. In the same period he learned his craft by performing an average of 130-160 gigs per year in clubs, pubs and theatres all around the world playing with jazz, funk, pop and rock artists.

 

In 2009, he was offered to teach Guitar Technique on the Degree Course held by the Academy of Music and Sound (Wolverhampton University). He has collaborated with legends such as Jim Mullen (Morrisey-Mullen), recorded for Geoff Wilkinson (Us3) and performed with contemporary musicians such Francesco Mendolia (Incognito), Richard Sadler (Neil Cowley Trio), Damein Nolan (VV Brown), Roberto Manzin (James Brown) among others.

 

He is also mostly known and recognised for his association with young Italian multi-platinum recording artist and entertainer Patrizio Buanne (www.patrizio.tv). With him, aside from sharing a profond friendship, he has recorded, written songs and toured regulary with Patrizio to Australia, Europe, USA and Asia since 2010.

 

Francesco Lo Castro has performed in his career in some of the most renown and prestigious venues such as the Hamer Hall (Melbourne), the State Theatre (Sydney), The Concert Hall (New York), the Expo Centre (Singapore), the Bercklee Performance Centre (Boston), the Benedum (Pittsburgh), Barbican (London), Palatrussardi (Milan). The guitar style and composing techniques of his solo works and with his quintet IMPROFIVES suggest an intriguing combination of melodic Italian tradition with modern jazz.

NINO PATETE

NINO PATETE

The late Nino was born in Italy and started studying and playing music at the age of eight. He plays numerous instruments, specializing in the accordion, guitar and mandolin. Nino is famous for playing Italian, Latin and American music and will play any song requested. His style of music has gained him a large following including many ballroom dancers. He is also known for his non-stop entertainment.

MATT WELCH

MATT WELCH

Matt Welch has been involved in music for over 40 years. He studied piano, trombone and composition in Jr. and Sr. high school and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in music education at Duquesne University. As part of a show band, he has played at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas as well as Harrah’s in Atlantic City. He also played at hotel/casinos in Aruba, Puerto Rico and Key West.

Matt Welch has been involved in music for over 40 years. He studied piano, trombone and composition in Jr. and Sr. high school and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in music education at Duquesne University. As part of a show band, he has played at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas as well as Harrah’s in Atlantic City. He also played at hotel/casinos in Aruba, Puerto Rico and Key West.

 

Matt’s compositions are comprised of several styles from New Age, Italian and Contemporary Orchestral.

LICENSING

To license a song from the Mifflin Hills Music Publishing LLC catalogue, please email our licensing department at: [email protected] or call 412-443-7571.

 

We offer:
1.)Mechanical Licensing

 

2.)Synchronization Licensing:

  • Commercials
  • Films and Television

 

3.)Print Licensing

CONTACT

Customer Service Information:
412-443-7571

Postal address
2074 Grove Drive
Naples, FL 34120-7574 USA

Electronic mail
General Information: [email protected]

For any additional information about Mifflin Hills Music Publishing LLC services or products, contact Lana DiSalvo, business manager, at 412-443-7571 or at [email protected]

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