Music Ambassador


The City has a program highlighting local musical talent conferring the award of Music Ambassador to a resident musician/composer annually. Each has her/his own style and each claims Middletown as home. 

2014 Ambassador Rani Arbo & Dave Downs 

2015 Ambassador, Jay Hoggard

2016 Ambassador, Kitty Kathryn

2018 Ambassador, Terry Woolard 

2019 Ambassador, Neely Bruce 

2020 Ambassador, Randy Moses and The House of Moses

2022 Ambassador, Michael Arafeh

2024 Ambassador, Sam Vinci

Middletown native Sam Vinci, a musician and bandleader in the Sam Vinci Band, the Sam Vinci Orchestra, and other groups, has performed popular music from American standards to traditional Italian and Sicilian favorites at concerts and celebrations since the 1940’s. Most notably, Sam, now 91, is the only living founding member of the band providing the music for the Saint Sebastian Feast, having played for the festival for over seven decades. The seventh piece of sheet music in the band’s music book, the Italian song “Caderna”, has become Sam’s signature piece and is widely known and loved in Middletown as “Number 7”.