FLAP YOUR LIPS

Do you have a story about Sam or a favorite memory that you’d like to share?  Then this is the page to do it!  Make a youtube video and send us the link or send your story in an e-mail to sam@samulano.com



“I have a story I can tell you about Sam.  He didn’t work (to help out his family as a young adult) because when he worked, he got sick.  The doctor said, ‘If you don’t let him drum - he’s gonna be deathly ill before he’s 25 or 30 years old.  You gotta let him drum. ‘

And it was true.”


Ben Ulano, Sam’s brother



"For years, every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Sam would go to some of the old ladies's homes and present a whole big show for them.  He put on a Red Riding Hood costume and sang parodies of fairy tales and played the drums and he wore cuckoo crazy hats.


“He's so entertaining.  Sam doesn't just teach - he demonstrates and he sings.  It's such a gay experience to walk into one of his lessons - when you walk in and you're welcomed.  It manifests itself with his students and they take on this aura. 

When they walk out of Sam's studio, they walk on air."


Charles Colin, music publisher & Sam’s studio landlord
























“I was Sam's waitress over the last 7 years and he would always come in and yell: ‘Meat Sauce!  Where's my Coke?’

And I had a few choice words for him - 

I used to say, ‘Oh, here comes that fat guy again...’


“One day he came in with a young man and he was banging all over the water glasses and he was really giving me a headache and I went over and I said to him,

‘For God's sake, will you stop that? 

What do you think you are, a drummer?’

And he said ’Yes.’

So, kiddingly, I said ’I'm a singer.’


“So he invited me up to sing with his band.

And I ended up singing with him for several years!

I loved my time with him and am so grateful for him letting me have that chance to perform.”


Corky ‘D’ Romash, Sam’s waitress



“Sam is truly the happiest person I have ever met,

and I’ve known him for 57 years.”


Mark Ulano, son



“Knowing Sam is one of the good things in life.”  


Al Goldberg, family friend and student of Sam’s




“Sam not only marches to the beat of a different drummer, but I swear if I put a stethoscope to his chest, his heart would not be beating ‘lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub,’ but something like ‘boom-she-boom-ba-da-da-da-da-dum!’”


Katherine Mierzwa, fan























Sam often took his son Mark with him to nightclubs to hear music

Sam with his son Mark out at a nightclub in the 1950s