Chicago Jazz Orchestra.Trumpeter,Soloist Clinician.
Artist's BiographyDanny is known through the music world for his Sound,Power and Musicality
He began his Professional career at age 15. His first playing job was in 1969
playing with the Eddie Knight Quintet, and played with another local big bands, the Jazz Assemblage, as well as both the Indiana University at South Bends Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble- 1967-1972. During this time he
studied trumpet under Professor William Adam at Indiana University in Bloomington,IN.
He auditioned for the United States Army Jazz Ensemble, the studio band at Fort George G. Meade near Washington D.C., and was accepted at age 19. After a year he took over the position of first trumpeter. He toured throughout the U.S. performing at concert halls, colleges, and high schools in 48 states, and earned an honorable discharge and Meritorious Service Award. 1973-1976
Danny traveled to New York and met with a representative from the Willard Alexander Agency, and after discharge from the service was called to play with the Tommy Dorsey Band under the direction of Murray McCeaceran and alongside Buddy Morrow. He ended up as first trumpeter, touring the U.S. and Canada 1976 - 1977
After the Dorsey Band he was recruited by Maynard Ferguson. He toured and recorded with the band for 3 years. 1977 - 1979
During this time he was contacted by a friend playing in Chicago and was put in touch with the legendary percussionist and vibraphonist Bobby Christian, veteran of the Chicago Symphony and a well respected jazz vibist, composing and arranging the music for his band. The first time Danny played for him he said O.K., kid. Letï¿½s see what youï¿½ve got. He pulled up a tune called Topï¿½O The Heap, a tune in many different meters. He didnï¿½t miss a note or a time change. That night put his name in the Chicago scene. He has made a steady living playing in rehearsal bands, weekend jobbing, and playing variety show in theaters including the Mill Run, Blue Max, Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, WI, and the Carlton West in Green Bay, WI. Danny has played lead trumpet for a long list of entertainers at the Holiday Star theater in Merrillville, IN. 1980 - 2006
Among the entertainers Danny has worked with:
Frank Sinatra, Jr
Theï¿½ Mightyï¿½ Joe Williams
Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme
Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Four Tops
The Moody Blues
Styx (Dennis Deyoung)
Gladys Knight with the 4 Tops
Harry Connick Jr.
Billy ï¿½Stixï¿½ Nicks
By 1982 Danny was considered first call session trumpeter. In addition to recording sessions he was doing Broadway Shows, including:
Fiddler on the Roof
Man of La Mancha
My One and Only
Bye Bye, Birdie
No, No, Nannette
Phantom of the Opera
West Side Story
Too Hot to Handel
Other accomplishments during this period:
Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) Band at Carnegie Hall.
Principle trumpet and soloist with the Midwest Pops Orchestra under the direction of Newton Wayland, 1982 through 1992.
Performed with the St. Louis Symphony Pops as principal trumpet and soloist with Newt Wayland and Skitch Henderson, 1988.
Performed with the Chicago Symphony Pops as principal trumpeter and soloist with Eric Kuntzel, 1990.
Featured trumpeter with the Black Dyke Mills British Brass Band at the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Royal Northern College in Manchester, England, 2001.
Performed as soloist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2001. Then touring Greater England.
Cornet soloist with the Brass band of Battle Creek, 1995 - 2001.
Featured soloist with the University of Notre Dame Jazz Band, 2003.
Soloist with the Western Illinois University Jazz Band, 2003.
Soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony,2004
Soloist with the Indiana University at South Bend Jazz Ensemble, 2005.
Soloist with the Purdue University Jazz Ensemble, 2005.
Soloist with the Western Michigan University Jazz Band, 2005.
Soloist with the College of Dupage Jazz Ensemble, 1998.
Soloist with the Southwestern Michigan University Jazz Ensemble, 1998.
Adjudicator - Purdue University Jazz Festival, 2006.
Adjudicator-Clark Terry Jazz Camp Emporia Kansas,1993
Maynard Ferguson, HOT
Dennis DeYoung and Styx, Paradise Theater
Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra, Suite Tooth, Dangerous Precedent,
Sophisticated Ladies, A Miracle
City Lights Orchestra, Chicago, City Lights Orchestra
Discovery Singers, Christmas of Discovery
Jazz Members Big Band, Digginï¿½in
Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Clark Terry, Porgy and Bess
Brass Band of Battle Creek, Sleigh Bells and Brass, Brassmatazz
Utah Symphony, Sophisticated Ladies
Charley Harrison, Chicago, Keeping My Composure
Peter Brown, Chicago, SNAP
Roger Pemberton Big Band, Chicago
Buddy Childers Big Band, Chicago, Just Buddyï¿½s
Danny has also played on over 2,000 radio and television commercials, national and regional.
Sound Track on ï¿½A League of their Ownï¿½
Danny has recorded playing on over 2000 Radio and Television Commercials
with players from the Chicago Symphony,The Lyric Opera and recording studio specialists.
Teacher - Educator:
Danny is currently giving private lessons in the greater South Bend area, and lower Southwestern Michigan. He runs clinics and master classes, and was the featured soloist and clinician with the South Bend Community School Corporations Jazz Soundsations in 2005.
He teaches university students and professional players both locally and from the Chicago area and other Universities when a guest soloist.
Danny Barber ï¿½JAZZï¿½ Quartet - based in South Bend, Indiana
The Dick Judson Orchestra - Chicago
Chicago Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jeff Lindbergh - Chicago and Washington, D.C. and Global Jazz festivals
City Lights Orchestra - Chicago
Dennis Keith Band ï¿½ Chicago
The Danny Barberï¿½Jazz Quartetï¿½ can be heard at the Woodfire Italian Trattoria in Dowagiac,Mi and was recently featured at the Beiger Mansion for the Riverbend Cancer Sevices July 20th 2006.
Battle of the Bands-Chicago Jazz Orchestra and The Count Basie Band. August 28th 2006. Chicago-Millenium park.
Danny Barber is a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician and performes on
Vincent Bach Stradivarius and Selmer trumpets.
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