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Dan Foster

Dan conducting the DePauw Jazz Ensemble

Dan Foster is a professional trumpet player, composer/arranger/copyist, bandleader, and clinician/educator currently in Las Vegas, NV. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Mansfield University of PA and a Master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of North Texas. Dan has studied trumpet with Bernard Shifrin, H. Michael Galloway, Jay Saunders, Mike Steinel, and Bobby Shew. He is a former faculty member of DePauw University, Mansfield University, and was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas.

Since moving to Las Vegas, Dan has performed with a variety of bands and artists. Some of these include: Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Chris Mann (Finalist on "The Voice"), The Vogues, Jay and the Americans, The Outsiders, The Righteous Brothers, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, Clint Holmes, Chris Phillips from Zowie Bowie, The Scintas, Martin Nievera, Steve Lippia, Mark Verabian, Latin Breeze, Calidad, Orquestra Borinka, Vegas Super Band, Jimmy Wilkins New Life Jazz Orchestra, Gary Anderson Big Band, Michael Ray Tyler Big Band, Woody Woods Big Band, Jim Fitzgerald's Gold Coast Orchestra, Bruce Harper Big Band, and The Rat Pack Is Back show.

Dan's collegiate music experiences includes performing in the lead trumpet chair with the University of North Texas One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands. As a member of Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band and other collegiate jazz ensembles, he has had the pleasure of backing up guest artists such as Lyle Mays, Wayne Bergeron, John Mosca, Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler, Chris Vadala, Ingrid Jensen, Denis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Michael Davis, Ernie Krivda, and Dave Pietro. Notable performances with the One O'Clock also includes the Guiness Jazz Festival in Cork, Ireland; a radio and internet broadcasted show from the Bull's Head in London; the Houston Symphony; Catalina Jazz Club in LA; various jazz festivals in Texas and California; and at the Jazz Educators' Network conference in New Orleans.

Dan has performed as a guest artist with the Southeastern Oklahoma State Jazz Band, Green Acres Baptist Church Orchestra in Tyler, TX, and many high school jazz ensembles in the northeast and midwest US. Dan was selected to direct one of the Southern Nevada Band Association Honors Jazz Bands in February of 2017. He is found playing lead trumpet on the One O'Clock Lab Band's albums, "Lab 2010" and "Lab 2011", lead trumpet on the University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band's album, "Two Too", a guest appearance on Backside Pick's album, "Higher Places", and most recently The Bruce Harper Big Band "Live at the Smith Center Cabaret Jazz".

Dan is available for performances, clinics, commissioned compositions and arrangements, copyist work, and lessons (in person and online) anywhere in the continental U.S. and abroad.

Dan Standing On a Bridge

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