Danny Barber is known throughout the music world for his powerful trumpet playing. He began playing professionally at the tender age of 15. After playing for several big bands and ensembles, he auditioned for the United States Army Jazz Ensemble and was accepted. He was all of 19 years old. After his first year he took over the first trumpet position. He toured the U.S. performing in concert halls, colleges and high schools, and earned an honorable discharge from the Army and the Meritorious Service Award.
Danny was a member of the Dorsey Band as well as the Maynard Ferguson band. He toured and recorded with the Maynard Ferguson band for three years from 1977 to 1979. During this time Danny also became well known in the midwest jazz scene playing at many venues such as the Mill Run Theater in Chicago and the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Danny has played in many pit orchestras and as a first call trumpeter for many recording sessions such as Fiddler on the Roof, Man of LaMancha, Bye, Bye Birdie, West Side Story, Chicago, Annie and Grease. He also played on the Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s much lauded recording of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, which featured famed trumpeter Clark Terry. He has also played for many years as lead trumpet for a long list of entertainers at the popular Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, Indiana.
Danny has played for some of the most well -known entertainers in the business. A partial list of those names includes: Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman, Phil Woods, Frank Sinatra, Sr. (and also Frank Jr.), Rosemary Clooney, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Burt Bacharach, Joni Mitchell, Dennis DeYoung and Bernadette Peters. Danny has also recorded with many symphony orchestras throughout the country, and has played on over 2,000 radio and television commercials.
Danny was a charter member of the Jazz Members Big Band, the precursor to Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and remains an indispensable member of the orchestra as lead trumpet chair. Danny gives private lessons in the Chicago and South Bend, Indiana areas and runs clinics and master classes in addition to performing as a featured soloist.