Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Dan Fornero attended North Texas State University from 1977-81 where he played 1st trumpet in the famed One O’clock Lab Band in 1980 & 1981.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1982, Dan left for a year on the road playing lead trumpet with Woody Herman. In 1988 he began a three-year tour with Tom Jones and in 1991 he became a founding member of the Vine Street Horns and began recording and touring with many great artists.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra was formed with Dan again on 1st trumpet. World tours soon followed with the amazing Phil Collins and the great French rocker Johnny Hallyday. In 2001 Neil Diamond was added to the touring list, and from 1993-2005 Dan found himself touring the world several times over between the different artists. In 2004 he became a member of the Big Phat Band, sharing the lead trumpet responsibilities with Wayne Bergeron.
Some of his film and television credits include “Batman Returns,” “The Mask,” “Evolution,” “Bad Santa,” “Robots,” “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown,” “Happy Feet,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Horton Hears A Who,” “Hairspray,” “American Idol,” “Boston Legal,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “The Grammy Awards” and many others.
Dan has also performed with various artists on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry King, Dennis Miller, Jon Stewart, and many others.
Check out Dan’s website at www.danfornero.com.