Born in Rockford, Illinois and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dan Sartori is an active professional trombonist and music educator in the Chicago area. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison and a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Indiana University with a Jazz minor. He has studied trombone with Dr. William Richardson, Mark Hetzler, and Carl Lenthe, and has performed with a multitude of musical organizations across 3 states, including the symphonies of Madison, Rockford, Fort Wayne, and Lafayette, rock bands, jazz bands such as the Pete Ellman Band and Bill O'Connell's Skyliners Big Band, pit orchestras and brass quintets. On the education side of musical life, he has taught K-8 general music, 4-8 band, and has been a private lesson teacher and sectional coach with the Elgin Youth Symphony and Wisconsin Youth Symphony for over 10 years. Sartori has also backed entertainers such as Andrew Blake, Laury Shelley, Marin Mazzie, Byron Stripling and Martin Short.
Sartori was nominated for a Performance Certificate from Indiana University in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2006 Frank Smith Solo Competition in Birmingham, England (sponsored by the International Trombone Association). He has also been honored with numerous awards, including Second Place Among Winds at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, the Indiana University Music Merit Award, the Harry and Jeanette Ginzl Music Education Scholarship from UW-Madison, and the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic Scholarship. In April 2013, he placed third in the Low Brass Technical Solo Category at the NABBA XXXI Brass Band Championships.
Sartori currently holds the orchestral positions of Principal Trombone with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Second Trombone with the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, and Second Trombone with the Rock River Philharmonic. He is also Trombone with the Andrew Blake Band, Trombone with Second City Brass, Solo Trombone with the Chicago Brass Band, and Lead Trombone with the Chicago Trombone Authority. As an educator, he is a K-5 General Music Teacher in St. Charles School District 303 and was pleased to join the Saint Xavier University community in the fall semester of 2015 as Instructor of Low Brass.