Canadian-American trumpeter Dan Kocurek has worked extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, studio musician, and clinician and is a vocal proponent of expanding the musical possibilities of his instrument.
As lead trumpet in the world-renowned Dallas Brass, he helped bring music to people of all ages. He has performed throughout North America, in front of audiences numbering from ten to over 10,000. His travels have led to performances with Jens Lindemann, Mark Gould, Ryan Anthony, Marty Hackleman, Alain Trudel, Nancy DiNovo and Bobby Shew, among many others. Dan has been in demand as a featured soloist on many programs ranging from baroque trumpet masterpieces to transcriptions of cello works on his custom 4-valve Flugelhorn. These include multiple appearances with the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings, as well as the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Pro Nova Ensemble, the West Coast Symphony, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Rogue Valley Symphony.
Dan is also establishing himself as an international touring concert soloist in tandem with his wife Christine Eggert on piano. As Les Deux, they have been called a “musical powerhouse” whose programs have been hailed as being “musically provocative, presented with charm and a deliciously human touch”.
Dan is a strong advocate for music performance that not only touches people on a sonic level, but also moves them to their core. Currently the Artistic Director of the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and the SOU Concert choir, he has worked with notable choral conductors Sharon Paul, Helmuth Rilling, Bruce Pullan and Leslie Dala, as well as many renowned orchestral and instrumental conductors around North America.
Dan directed the University of Oregon’s award-winning a cappella group On the Rocks (www.uoontherocks.com) from 2004-2006 and his arrangements are featured prominently on two of the group’s CARA-nominated CD’s (best collegiate a cappella album). On the Rocks tours internationally and has performed at Lincoln Center, on Good Morning America, and also NBC’s The Sing-Off. The group also has a YouTube following numbering in the millions.