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. 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. In 1991 he became a founding member of the Vine Street Horns and began recording and touring with The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Tom Jones, Al McKay & The LA Allstars, Phil Collins, French rocker Johnny Hallyday and Neil Diamond. In 2003 he became a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, sharing the lead trumpet responsibilities with Wayne Bergeron.
Some of his film and television credits include: Batman Returns, The Player, The Mask, Hancock, Head Of State, Bad Santa, Race To Witch Mountain, The Whole Ten Yards, Polar Express, Robots, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Happy Feet, The Simpsons Movie, Meet The Robinsons, Horton Hears A Who, Semi-Pro, G-Force, What Happens In Vegas, Hairspray, The Brothers Warner, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Bah Humduck, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Evolution, Bolt, Pink Panther Deux, Tooth Fairy, The Princess & The Frog, Toy Story 3, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Celebrity Duets, Boston Legal, Brothers And Sisters, Day Break, Home Improvement, The Simpsons, Dancing With The Stars, The Grammy Awards, The Emmy 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, Arsenio Hall, Jon Stewart, etc.
Dan Fornero is currently back home in Los Angeles, enjoying life as a freelancer.