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Dan Gabel
Bandleader - Trombonist - Arranger - Educator

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “the real deal, [a bandleader] that looks and sounds like the 1940s.” Dan Gabel is a trombonist, arranger, bandleader, historian, and educator. He has performed in 47 of the 50 United States, and extensively through Japan and Canada. Though he formed his first band in the eighth grade, he has dedicated his life and career to promoting quality live music. Gabel leads several of his own musical groups, including Dan Gabel and The Abletones (authentic 18-piece Big Band), The High Society Orchestra (11-piece Hot Dance of the Roaring 20s), plus various smaller groups and a Brass Quintet. He has recorded and produced six full-length albums, and appears on countless other recordings. In 2017, Dan Gabel was chosen as the musical director of the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, and created The Vaughn Monroe Show, a 24-piece production transporting audiences to the 1940s.

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Gabel has toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for over a year, as well as with the Tommy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, and Hal McIntyre Orchestras. He recently has been featured at the 2016 and 2017 Montreal Jazz Festivals, the Newport Mansions “Art Deco Festival,” and in several regional musicals. Considered an expert on jazz, big bands, and the Great American Songbook, Gabel has lectured at colleges, universities, and special events across the country including Harvard, MIT, Clark, and Indiana University.

Since 2012 he has served as the President and CEO of the American Big Band Preservation Society. Dan Gabel holds two bachelor’s degrees from UMass Amherst in Political Science and in Jazz History through BDIC (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration) Commonwealth Honors College. He received a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory in trombone performance.

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As an educator, Gabel returned to his high school alma mater in 2014, and serves as the Music Department Director at Holy Name High School. He also founded and directs the Jazz Program at Worcester Youth Orchestras, Inc. Dan Gabel is currently working on a biography and a musical on bandleader Vaughn Monroe.

When not on the bandstand, Dan Gabel enjoys spending time with friends and family. His passion for trains is well-known, and he can frequently be seen watching trains, riding the rails, or modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad (HO Scale) or the Boston and Maine (N Scale). Gabel loves history and politics, and enjoys traveling to historical sites around the country and across the globe. Known as “Mr. New England” with ancestry going back to The Mayflower, Dan Gabel particularly enjoys the history, culture, and bucolic scenes of his native northeast, especially an ice cream cone, apple cider, pie, and of course, popovers. Proud of his Swedish and German heritage, Gabel is also a member of the Scandanavian Athletic Club (SAC) of Shrewsbury, MA.

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