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Dale Colgrove

Dale Colgrove

Trumpet, Trombone, All Brasses

Dale Colgrove, Master of the Trumpet, is a consummate and diversified, multi-instrumental performer who maintains a very active schedule in many facets of the entertainment industry. Over his lifetime, Dale has produced and recorded over 1000 original compositions and plays just as many different musical instruments.

Dale is native of Ft. Worth, Texas, where he began playing cornet at the age of 6. At age 13, began a lifelong music career with regular performances at Carlswell, AFB, Officer’s Club. At age 16, his family moved to La Habra, CA, where within a few months he became a member of an award-winning, Dixieland show band from Whittier, CA, ‘The Seven Card Studs’, later to be known as, ‘The Bathtub Gin Gang’. In 1968, the band was invited to perform at President Richard M. Nixon’s first inaugural ball in Washington D.C.. Upon high school graduation, (1970), Dale attended Cal-State Fullerton, where he studied music education. That same year, the band competed at the ‘Hollywood Bowl, Battle of the Bands’, bringing home a winning trophy as well as auditioning for NBC television, (under the watchful eye of trumpeter and bandleader, ‘Doc’ Severensen),’The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’. In 1975, the band began full-time at Knott’ s Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA. He also spent a brief time in Hollywood, CA, working for ‘Dick Clark Productions’, as a syndication director. In 1980, Dale became an employee of the Southern California Edison Company and was trained as a public speaker, representing every aspect of Edison’s, power generating agenda, also writing and recording several media jingles for the company. In 1982, he completed an 8 year engagement with over 1000 live performances of, ‘The Glory of Christmas and Easter” at the Crystal Cathedral. In 1990, (then married and father of 4), Dale moved back to his Texas hometown, preceding another move to nearby Decatur, TX, the town of his family ancestry. There, he acquired a 127-year-old church building, which was to serve as a recording studio and residence for 13 years. He also became a Touring Artist with the prestigious, Texas Commission on the Arts, traveling to dozens of schools and libraries throughout the State, demonstrating his unique collection of over 100 rare and exotic musical instruments from around the world.  

He had also returned to college, 1999, (UT Arlington), graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music Education with Lifetime Texas Teacher Certification. Also during that time, Dale entered into the radio broadcasting and animation voice businesses, including, Hanna-Barbara, (‘The Smurfs’/‘The New Jetsons’), and Funimation, (‘Dragonball Z’).

In 2005, Dale joined the music ministry staff at, ‘First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth,’ as bell choir and early music director, then as a Contemporary Worship musician.

In 2007 and 2008, Dale guested at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC, with the, ‘Les Paul Trio'.