Daniel Patrylak is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut. A native of Plymouth, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Patrylak auditioned successfully for the United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. and performed as cornet soloist in concerts and coast-to-coast radio broadcasts. This was followed by positions on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. An internationally recognized trumpet virtuoso, he co- founded and served as first trumpet of the Eastman Brass Quintet, leading the group on concert tours throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Israel. He has also performed as principal trumpet of the Danbury Brass Band of Connecticut during tours of Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Professor Patrylak's students have achieved positions in major symphony orchestras, military bands, and faculty appointments in pre-college, collegiate and graduate music departments.
As a music administrator, Professor Patrylak has held positions as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Director of the Summer Session at the Eastman School of Music. As needed, he filled the role of the Eastman School's Acting Director as well. In addition, he was producer of Opera Under the Stars productions at Highland Park in Rochester. Professor Patrylak has served as Chair of Music Departments at both the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He has been actively involved with the Cultural Affairs Committee for the United States Department of State. Additional positions include Chairman of the Board of Directors of the David Hochstein Community Music School in Rochester, President of the Connecticut Music Educator's Association, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Opera New England of Northeastern Connecticut.
Daniel Patrylak is a featured artist on recordings for Vox, Mercury, Columbia, and Summit Records. As a charter member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, he can be heard of the ensemble's debut recordings under Frederick Fennell, as well as on recordings of the Eastman Rochester Orchestra under Howard Hanson. Recent releases include a double CD album from Summit Records of the Eastman Brass Quintet performing Renaissance Suites as well as premier performances of contemporary chamber music of Verne Reynolds. Recognized as a performer of both classical music and jazz, in addition to his work with the Marine Band, Rochester Philharmonic and Eastman Brass Quintet, Daniel Patrylak has appeared with many outstanding entertainers, and an eclectic mix of touring broadway shows, Ice Capades, Shrine Circus, Texas Brass Quintet, Hartford Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Nutmeg Chamber Orchestra, Tuxedo Swing Band, and High Society Dixieland Band.
Daniel Patrylak is recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Eastman School of Music. He was named Musician of the Year by the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, as well as being the first recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Bands award from the Connecticut Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity. In recognition of outstanding leadership, music performance and service to the Eastman School of Music and the greater community, The City of Rochester declared and celebrated Dan Patrylak Day in 1975 with concerts and other festivities.
Daniel Patrylak recently served as Executive Director of Young Sounds of Arizona, an organization of youth jazz ensembles featuring students drawn from the greater Phoenix area. He and his work have been cited and explored in several research projects. He continues an active teaching and coaching schedule, working with younger students and mature artists, alike, as well as offering lectures and clinic sessions.
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