Background & Experience
Dan DiCesare grew up in Wilmette, IL and now resides in Chicago. He served as Principal Tuba of the Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfonica UANL) in Monterrey, Mexico from 1999-2002. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University, where he was a student of Charles Schuchat and Dr. Paul Bauer. He has also studied with Dan Anderson.
He is currently Principal Tuba of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. In the Chicago area, he has performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, Chicago Brass Band, and Wheaton Municipal Band.
As a bass trombonist, Dan was a member of the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago from 2003 until 2016, and the Northshore Concert Band since 2013. He has also performed and recorded with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Players and been a featured soloist with the Birch Creek Academy Big Band in Door County, Wisconsin. He has performed alongside Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Tito Puente, Lou Marini, Gerald Albright, Audrey Morrison, David Sanborn, Marian McPartland, Dennis DiBlasio, James Morrison, Claudio Roditi, Conrad Herwig, and Toots Thielemans.
As an instructor, he places a very strong emphasis on the fundamentals of strong brass playing: breathing, tone production, and intonation, especially with beginning students to help them develop and advance quickly. He joined the staff of Niles North High School District 219 in 2017.