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It's quite an operation you have going. Very ambitious! The tunes are clever, well-arranged and certainly well-played by everyone. I am more than impressed by it all!
-Bobby Shew

Darren Kramer
Trombonist Composer Educator

Darren Kramer has been a professional musician for 35 years working as a full-time freelance trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator throughout the globe. He has toured internationally with Rob Thomas rock band Matchbox Twenty, superstar Tom Jones, and the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has recorded with artists such as Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, and Jerry Hey. Kramer is an Edwards Performing Artist, pBone Consultant and is the founder of his own music company – DKO The Darren Kramer Organization – whose inspiring concerts, educational clinics, exceptional CDs, and numerous arrangements have helped modernize the trombone and expand its role in contemporary music. In addition, Kramer has now created a new niche for himself as an Electric Trombone DJ – DJ DKO – and his latest project “Beyond The Boneyard” is a groundbreaking new cd and live performance cutting-edge innovation that pushes the boundaries of the typical trombone stereotype and that of the traditional DJ. Kramer is now focused on embracing new technology for this solo DJ project and fulfilling his role as CEO of TheGigEasy, a company he co-founded in 2010 for musicians in order to simplify the transition to tablet computers by providing complete music solutions for iPad. Moreover, in 2016, Kramer will begin providing worldwide education videos thru with Online Lessons for Jazz, Trombone & Music Technology, as he predicts this to be the new education paradigm.

Founder & CEO:  DKO Lessons 2016

Co-Founder & CEO:  TheGigEasy Complete Music Solutions for iPad 2010-Present

Founder:  DJ DKO Electric Trombone 2008-Present “Beyond The Boneyard” CD 2012

Founder & CEO:  DKO The Darren Kramer Organization 1998-Present
• Concerts, Festivals, Clubs throughout Colorado plus 2005 IAJE Conference in Long Beach, CA
• Educational Clinics as Soloist and Full DKO 8pc Band
5 DKO CDs with all music comp, arr, produced by Darren Kramer Rad Remark Music ASCAP
• Over 50 Published Big Band & Small Group Arrangements plus Commissions

iPad & Music Technology Clinician/Lecturer 2008-Present
• NAMM, JEN, CMEA, ITF, IAJE, TI:ME, ATMI plus dozens of schools in USA (elementary thru college)

University of Denver Jazz Faculty 2002-2007
• Member of Jazz Faculty Ensemble - Directed by Malcolm Lynn Baker
• Jazz Trombone Professor
• Student Jazz Combos Instructor
• Songwriting & CD Production Classes

International Tours
• Matchbox Twenty - Produced by Matthew Serletic 2000-2001
• Tom Jones - Musical Director Brian Monroney 1999-2000
• Tommy Dorsey Orchestra - Directed by Buddy Morrow 1998
• Sophisticated Ladies Broadway European Tour - Directed by Mercer Ellington 1990 & 1992

Television Shows
• The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2001
• The Late Show with David Letterman 2001
• VH-1 Storytellers "Matchbox Twenty" 2001
• The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2001
• Michael Parkinson Show (UK) 2001
• VH-1 Men Strike Back 2000
• The Today Show 1986

Recorded and/or Performed
Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Jerry Hey, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Josh Groban, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli, Dizzy Gillespie, Big Head Todd, Matt Morris, Steve Lippia, Clark Terry, Rich Matteson, Mercer Ellington, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Claudio Roditi, Rosemary Clooney, Maureen McGovern, Bob McGrath, Bill Conti, Patrick Williams, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns, Lon Bronson Band, Clarence Clemmons, Eddie Santiago, Joe Piscopo, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Walt Disney World All-American Collegiate Orchestra, McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band, Vaclav Nelhybel, Alfred Reed, John Paynter

Studied Charles Campbell, John Daley, Paul Naslund, Michael Powell, Bill Watrous, Jiggs Whigham, Conrad Herwig, Tom Garling, Whit Sidener, Gary Lindsay & UM Jazz Faculty, Clark Terry-Rich Matteson Jazz Camps

Jazz Festival Adjudicator / Clinician 2001-Present
• Hundreds of schools and jazz festivals in USA including Reno, UNC/Greeley, Lionel Hampton, etc.

Freelance Musician
• Denver 1984-1987, 2001-Present
• New York City 1998-1999
• Las Vegas 1993-1997
• Miami 1987-1992

Cruise Ship Musician
• Azamara Journey – Show Band Trombonist 2014 - Mediterranean
• Norwegian M/S Majesty – Show Band Trombonist 1999 - Caribbean, Mexico
• Holland America Maasdam – Solo Pianist 1997-1998 - Mediterranean, Caribbean, Panama Canal
• Norwegian S/S Norway – Show Band Bandleader/Trombonist 1997 - Caribbean, Mexico
• Crystal Cruises Asuka – Show Band Trombonist 1992-1993 - Japan, Asia, Australia
• Norwegian M/S Skyward – Show Band Trombonist 1988  - Caribbean
• Norwegian S/S Norway – Show Band Trombonist 1988  - Caribbean

Aspen Music School 1992
• Festival Orchestra
• Brass Quintet  "L'Histoire du Soldat" - Directed by Steve Dibner
• Honor Jazz Ensemble - Directed by Ted Piltzecker
• Studied with Michael Powell of the American Brass Quintet

Walt Disney World All-American Collegiate Orchestra Program 1990
Directed by Jim Christensen
• Orlando EPCOT Center American Pavilion

University of Miami Bachelor Degree: Double Major 1987-1992
• Studio Music & Jazz - CJB Concert Jazz Band Directed by Whit Sidener
• Classical Performance - Trombone Professor Charles Campbell

McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band 1987
Directed by Bob Curnow
• Las Vegas Jerry Lewis Telethon
• Chicago Jazz Showcase
• Milwaukee Summerfest
• Boston Faneuil Hall
• Honolulu Hawaii Tour

McDonald’s All-American High School Marching Band 1986
Directed by Dr. William Foster
• Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade
• Phoenix Fiesta Bowl Parade
• Chicago Orchestra Hall
• Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
• NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Clark Terry-Rich Matteson Jazz Camps
Camp Director Bob Montgomery
• Emporia KS 1984-85
• Edmond OK 1987
• Telluride CO 1986-87
• Boulder CO 1990

Arny Johnson Modernaires 1984-87
Began Professional Gigs at 14 Yrs Old
9pc Glenn Miller Style Dance Band
Consisted of local band directors and performed at area VFW Halls & Elks Lodges

Colorado High School Honor Bands

• Winner Longmont Symphony Concerto Competition
• News 4 "Youth On The Move" Award
• All-State Band 1986-1987
• All-State Orchestra 1985-1987
• All-State Jazz Band 1984-1987
• DYAO Denver Young Artists Orchestra 1985-1987
• Colorado Honor Band Association 1982-1987
• St. Vrain Valley District Honor Band 1984-1987
• CU Honor Band 1984-1987
• CSU Honor Band 1985-1987

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