Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Gary Tole began playing the trombone at the age of twelve. By the age of sixteen, he was working with the all the shows that came into the Pittsburgh area. After attending Duquesne University School of Music, Gary was offered the first trombone position with the world renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra. After a four year world tour with the Miller organization, he toured with Harry James, Tex Beneke, Les Brown and Jimmy Dorsey.
Trombonist Gary Tole leads a swinging big band, but its repertoire doesn't merely consist of the decades-old charts that offer nothing new. Although the music shows the influence of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman, the charts of the familiar songs from each of these band's books are updated for the 21st century, while never forgetting to swing. Drawing from a host of West Coast musicians, including fellow trombonist/arranger Scott Whitfield, pianist Bob Remstein, and multi-reed player Don Shelton, among others, Tole has assembled a band that brings life to each of these imaginative charts and incorporates lively solos
Redondo Beach, CA
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Call to make an appointment. 714-814-8886