About Darren Kramer

Ableton Certified Trainer
Pyramind Online Instructor
XO Professional Brass Trombone Artist
JEN Jazz Education Network 
• ITA International Trombone Association

Darren Kramer has been a professional musician for over 30 years working as a full-time freelance trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator throughout the globe. He achieved virtually every accolade as a trombonist while growing up in Colorado, including every possible All-State group – grades 9-12 – and the prestigious McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band with which he did three exclusive tours to Honolulu, Chicago/Boston, and the Jerry Lewis Telethon in Las Vegas to end his senior year. Kramer then attended the University of Miami and freelanced with south Florida salsa bands, plus a summer in Orlando for the 1990 Walt Disney World All-American Collegiate Orchestra. He has also lived and worked extensively in Las Vegas, NYC and Denver, interspersed with several cruise ship contracts to exotic locales such as Asia, Australia, Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean. He has toured internationally with Rob Thomas rock band Matchbox Twenty, superstar Tom Jones, the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, as well as Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies Broadway Tour directed by Mercer Ellington. Kramer has performed with dozens of celebrities and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and VH-1 Storytellers. Kramer is an XO Trombone Professional Brass Artist and founded his own music company in 1998 – DKO The Darren Kramer Organization – whose inspiring concerts, educational clinics, exceptional recordings, and numerous sheet music arrangements have helped modernize the trombone and expand its role in contemporary music. His DKO CDs feature varied artists such as Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Rick Margitza, Jerry Hey and Gary Willis. 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 CD and live performance cutting-edge innovation that pushes the boundaries of the typical trombone stereotype and that of the traditional DJ. Kramer is an Ableton Certified Trainer and is focused on embracing their latest technology for his solo DJ DKO project by incorporating the Ableton Push controller into his setup and using Ableton Link for wireless connectivity during his show. His technical proficiency is also clearly evident as co-founder and CEO of TheGigEasy, a company he started and ran from 2010-16 in order to simplify the transition to tablet computers for musicians by providing complete music solutions for iPad, including hardware iPad mounts and a pdf music reader app. Now in 2016, as Kramer predicts the subscription streaming service model to be the new education paradigm, he has added DKO Lessons to his DKO brand in order to share his vast knowledge of trombone, jazz & music technology with musicians worldwide.

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Founder & CEO:  DKO Lessons 2016-Present

Ableton Certified Trainer 2016-Present

Co-Founder & CEO:  TheGigEasy Complete Music Solutions for iPad 2010-2016

Founder:  DJ DKO Electric Trombone DJ 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 Masterclasses as a soloist/clinician and with his DKO 8pc Band
5 DKO CDs with all music comp, arr, produced by Darren Kramer Rad Remark Music ASCAP
DKO Sheet Music of 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
Latin Grammys Marc Anthony “Person of the Year” Event @ MGM Grand Garden Las Vegas 2016
• 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) 2000
• VH-1 Men Strike Back 2000
Jerry Lewis Telethon 1987
• The Today Show 1986

Recorded and/or Performed
Garth Brooks, Marc Anthony, Rob Thomas, Take 6, Natalie Cole, Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Wayne Bergeron, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Manilow, Josh Groban, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones, Clint Holmes, Big Head Todd, Matt Morris, Steve Lippia, Nnenna Freelon, Clark Terry, Rich Matteson, Mercer Ellington, Randy Brecker, Kirk Whalum, Eddie Daniels, Rick Margitza, Gary Willis, 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, Gene Aitken, Vaclav Nelhybel, Alfred Reed, John Paynter, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, and David Lockington

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

Cruise Ship Musician 1988-2014
• 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
• NBC Today Show

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

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

Colorado High School Honor Bands 1984-87
• Winner Longmont Symphony Concerto Competition
• Channel 4 News “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