Daniel Gianola-Norris

Trumpet: performance & instruction


I am a trumpet player who performs in Sonoma and Marin County, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. On this website you can learn more about me and my activities as a performer and teacher.


Daniel Gianola-Norris is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M., 2005) and California State University, East Bay (B.A., 2001).

He is active as an orchestral musician, performing with such orchestras as the Santa Rosa Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the Sonoma City Opera. He is formerly principal trumpet of the West Bay Opera. He has appeared as soloist with the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, CSUH Symphony Orchestra, SRJC Orchestra, Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra, New Millennium Strings, and the Peabody Camerata.

The Baltimore Sun noted that his solo playing with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra was "especially poised and communicative."

Daniel has also presented many full-length solo recitals, often with a special emphasis on contemporary music for trumpet composed by women.

He can be heard performing on trumpet, french horn, and flute on the soundtracks to the video games Sam and Max and Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures (www.telltalegames.com).

He is a trumpet teacher at Santa Rosa Junior College. With his wife Aja, he owns and operates "Music to My Ears," a music education center located in Cotati.

Dan and Aja have recorded an album, Food of Love, which was released in July of 2011.

Upcoming Performances

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