Dan Terry attended the Conservatory at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He performed in concert with Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holliday and many other luminaries of the jazz world and show business, and at several leading hotels, ballrooms, and nightclubs.
Dan Terry appeared on the NBC “Tonight Show.” He starred in, wrote for, and appeared in motion pictures. He recorded several albums and had his own radio jazz shows. He wrote and appeared in several television specials and toured with many bands during the big band era, including Muggsy Spanier, Larry Clinton, and the Sonny Dunham Orchestra.
Dan Terry and his band appeared at college proms and concerts from coast to coast, including UCLA, University of San Francisco, College of the Pacific, University of Iowa, Princeton University, Cornell University, Indiana University, University of North Carolina, along with many others.
Dan Terry founded the San Diego Youth Swing Band in order to pass on his five decades of experience in the band business to today’s most talented students.