Long Island native Damien Pacheco has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years as a trumpeter and composer, and has long had a passion for touching people’s lives in a tangible, lasting way through the music which inspired him as a kid: Jazz. Using this medium as his main mode of expression, Damien would go on to get degrees in Jazz Trumpet and Jazz Composition from SUNY Purchase and Manhattan School of Music respectively. Throughout his formative years, Damien was personally influenced by a number of giants in the Jazz world, people like Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Hal Galper, Todd Coolman, Justin DiCioccio, Carl Fischer, Ray Vega, Rich DeRosa, Dave Liebman, and many more.
Damien has performed both domestically and internationally. His travels have taken him to places like Guatemala and the Bahamas, and in NYC alone he has played at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, and Lincoln Center. He has shared the stage with notables such as Bernard Purdie, Nadia DiGiallonardo (Musical Director for the Sara Bareilles Broadway hit Waitress), and Jon Faddis. He was in the pit for the 50th anniversary performance of HAIR at Lincoln Center performing with the Tony Award winning cast under the direction of Diane Paulus, who was named in 2014 as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Fluent in a multitude of different styles of music, Damien has had the pleasure of recording with groups such as Lawrence (on their first album Breakfast) and Circus Mind (where he can be heard on their most recent album Joy Machine). Damien performs regularly with Nocturne (of Stage39 Productions), Latinology, Deep Pockets, Nonstop to Cairo, and the Interplay Jazz Orchestra in addition to arranging music for many groups inclusive of Paradigm and the Toby Tobias Project. He also has the pleasure of performing with the Swingtime Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Steve Shaiman.
Damien is the founder of the NyMBVS 5 band.