Carl "Doc" Severinsen is an accomplished trumpet player. Born in tiny Arlington, OR, Severinsen started playing the trumpet as a child. After serving in the army in World War II, played in the house band on Steve Allen's Tonight show in the mid-1950s. Doc officially joined the Tonight…more
Appeared on Dick Clark's Live Wednesday and performed with Chuck Berry and was accidentally struck by Berry's guitar.
Doc has worked with musicians like Tommy Dorsey and Charlie Barnet.
Doc's first band was named the "Blue Notes."
As of 2007, Severinsen serves as Principal Pops Conductor of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
After Johnny Carson retired from the Tonight Show, Severinsen for several years embarked upon concert tours with the show's band members.
Severinsen served in the U.S. Army during World War II and after his discharge worked in several big bands including those of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.
Severinsen is currently designing and making his own line of trumpets called the Destino.
Tonight Show musical director Skitch Henderson originally hired Severinsen as first trumpet for the show's band in 1962.
Severinsen first went to work for NBC as a studio musician in 1952.
Severinsen has been married to Emily Marshall since 1980. He has three grown children from a previous marriage.
Young Severinsen proved so proficient with the trumpet that he was invited to join the local high school's band at the age of 8.
When he decided to take up music, Severinsen originally wanted to play the trombone but the music store in his hometown only had a trumpet.
Severinsen's nickname was originally "Little Doc" after his father, who was a dentist.