Now in his 19th season as bass trombonist with the St. Louis Symphony, Mr. Pagano received a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School in 1987, and was a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for eight seasons. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Over his career, he has performed non-classical musical styles worldwide, including Big Band, Dixieland, Salsa, and Broadway with pop stars such as Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, and Johnny Mathis.