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“...But Dan, you promised 30 years ago to play as I requested a jazz concert at MY memorial service! Carl and I will miss you. Sending our deepest...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Julie Lindquist - Chaplin, CT

“Dear Mrs Patrylak and Family, Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. I joined UCONN family in 2014 and heard many great things...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Solomiya Ivakhiv - Acquaintance

“Mr. Patrylak was a most driving force while I was a student at ESM. I remember so well the Eastman Brass Quintet recordings which were amazing. He...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Kenneth Grant - NY - Student

“Jim and Karen, So sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Fine - Storrs, CT

“Dan was a wonderful mentor, teacher, friend and a true gentleman whose kindness I will never forget. Thanks Dan. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Gary Sienkiewicz - Friend

“I talked with my cousin Dan about a year ago when his brother Tom died. I told him he was the best polka dancer I ever enjoyed dancing with. We...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: June Neff - Lumberton, NJ

“I am very sorry for your loss and will pray for the repose of his soul ! ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Charles Patrylak - Larksville

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Daniel J. Patrylak 88, of Simsbury, CT, died peacefully, January 2, 2021, with family by his side. A native of Plymouth, PA, he lived most of his adult life with his family in Storrs, CT. Dan was a distinguished graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he later served as Assistant Director of Academic Affairs. He served our country with the U.S. Marines and was a cornet soloist with the Marine Corps Band. Dan co-founded the internationally known Eastman Brass Quintet with whom he served as first trumpet. A performer of both Classical and Jazz music, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Danbury, CT Brass Band, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and many touring Broadway shows. Dan chaired the Music Departments at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Connecticut at Storrs. As well as performing, Dan loved to teach. Many of his students have gone on to become accomplished trumpeters. Daniel Patrylak was predeceased by his wife Merilyn (Gardner), his brother Tom and sister Dorothy. He is survived by his sons Ray (wife Nancy) and Ron Patrylak (wife Lori) both of Brooklyn, CT, daughters Karen Hendricks (husband Jim) of Storrs, Judith Patrylak of Phoenix, AZ, and Linda Seeley (husband Jeff) of Windsor, CT. He also leaves his grandchildren, Ryan, Ashley, Nathan, Sarah, Michael, Daniel, and Makena. Funeral services are private at the request of his family. Memorial donations may be made to the Daniel J. Patrylak Scholarship Fund c/o World Trumpet Society, 3023 E. Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048-8543. Cremation Society of Connecticut has care of his arrangements. Please visit for online condolences.