Dale Turner (trumpeter)

Dale Turner
Born 1941 (age 7475)
Minnesota, United States
Genres New Wave, Rock, Ska
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, Trombone
Associated acts Oingo Boingo, Steve Bartek, Danny Elfman

Dale Turner is an American trumpet player, best known for being a member of the American new wave band Oingo Boingo.



Turner was a member of Oingo Boingo for the entire length of the band's existence, from 1972 to 1995. Although primarily playing trumpet, he also played trombone, guitar, percussion, and provided backing vocals for the band.[1] According to former front man Danny Elfman in 1983, Turner "keeps an eye on us and makes sure that we don't get too far out of hand" and "he could spank every one of them [...]", with the exception of saxophonist Sam "Sluggo" Phipps.[2]

He has also performed with Garth Hudson, including a track on the Raging Bull soundtrack.[3]

Television and film

Turner appeared with Oingo Boingo in the feature film Back to School, the film Urgh! A Music War, Longshot (1981), and in the videos for the albums The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet and Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheater, Halloween 1995.[4]


  1. Richard Elfman (May 2008) Oingo Boingo. Buzzine
  2. AwardsShowNetwork (April 18, 2012), Dick Clark Interviews Oingo Boingo – American Bandstand 1983, retrieved February 2, 2016
  3. Raging Bull (1980) Soundtracks. IMDb
  4. Dale Turner. IMDb

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