Jack Gale attended Wichita University in Kansas as a theory and composition major. After coming to New York in 1957, he played with several major bands including Buddy Morrow, Maynard Ferguson, and Woody Herman, as well as with the Kai Winding Septet. Since 1961, Jack has been a member of the orchestras of more than thirty Broadway shows (presently 1st trombone in "Wonderful Town") and numerous movie soundtracks and countless record jingle and television dates and he has continued to work in the concert, jazz, and educational fields.
From 1965 through 1980, he was trombonist and musical director of the Manhattan Brass Quintet, for which he developed and arranged extensive music education programs. During this period, he worked with Buddy Rich and the Benny Goodman Sextet. Jack has also performed with the New York City Symphony, the American Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. His compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations have been performed by the Empire and New York Philharmonic brass quintets and the American Symphony Orchestra.
Jack has been a member of the Local 802 Executive Board since 1989.
He was a featured trombonist and arranger on Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company on NPR from 1990 through 1994
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1981.