Mitch Paliga

– Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band
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Mitch Paliga is a Chicago based saxophonist, composer and educator, currently teaching at North Central College in Naperville, IL and Lake Forest College in Lake Forest IL. At both colleges he teaches jazz saxophone, jazz history, jazz combos as well as classical saxophone. He has been touring with actor/musician Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band since 2007. As a member of the Lt. Dan Band since 2007 he has performed on U.S. military bases and hospitals in Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan, Europe, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Puerto Rico and Kuwait as well as the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, West Point, Air Force and Naval Academies, and CBS Television City. Mitch has a Bachelor’s of Music from Eastern New Mexico University and a Masters of Music from Northwestern University. In 2012 Mitch performed at the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. In 2008, he also performed with the band Kimotion at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music and the Hue Festival in Vietnam. Mitch is also a founding member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. In 1993, he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for individual jazz study with master jazz musician David Liebman. In 2002, he received a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant. In 2017, he received a Global Music Award for his composition “QP Doll”. He has two recordings under his own name, Blithe Moments and Fall Night, which is on the Origin label. He also has recorded over 30 original compositions and arrangements with a variety of artists.
More About Mitch Paliga


Mitch Paliga – Fall Night – 2008

Mahavishnu Re-Defined: A Tribute to John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra – 2008


Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:Nothing else matters, it’s what we live for.


  • Rocky Mountain College, Billings Montana
  • Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL





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Lieutenant Dan Band


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