Doug Sertl was born in Schenectady, New York on April 23rd, 1961. Handed his first trombone at the age of 10 when he joined the grade school band because "that's what we're short of in the band". By the time he was in high school he was taking private lessons and by his senior year he was performing with top entertainers at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
He attended the Crane School of Music from 1979 to 1980. During his studies there he got a call to go on the road to Europe with Paul Anka. For the next few years he traveled and toured with various Pop and jazz singers and then returned to New York's Hudson Valley. During this time he signed as an artist/clinician with C.G. Conn Trombones which later become a part of Conn-Selmer.
His first album as a leader was released in 1983. Doug Sertl & the Jazz Menagerie received a 41/2 Star review in Downbeat that same year. This also began a 20+ year association and with legendary baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola with whom Doug would record half a dozen albums.
Throughout the 80s and 90s Doug continued to build a reputation as one of the best jazz, freelance and studio trombonists releasing a number of acclaimed albums as a leader. Maintaining a busy schedule as a studio and freelance player and as a soloist at colleges and festivals in the US and abroad. He has recorded and/or performed with a long list of artists including Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis, JR, Mark Murphy, Mel Torme, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Chaka Kahn, Jack Sheldon, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Carl Fontana, Conte Condoli and many more.