1970 King 3B
Michael W. Smith, Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Canadian Brass, Miles Davis, Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, Dream Theater, Michael Jackson, Sarah Corkins
Dan began playing trombone at the age of eleven. Originally he wanted to play trumpet, but decided on trombone because his parents had already, through a set of unusual circumstances, inherited two of them. He has been living with the consequences of that fateful decision ever since.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Indiana University. He has studied trombone with Dr. William Richardson, Mark Hetzler, and Carl Lenthe. Dan has performed with a multitude of musical organizations across 3 states, including the symphonies of Madison, Rockford, Fort Wayne, and Lafayette, rock bands, jazz bands, and brass quintets. On the education side of musical life, he has taught K-8 general music, 4-8 band, and has been a private lesson teacher and sectional coach for 11 years. In addition to his role in the Chicago Brass Band, Dan is also Lead Trombone with the Chicago Trombone Authority, Second Trombone with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony and Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, Principal Trombone with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Trombone with the 95th Street Band, Trombone with Second City Brass, K-5 Music Teacher at Rondout School in Lake Forest, and Low Brass Sectional Coach in Aurora School District 129. Whew!
Dan was nominated for a Performance Certificate from Indiana University in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2006 Frank Smith Solo Competition in Birmingham, England (sponsored by the International Trombone Association). He has also been honored with numerous awards, including Second Place Among Winds at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, the Indiana University Music Merit Award, the Harry and Jeanette Ginzl Music Education Scholarship from UW-Madison, and the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic Scholarship. In April 2013, Dan placed third in the Low Brass Technical Solo Category at NABBA XXXI.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and golf, reading about ancient history, watching Intervention and Star Trek, and trying to keep his place clean.