Woodwinds, Piano, Voice
Dan began his music lessons at the age of 7 on the piano, clarinet lessons at
age 9, and saxophone at 11 years old. At age 13 he began his professional
performing career by playing in local bands. He has a Bachelor's Degree in
Applied Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma., where he
graduatedMagna Cum Laude and was given the Faculty Award. After teaching
as a full time faculty member at Berklee, he went on tour with the Tommy
Dorsey Orchestra as Lead Alto Saxophonist/Clarinetist until 1980. After returning to the Boston area, Dan earned his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory. Throughout his career, Dan has shared the stage with Barry Altzschul, Jackie Byard, Richie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Dick Johnson, David Hildinger, Maureen MacGovern, George Russell, Little Anthony and many other notable composers and performers. Dan also regularly plays for the Naples Players pit orchestra and at Shell Point, Naples Philharmonic Hall, and Barbra B. Mann Performing Arts Hall with the Southwest Florida and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras, as well as performing in many other solo and group gigs.