Dan has been making music most of his life. While attending East Carolina University's School of Music, he auditioned and was hired at age 19 to join the cast of the Off-Broadway show "STOMP". After performing in the New York company, he joined the national tour, eventually playing the lead role and becoming Rehearsal Director. During this tour, he had the opportunity to perform on stage with Bobby McFerrin for the Presidential Millenium Celebration and appeared on several tv shows, including "Good Morning America", among many others.
Dan has since moved back to NYC to continue his music career and has performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden, Town Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, Radio City Music Hall and recently The Continental Airlines Arena for the Wu-Tang Clan.
Dan recently acted as the house drummer for seasons 7, 8 & 10 of NBC's "America's Got Talent," played for the PBS special "From Broadway With Love" featuring Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara, Jesse Mueller, Norbert Leo Butz and Lilias White among many others. He has played percussion for the Broadway show "Holler If Ya Hear Me," and recently played for Andrea Bocelli on "Good Morning America." He has also subbed on drums in the orchestra pit for Broadway shows like "Wicked" and "First Date," played hundreds of auditions the casting office of Bernard Telsey Casting and recently played drums for the Obie Award-winning show "The World Is Round" at BAM. He plays for the kids rock band "The Jimmies" (gimmejimmies.com) which, among other accolades, was awarded the prestigious Oppenheimer Best Toy Award for their first album. They were also voted one of the "Top 20 Kids Albums of the Decade" by AOL's Parentdish and have performed at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. He currently plays drumset for a number of artists including Tituss Burgess, Melinda Doolittle (American Idol Finalist), Camille O'Sullivan, Heather Christian, Montego Glover, Lucie Arnaz, and Aaron Lazar. In addition, he occasionally performs for corporate events for companies such as GM, Microsoft, Pfizer. etc.
Also trained in music production and recording, Dan produces and mixes music on a for-hire basis. Most recently he produced (and played drums for) "The Sedaka Sessions", where he had the honor of working with Neil Sedaka and an incredible team including engineer Roy Hendrickson (Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, etc) and Grammy Award-winning executive producer Tony McAnany.
Some other audio production highlights include a national commercial for "The Grinch That Stole Christmas", a track for Coca-Cola's 125th Anniversary Celebration, mixing of promotional content for the upcoming Broadway show "Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812," and a track he co-produced with David Tirolo for the short film "Year Zero," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also had the opportunity to contribute as an engineer (as well as a background vocalist and percussionist) on the album "LISTEN", which features Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, and Duncan Sheik. He is currently producing 2 full length albums for indie artists Ryan Gibeau and Pauline Pisano.
Lastly, and a personal highlight, he has had the honor of being featured alongside bassist John Patitucci for a track on "Sharecropper's Seed", an album for Word Records/Warner Music recording artist Nicole C. Mullen.
Dan proudly endorses Paiste Cymbals and ACS Custom In-Ear Monitors.