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Bachelor's Degree in Trombone Performance - Baylor University
Masters Degree in Trombone Performance - University of Maryland (in progress)
Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He credits his time at Baylor University for teaching him the value of a supportive and nurturing environment balanced with hard work and dedication. Dan has had the unique opportunity to be able to study with a long list of great trombonists across the nation. His primary teachers include Brent Phillips (Marine Band/Baylor University), John Rojak (American Brass Quintet/Juilliard), and Matthew Guilford (National Symphony Orchestra).
In 2009, Dan was selected as bass trombonist for the Carnegie Hall Orchestral Winds seminar where he collaborated with the principals from the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed with professional ensembles such as Harrisburg Symphony, Waco Symphony Orchestra, and the Gaylen Jeter Jazz Orchestra. Dan has been a scholarship and fellowship recipient for some of the most prestigious music festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. Dan has performed as a featured soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and the Baylor University Trombone Choir. He was also finalist for the International Trombone Association’s solo and orchestral excerpt competitions, Runner-up at the Big XII Solo Competition, and a finalist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop Solo Competition.
Dan has an extensive library of etude books, solos, technical studies, jazz, and orchestral repertoire. He has made it his goal to be able to provide teaching material for students of any age and any skill level.
Dan tries to build a relationship with his students that fosters respect. His students know that he respects them and supports them, but also know and understand his expectations. His goal is to build a relationship that motivates the student to progress while still enjoying the learning process.
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