Originally from San Francisco, I have been playing saxophone for nearly 20 years. In that time, I have been fortunate to play all over the world, and have shared the stage with many great artists, including Ralph Thomas (Sun Ra Arkestra, Quincy Jones), Benjamin Koen (David Murray, Cecil Taylor), Uriel Barthelemi, Opor Red, George Lacson (Johnny Lee Hooker, Jr), R&B singer Allen Stone, and singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.
I have spent many years working with private students ranging of all ages and levels. I have also served as the Performing Arts Director at the prestigious American Pacific International School, leading their concert band and music education programs.
I hold a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and am currently pursuing further studies at Berklee College of Music after many years of playing professionally and teaching in Asia.
Working with saxophone students of all levels in the US and Asia
Led the middle and high school band programs at the prestigious American Pacific International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand
· Saxophone · In studio Dan is kind and caring. He was very patient going over the super basics with a brand-new player! He gave good, clear instruction, and is focused on mastering the fundamentals so players can start with good habits and good sound, and so players can make future advancements more smoothly.
· Saxophone · In studio Dan is a fountain of knowledge; an incredibly talented and eclectic artist. I have been struggling with alto sax for years but with Dan’s approach, I finally feel, I am making some progress. Dan tailors the lessons to fit your needs; making it challenging, comprehensive, engaging and fun. He helps me transcribe small parts of licks I like, which has been an invaluable experience for me. He makes sure that you REALLY get the material you are studying. Don’t just shake your head and say “yes”.
He is always there to answer your questions (no matter how dumb they may seem), encourages and motivates you.