Danny Lopatka
Lisle, IL
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Danny Lopatka

Danny L.

Lisle, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Students always seem surprised when I tell them they can learn any song on the ukulele. Any song? Yes, any song! Even if there's not a ukulele in it! I'll show you chords, scales, technique, and ear training so you can play ANY SONG!

You can hear me play ukulele in the videos section on my profile!

About Danny L.

I'm a professional musician from Lisle, IL with a wide range of musical knowledge and expertise. I hold two degrees in Upright Bass Jazz Performance (M.M. and B.A) from Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois at Chicago. I also play guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and love to produce music on my computer.

I am well versed in many different genres having been a music director for Top 40s wedding bands, rock/pop groups, and even a 10-piece K-Pop band! Flexibility to perform in any genre is key in my line of work, which I always try to impart on my students.

I've performed with many notable musicians such as Martha Reeves (Motown), Sister Nancy (reggae/dancehall), Stefon Harris (jazz, Grammy nominee), Orbert Davis (jazz, Emmy winner), Patti LaBelle (R&B), and Jennifer Hudson (pop). With these acts and others, I've performed on some of Chicago's most iconic stages, including Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Harris Theater, Credit Union 1 Arena, Metro, and many more.

I have extensive film experience having performed on Fox's Empire (4 seasons), Green Screen Adventures (Emmy-winning children's show), and The Jerry Springer Show -- ask me about that at our next lesson!

I compose music for video games like Adventurer Manager, which has been played by over 60,000 Steam users. I'm currently working with Picklefeet Games on their latest release, The Wind and Wilting Blossom, a combat strategy game set in the war-torn lands of Heian period Japan.

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8 Photos & Videos

Experience

Music Director
Jan 2019 - Present

DLC Music

www.dlcmusic.com

Producer
May 2016 - Present

3 Sigma Audio

www.3sigmaaudio.com

Assistant Music Director
Aug 2007 - Present

St. Ignatius College Prep

- Run rehearsals with band, choir, and orchestra - Teach Intro to Music and Music Theory courses

Education

M. M. in Jazz Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Northern Illinois University

B. A. in Jazz Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2010

University of Illinois at Chicago

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Downbeat Student Music Award
Mar 2012

Downbeat Magazine

Rosebud Foundation Jazz Scholarship
Sep 2011

Northern Illinois University

Joy and Bob Harnack Scholarship for Instrumental Music
Sep 2008

University of Illinois at Chicago

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