Spring 1966

BIO

Dan has been drumming for his entire life. Wanting to be more than a drummer, he picked up guitar, bass, piano, and trumpet.

Early education includes snare drum studies with John W. McMahan, author of "Readin', Ritin', & Rudiments." Dan would go on to study with Richard Paul of Paul Mueller Studios in Indianapolis, IN, and would continue with Mr. Paul through his second year of college, as a Pecussion Arts major.

Dan played drums with the marching band and the Theatre Group orchestra. He also played drums and occasional guitar with Pep Band and Jazz Band.

Summer 1981

Dan competed in annual ISSMA state solo competitions, winning first place designations, with only one second place.

Dan was one of 124 students selected, out of the 14,000 from three states who auditioned, for the first-ever Cincinnati Reds High School Honors Band in 1983, and was designed Drum Line Leader.

Dan attended Ball State University from 1983-85, participating in their Percussion Arts program for the first year, before changing majors to Psychology. During his second year, he was the bassist, studio drummer, co-writer, and manager of his college band, The Beertonez. He was also lead guitarist for The Switch, out of Spiceland.

Dan moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to pursue music as a career. In the mid-to-late 1980s, Dan served as Music Director for two live performance plays, and was the co-writer, music writer, and MIDI programmer for "In The Chips."

Also in the mid-to-late 1980s, Dan performed as a drummer, keyboard player, bassist, and guitarist for a handful of bands.

During the 1990s, Dan continued as a drummer, although he put a great deal of energy into songwriting. Most notably, he wrote the music for Ruby Cassidy's album, "The Mystic Dancer." Dan also participated as a consultant for a second run of "In The Chips," and was active as drummer and co-writer for the band "Sun On Skin."

Recording with Karma McCartney

From 1999 to 2014, Dan was drumming in a variety of projects. He played drums in "Secret" for a year, before forming "WHIPLADS." In 2002, he joined "Noodle Muffin" as their live drummer.

Dan played drums with a few other bands, and did some fill-in gigs as well. His primary focus would be on Noodle Muffin, taking on additional roles with the band's studio efforts, playing drums, fretless bass, guitar, keyboards,trombone, banjo, and any other noise that can be produced.

In early 2014, Dan suffered a Labrum Tear in his right shoulder, which took him out of commission for a few years. During this time, he focused on guitar studies, as well as Music Theory training.

By late 2015, Dan had healed sufficiently enough to return to drumming.

Dan is currently drumming, writing, and playing other instruments in-studio with Noodle Muffin.

The past has been full of adventures.

The future is full of opportunity.

The present is happening.

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