Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Dan started his music career playing clarinet at the age of seven. Since then, he has performed in many venues, from jazz clubs in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, to jazz festivals drawing thousands of fans, to performing on local, national and international television and radio, including an appearance on Whad'ya Know with Michael Feldman on Public Radio International.
He has appeared with or opened for a wide variety of international, national and local artists, including Stevie Wonder, Spyrogyra, Kenny Loggins, Jay Leno, Jeffrey Osborne, Gato Barbieri, Keiko and Kazu Matsui, Richie Cole, Gerry Mulligan, Pete Jolly, Mills Brothers, Harry James Band, Ted Curson, Judy Roberts, Bill Reichenbach, Joe Morello, Little Anthony, The Drifters, Freda Payne, Latin music star Selena and Grammy winners Grupo Niche.
Classically trained on clarinet at Arizona State University, Dan has performed with the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra and the Glendale Community Orchestra. Over his 30-year period of study, he has studied with jazz and classical music educators including George Cables, Gary Foster, Eric Kloss, Joe Corral, Chuck Mahronic, Vince Maggio, Jack Ratterree and W. Henry Duckham.
Dan was a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University West in 1998 and has been a Roster Artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts since 1992. He has provided workshops, master classes and lecture/demonstrations to over 25,000 students in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities, musician's unions, and community centers throughout Arizona and Mexico.