in Batavia with his wife Irene and their two sons, August and Dixon.
His interest in music emerged at the age of nine with the discovery
of his uncle's trumpet in the attic. Dan subsequently started playing
the tuba in the fifth grade band and also enjoyed playing the baritone
and trombone during his earlier years. He studied further at the
Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Illinois and Northwestern
University. Before finishing college, Dan spent two years living
in Germany. There, his freelance work took him from the Octoberfest
Bands to the Nuernberg Philharmonic. In addition to the Chicago
Brass Quintet, he plays string bass with the Von Freeman Quintet
and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. On occasion Dan is also a guest with
the Chicago Symphony and many other musical organizations in Chicagoland.
He teaches jazz bass at Columbia College Chicago and tuba and euphonium
at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Dan always tries to
bring relaxed spontaneity and positive energy to every performance
and views his playing as a life-long endeavor.