Education and Background
Daniel started taking lessons on clarinet at age 9 and added saxophone at age 10. During his high school years he studied clarinet with Don Carol from the S.F. symphony, Bill Menkin, and Michael Corner, saxophone with Mary Fettig, Mel Martin, Burt Corelli and Rory Snyder. From 1988-90 Daniel attended U.S.C. as a music major where he studied privately with clarinetist Yahooda Gilad, classical saxophone with Doug Masek and jazz with Bob Sheppard. In1991 he transfered to the Berklee College of Music in order to focus more on jazz performance. At Berklee he studied privately with George Garzone, Bill Pierce, Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook and continued studying classical clarinet with Peter Cokinias. He graduated magna cum laude in 1994. After leaving Berklee Daniel continued his education with Victor Morosco on saxophone, clarinet and flute. Presently Daniel is studying classical Indian music with Satish Gadagkar.
While in high school Daniel performed with his own classical wind quintet, jazz combo, the California Youth Symphony, the Monterey Jazz Festival Big Band, the All State Wind Orchestra, and the All State Jazz Band. He moved to New York in 2000 and formed “The Hub,” an avant garde jazz trio, that toured extensively in Europe, Japan and the U.S. from 2000-04. He moved back to the Bay Area in 2005 and has been performing with the Fil Lorenz Jazz Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Funky Buela, The Avatar Ensemble, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Ernie Smalls Jazz Orchestra, Chester Smith, Donald Bailey, and the Wind Up Trio.
Daniel began teaching privately in 1991 and has continued ever since. Some of his students have played in All State and County Honor Bands.
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
Dan helps his students to develop a strong foundation on their instruments as well as in music in general. He has a flexible approach, tailoring the lessons to the needs and interests of each student. His primary goal as a teacher is to help others to express themselves through music and gain a deeper appreciation of music in general. He encourages his students to enjoy playing music every day and to listen.
Dan joined the CSMA Music Faculty in 2010. He teaches private saxophone and clarinet lessons.