Dan grew up in east Toledo, Ohio. At the age of 12 he took up bass and formed his first band, "The Hangsmen." Withn a few months The Hangsmen had regular gigs. That same year, he wrote his first song "The Grape."
Dan studied music at the University of Toledo, majoring in classisal guitar and upright string bass. After college, he taught at the prestigious Sam Martinez School of Classical Guitar. He formed "Blues Folk Revival" with Vicki and Wendy David continuing to performing in the Toledo area. He could also be heard playing solo or with the Sam Martinez Trio.
In 1975, Dan moved to Arizona. He continued teaching and performed for one season with blues harmonic great "Bullet" Bill Tarsha at the No Name Saloon in Phoenix, before forming pop duet "Imagination."
Today, his time is dedicated to writing and recording new material in all genres. He had a song placement in the hit MTV series Awkward and his music is licensed in seven TV/Film music libraries. Dan's CD "This State of Mind" was distributed throughout the Florida gulf coast via the Crabby Bill's seafood chain. It's title song was choosen for the background music for the Plumlee Gulf Beach Reality mobile app for IOS and Android. His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and streamed on Spotify.
Dan is a voting member of the Grammy's. He can be heard around Arizona performing solo.
His primary instruments are 6 and 12 string accoustic guitar, classical guitar, National Steel guitar, bass and ukulele. He also plays electric guitar, mandolin and a bit of keyboards, and vihuela.
Dan gathers inspiration traveling with Median and enjoying their home in Scottsdale, AZ, thier cabin in the northern mountains of Pine Arizona, regular trips to the beachs on the gulf coast of Florida, and wine tasting in the hills of the Paso Robles and Santa Barbara California wine country.