As a toddler, my grandmother first introduced me to music by singing & playing the piano for me... I was told it wasn't long before I learned when to turn the pages for her!
When I finished 4th grade, my father bought me my first trumpet... from the Montgomery Ward catalog!
I began my professional career in 1979 (I was still in high school) as a trombonist for the Sammy Kaye Orchestra.
My regular performances include:
Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Vocals with The Headliners, one of the most popular & award winning bands in the southeastern United States.
Bass Guitarist, Keyboardist & Singer/Entertainer in my solo act "Danny D's Retro Show!".
Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Vocals with the Martin Lesch Quartet, every Monday night at the Jazz Corner, ranked (for the 4th year in a row!) one of the 'Top 100 Jazz Rooms in the World' by Downbeat Magazine.
Vocalist (Tenor), Bass Guitarist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Trombone for the St. Luke's Episcopal Choir, Praise Band & Brass Quartet/Quintet.
In my over 35 years experience as a professional, I have become an accomplished:
Recording & Mastering Engineer & Producer at my professional home-based digital recording studio.
Some career highlights:
Sang the National Anthem at an NFL game following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Shared the stage with countless national recording artists including: James Brown, Wolfman Jack, The Commodores, Sammy Kaye & Maureen McGovern.
Scored an internationally released 75 minuted movie soundtrack, including all foley (sound effects).
My genres include: