Dana Starkell

Classical Guitar from Davenport, IA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$200 - $2000 per event
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About
**WINNER OF "TOP NATIONAL GUITARIST" ON GIGMASTERS**
Dana Starkell received Gigmasters Best of 2012-2016 awards as a solo classical guitarist. Dana performs for receptions, cocktail hours, and special occasions. Dana's lifelong passion for music, performing experience, and elegant classical guitar repertoire will make him a perfect compliment to your event. You will appreciate his prompt and professional service.

Dana began his solo career during a two-year world-record canoe trip from Canada to Brazil. During a stop in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Dana performed his first formal concert at The University of West Indies. A few months later, Dana's second performance was held at a small restaraunt in city of Belem, Brazil. Soon-after his return from South America, Dana won the Senior Classical Guitar category of the Manitoba Music Festival and he has continued to develop his skills from that time. Dana has attended master classes held by world renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, and taken lessons from John Sutherland, David Brandon, and Norbert Kraft. Dana's music is available on iTunes – three albums spanning Renaissance, Spanish, and Baroque styles.

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Gold Member
100+ GigMasters Bookings
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!
2011 - Top Guitarist

Wedding Ceremony

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Dana just played at our wedding in September at the Botanical Garden in Des Moines and he did an amazing job for us. He really is a talented musician and everyone tremendously enjoyed his music. What's more, he was so easy to work with and really went out of his way to understand what we wanted. He was always on the ball with follow-up and planning and everything was exactly as he described. To say he over-delivered is an understatement. He was our favorite wedding vendor, hands down. Book him for your next event, you won't regret it!!!!!!

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Dana was amazing to work with for our wedding. He is incredibly talented, creative and beyond professional. He was such a pleasure to work with and his music was loved by all of our family and friends. Thank u Dana!!

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With 3 days notice, I contracted with Dana to provide music for a very small chapel wedding to surprise the bride and groom. Dana's website was an enormous help, allowing me to listen to the pieces before we selected the music. Dana did a great job. We were delighted with his professional, unobtrusive service. Most importantly, the music was positively lovely and truly added to the special day. The guests commented on how much they loved the music. We wished he didn't have to stop and that we could have taken him along to play for the rest of the evening! I highly recommend Dana for a wedding and think he'd be great for a full night of musical entertainment.

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Dana played at my future daughter in law's shower in Chicago. He was great.!! Our guests (and myself) loved his music. He was punctual, highly professional and accommodating. I would definitely invite him back for future parties.

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Celebration

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Dana was perfect for our wedding shower. I received many compliments on his performance. He tried to provide soft and enjoyable sounds to allow the crowd to socialize thru the event. Thanks again Dana.

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Dana played at our wedding in Orland Park, IL. He was wonderful and professional during the whole planning process and on the day of the wedding. He called us immediately after we inquired about his services. He kept in contact during all of the planning and even played us songs over the phone when we were choosing our selections. Dana was flexible and professional throughout the whole process. He even learned a song that meant a lot to us. On the day of the wedding, he was timely, professional, and played beautifully. He even took the time to speak with my husband's uncle about their shared interest of classical guitar. I would definitely recommend him to others.

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If I ever need a performer for an event, I will call Dana and see if he is available.  He was totally accommodating when I asked him  to make a change or 2 to his list of songs;  he was a joy to work with both pre-event and at the event;  his rate of pay was terrific;  and, we all really liked him!!!! Mary Louder

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Wedding Reception

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Dana, You went above and beyond to make our ceremony and reception enjoyable for us and all of our guests. Your pre-session planning was crucial to making sure all of the details were finalized and that things went according to plan. Your music provided a great atmosphere for the cocktail hour and multiple guests have inquired about you with compliments.   You are a very talented musician and you did an outstanding job.   Thanks again and best of luck! Travis Dearmont

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Dana was absolutely fabulous to work with! He was responsive to all of our emails and questions in a timely manner and very easy to get in touch with--which I cannot even begin to say how much I appreciated. Dana took time to go through all our wedding music selections with us (played everything through, offered suggestions, noted music styles we liked/disliked, and got to know us). Dana made the very long 4.5 hour drive to and from Omaha. He was punctual, professional, and arrived early to set up, meet the bridal party, and rehearse with our vocalist. We highly recommend Dana and his talent. We are so glad we decided to have him play on our wedding day!

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Hi Dana, I can only say that the evening here was magical, and everyone else agrees. You've got a winning formula with music, historical stuff regarding the classical guitar, and context provided by stories from your trip to the Amazon. I spoke to Margaret today and the wheels are turning already for next year. Ray

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2019
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Duck Creek Park
Davenport, IA
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2019
May
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Minnesota Boat Club
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4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Dec
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Thuder Bay Grill
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2018
Oct
28
Lorelei Cabins
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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Oct
6
Tournament Club of Iowa
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3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Sep
20
Big Cedar Lodge
Ridgedale, MO
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Aug
4
TaxSlayer Center
Moline, IL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
May
26
Hauberg Estate
Rock Island, IL
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2018
Apr
22
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Davenport, IA
10:30 PM - 11:15 PM
2018
Mar
18
Sharonville Convention Center
Cincinnati, OH
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2018
Jan
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Peoria Civic Center
Peoria, IL
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Autographed CD
 
Ave Maria
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude in C (BWV 846)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude in D (BVW 1007)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Johann Sebastian Bach
Minuet in G
Johann Sebastian Bach
Largo
Antonio Vivaldi
Gymnopedie I
Erik Satie
Isla Verde
Dana Starkell
Veracruz
Dana Starkell
Delphina Azul
Dana Starkell
Corina
Santino Garsi Da Parma
SPANISH
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Adelita
Francisco Tarrega
Cajita De Musica
Francisco Tarrega
Lagrima
Francisco Tarrega
Lento
Francisco Tarrega
Maria
Francisco Tarrega
Recuerdos De La Alhambra
Francisco Tarrega
Spanish Romance
Traditional
Gallarda
Gaspar Sanz
CLASSICAL-BAROQUE
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Praeludium
Johann Sebastian Bach
Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach
Allemande
Johann Sebastian Bach
Courante
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sarabande
Johann Sebastian Bach
Bouree
Johann Sebastian Bach
Gigue
Johann Sebastian Bach
Allegro Giusto
Antonio Vivaldi
Allegro
Antonio Vivaldi
Prelude
Robert De Visee
Allemande
Robert De Visee
Courante
Robert De Visee
Sarabande
Robert De Visee
Gavotte
Robert De Visee
Minuet I & II
Robert De Visee
Bouree
Robert De Visee
Gigue
Robert De Visee
Sonata in A
Domenico Cimmarosa
Sonata in C#m
Domenico Cimmarosa
Sonata in D
Domenico Cimmarosa
Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach
Loure
Johann Sebastian Bach
Gavotte En Rondeau
Johann Sebastian Bach
Minuet I & II
Johann Sebastian Bach
Bouree (E Major)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Gigue (E Major)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Etude Sencillos
Leo Brower
Gymnopedie 1
Erik Satie
Gymnopedie II
Erik Satie
Gymnopedie III
Erik Satie
Koyunbaba-Presto
Carlo Domeniconi
Dee
Randy Rhoads
RENAISSANCE
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Bockington's Pound
Francis Cutting
Catena Of Love
Cesare Negri
Come Again
John Dowland
Corrente
Gaspa Sanz
Currant
Anon.
Dance For A Lady
Cesare Negri
Dance - Danza
Anon.
The Foog
William Bride
Double Time
Anon.
Entree De Luth
Robert Ballard
Gallarda
Gaspa Sanz
Galliard - Sink-A-Pace
Anon.
Giga
Gaspa Sanz
Go From My Window
Anon.
Greensleeves
Anon.
I Know Who Has Fun
Cesare Negri
Kemp's Jig
Anon.
Masquerade
Anon.
Mistress Nichols Almand
John Dowland
My Lady Hunsdon's Allemande
John Dowland
Mistress Winter's Jumpe
John Dowland
Pavana
Gaspa Sanz
Robinson's May
Thomas Robinson
Round Battle Galliard
John Dowland
Saltarello
Vincenzo Galilei
Se Io M'Accorgo-Madrigal
Anon.
Song Of The Nymphs
Cesare Negri
The Squirrel's Toy
Francis Cutting
A Toy
Jane Pickering's Lute Book
Treccie D'Oro
Anon.
Willson's Wilde
Anon.
White Flower
Cesare Negri
Watkin's Ale
Anon.
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles
In My Life
The Beatles
Canon in D (Pachelbel's Canon)
Johann Pachelbel
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Please note Dana Starkell will also travel to Pleasant Valley, Rock Island, Bettendorf, Moline, Mc Causland, Eldridge, Buffalo, Blue Grass, East Moline, Hampton, Milan, Montpelier, Walcott, Andalusia, Silvis, Carbon Cliff, Coal Valley, Dixon, Donahue, Long Grove, Barstow, Le Claire, Rapids City, Taylor Ridge, Stockton, Colona, Princeton, Port Byron, Durant, New Liberty.
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