When asked to describe himself in just a few words Dan answered: "Passionate about life." No doubt much of this influence has come from many of the unique experiences Dan has had so far. At the age of fifteen he spent six months in Germany as an exchange student immersing himself in the culture, attending high school, and living with a host family. Describing the time in Europe he said, "I really feel this is one of the monumental experiences in my life that just awakened my eyes to the world out there that is waiting to be lived."



After high school, Dan attended Northwest State Community where he attained associate degrees of Business Management and Marketing. He then was admitted into the "Semester at Sea" program where he spent an academic semester sailing the world visiting various destinations abroad, gathering stories such as trekking the amazon, shark diving with great whites, and climbing the Great Wall of China. Dan went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in International Studies and holds a Master's Degree from the University of London in England with a specialization in "Poverty Reduction."



Dan began playing piano at age eight and was motivated along by his older siblings. At age thirteen, he began studying classical piano under Luke Bartolomeo who went on to found "The Perrysburg School of Music." Dan attended "Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp," an International Music Camp in the Manistee National Forest of western Michigan, where he was able to gain insight from skilled teaches from around the world. A couple years later he began working with a local Children's Hospital as a musical therapist using his music to help children during their hospital stays. Dan released his first album, "Reflections of Christmas," which was followed by "Secret Place" and then "Imaginations . He has performed a live production of his Christmas album at the Toledo Zoo and continues to share his musical gift at churches, stores, private concerts, and assisted living facilities. He is currently in the process of composing for a new series of albums which will begin to hit shelves later this year.

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