Dan has been an active performer and educator throughout the country. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance and Education from the University of Iowa where during his schooling he acted as the Percussion Director for City High School in Iowa City, IA, and assisted the Davenport Central High School Marching Blue Devils from Davenport, IA. Dan obtained his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Dakota. He has held positions as an adjunct professor in music for both Northwestern College, and Buena Vista University. Dan worked with several schools in the Los Angeles area while completing an internship with Yamaha Corporation of America's Band and Orchestral Division. He has been a student of many fine percussion educators such as Dan Moore, Darin Wadley, Michael Spiro, Dave Samuels, Dick Sisto, Jim Dreier, Liam Teague, Los Muñequitos de Motanzas, and several others. As an active member of the Vic Firth Education Team, Dan has taught numerous clinics, classes, and private lessons for students of all levels. He has acted as a designer, arranger, staff coordinator, and educator for the Americanos Drum and Bugle Corps of Menasha, WI, and for the Kilties Senior Drum and Bugle Corps of Racine, WI. Dan was a member of both the Nite Express and Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been a public school teacher with the Waco Independent School District in Waco, TX, and is currently the Director of Instrumental Music for the Neosho School District in Neosho, MO.