Originally from Kenosha, WI, Dan graduated from the University of North Texas, where he served as lead trumpeter in the famed One O'Clock Lab Band. Following graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and soon went on tour with the Woody Herman Band, followed by tours with Tom Jones, The Vine Street Horns, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Phil Collins, Al McKay and the L.A. All-Stars, Neil Diamond. He currently plays with the Bob Mintzer Big Band and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band.
Some of Dan's film and television credits include: Batman Returns, The Player, The Mask, Hancock, Head Of State, Bad Santa, Race To Witch Mountain, The Whole Ten Yards, Polar Express, Robots, Happy Feet, The Simpsons Movie, The Brothers Warner, Meet The Robinsons, Horton Hears A Who, Semi-Pro, G-Force, The Lorax, What Happens In Vegas, Hairspray, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Bah Humduck, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Evolution, Bolt, Pink Panther Deux, Tooth Fairy, The Princess & The Frog, Rio, Mars Needs Moms, Knight And Day, Toy Story 3, Parental Guidance, American Idol, Duets, America's Got Talent, Celebrity Duets, Boston Legal, Brothers And Sisters, Day Break, Home Improvement, The Simpsons, Memphis Beat, Dancing With The Stars, The Grammy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Cirque du Soleil: Iris, and many others. Dan has also performed with various artists on: Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, Rosie O'Donnell, Larry King, Dennis Miller, Arsenio Hall, Jon Stewart, etc.