The Promise…The Challenge: A Suzuki Teacher’s Pledge
Video: 12 minutes
Hailing from Sycamore, IL (just west of Chicago), Dan’s musical education began with nine years of Suzuki method classical violin lessons with the head of the Northern Illinois University string program, Ann Montzka-Smelser. After enrolling at the University of Illinois (where he earned a degree in Ethnomusicology), he joined with the Corn Desert Ramblers bluegrass group in Urbana, IL (in 2006). This was the start of a wonderful adventure of performance music including live shows with them and other groups in town for over five years. Dan was excited beyond expression to join the Henhouse Prowlers in 2012 and has embraced with open arms the start of another great bluegrass adventure!