Danny is a long time veteran of the Montreal music scene. Through his years of High School, he played in various places including church fairs, variety shows, and even a couple of clubs. After completing High School, he decided to study music at the college level. There he spent three years as a student of Robert Slapcoff, who is a percussionist for the M.S.O., and with Nassier Abdul Khabard, who played with Dizzy Gillespie.
After College, Danny started to work in a local recording studio called R.I.O. This studio was also a record company that was owned and operated by Bob “Rags” Ramaglia. Bob is best known for managing such people as Corey Hart and April Wine. There, Danny learned the “in’s and out’s” of the music business. He spent time as an engineer and studio musician, playing drums for many professional projects that were recording there.
A year of work at this studio was great experience for Danny, but it was time to move on. He then put most of his time in a tribute to Pink Floyd named “Eclipse“. The following years were spent touring with this band and playing many of the largest club and arena venues in Quebec, Ontario and New York. They have headlined festivals and special concert events all over, as well as sharing the stage with such acts as Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, B.T.O, Wild T and the Spirit, The Headpins and many more.
With his many years of playing the club and festival scene, he grabbed the attention of Quebec icon Guy Cloutier Communications. Danny was called upon to do some studio demo work for a few up coming artists. As well, he was performing with EMI International recording artists INFINI-T. The band has now since disbanded, but being part of the band gave Dan the opportunity to play in front or thousands of their fans, including festival shows with crowds ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 people. INFINI-T has shared the stage with such Quebec acts as Dan Bigras, Laurence Jalbert and La Chicane. Dan appeared in their third video ‘Comment T’Oublier’ which had regular airplay on Musique Plus and Much Music. He was also a part of a half hour live set to launch their last CD ‘Lethal’ on Musique Plus. INFINI-T were also guests on Canada’s ‘Open Mike with Mike Bullard‘ show along with Mad T.V.’s Will Sasso and Sylvester Stallone’s mother Jackie Stallon. This show was Mike Bullards highest rated show of that year, exposing Danny to an estimated 1.2 Million viewers.
His past original bands (Ecclestone and Veronica Speedwell) has gained him the experience of releasing a few full length CD’s, which received airplay on local radio stations CHOM FM and K103. These bands also gained exposure opening up for some major international acts like : Mike Tramp (ex-singer / White Lion), Nazareth, April Wine, Steppenwolf, Sloan and have played with YES at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto.
In 2006, Dan left for 2 months to play in Casablanca, Morocco at the famous Armstrong club with his cover band Matador. Playing 6 nights a week and spending his days on the coast of Africa was a great experience for him. He’s since returned to Morocco two more times since then to play at the Sofitel, a 5 star luxury hotel, in Agadir and in Marrakech for the International Film Festival.
Dan currently runs his own music production studio where he’s recorded and produced some records for various artists from Canada and the U.S. In 2011, he won the Lys Blues award for the “Best Blues and Associated Styles” album for Carolyn-Fe Blues Collective’s “Original Sin”, an album which he co-wrote, produced and played on.
Along with all of this, Dan is also part of Floyd Story Productions Inc. The company was created to produce … Eclipse – The PINK FLOYD Story. A full out multimedia production with videos, moving lights and lasers. A sound and visual experience. Aside form being the drummer in this project, Dan is also responsible for all the video editing and creation, sound sampling and sequencing, visual consultant and all graphic work relating to promotion and website. The band has been playing festivals, theaters, arenas and have sold out the Forest National arena in Brussels, Belgium.
Aside from the drums, Danny also plays the guitar, bass, piano / keys and anything he can get his hands on!! His musical influences are a wide range from all classic rock bands, funk / dance bands, heavy music to jazz. With this knowledge, Dan likes to think of himself as a well rounded musician and not “just another drummer”.