Thursday, December 17th, 2009 2:58 PM PST

Dan Savell - double second pans

Dan Savell began playing steel drums ten years ago while at Fullerton College (in Southern California) and immediately took to the instrument. While at Fullerton College, he played with Big Bamboo Steel Band and performed with renowned pan greats Ken Philmore, Robert Greenidge, and Boogsie Sharpe. He began doing solo steel drum performances soon after. In 1996, Dan transferred to California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and studied with percussion maestro John Bergamo. There he studied improvisation with trumpeter Leo Smith and guitarist Larry Koonse. Dan has visited Trinidad twice, performing with “Phase II” and “Desperadoes” Steelbands in Panorama, the annual competition that occurs during Carnival.
 
Dan graduated from Cal Arts in 1998 with his Bachelors degree in Percussion. Since then he has become a full- time professional steel drum player, performing regularly at private and public events. Because of his expertise, he was hired as the steel drum consultant on the hit NBC TV show, "The Office". Dan is also the owner of L.A. Percussion Rentals.
Visit his web sight at: www.dansavell.com