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Dan Schnelle

“Those who know Dan Schnelle as a sideman will recognize his master musicianship right off the bat as he lays the foundation for this absorbing music, but they'll probably also come to realize that there's far more to the man than his stick work. In crafting a program built on boundless imagination and a fearless approach to collaboration, Schnelle sets himself apart as a composer and a leader.”

- -Dan Bilawsky, AAJ 

Dan Schnelle is one of the most talented, in-demand drummers in the Los Angeles area. Known for an intuitive ability to provide precisely what is necessary for each performance, Schnelle understands how to make other musicians comfortable, while bringing enough of the unexpected to his playing to keep it consistently exciting. Unsatisfied with the idea that the drum set is merely a time-keeping device, Schnelle is thoughtful about how this unique instrument, with its nearly limitless variety of sounds, can be tastefully and effectively deployed in a wide variety of musical situations.

Years spent collaborating with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles (and beyond) have earned him a reputation as a hard-working, professional, and creative team player; one who is, above all, committed to musical excellence. Notable collaborators in the studio and on tour have included: Billy Childs, Jeff Babko, David Benoit, Sara Gazarek, Jeff Parker, Karrin Allyson, Rachel Eckroth, Josh Nelson, Laurence Hobgood, Jane Monheit, Joshua White, Tim Lefebvre, John Daversa, Dayna Stephens, Tigran Hamasyan, Walter Smith III, Anthony Wilson, Ben Wendel, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and many others.

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