MUSICIAN


Dan has been a drummer for over 20 years, performing all over the world in every setting imaginable. He began his journey into the music of the Caribbean and Africa at West Virginia University. While obtaining his Mastersin Music Performance, Dan regularly performed under the tutelage of Ghanian master drummer Dr. Paschal Younge and in the steelband of pan master Ellie Manette, who is credited as the father of the modern day steel drum instrument. Dan’s musical passage continued from there to Ghana, West Africa where he studied traditional African drumming and dancing, and to the Caribbean island ofTrinidad, where the amazing history of the Steel drum began.  Today Dan is a teacher, arranger, and performer of steel drum music, including writing and performing in Caribbean Traditions and Passport to Rhythm which are Gateway to the Arts educational shows on the history of the steel drum and the intermixing of percussion music from all over the world.  He performs over fifty times a year on the steel drums as a solo artist and with the Caribbean Jazz group Resonance.  Dan continues to work in other areas of world percussion as well, with occasional stints in the UMOJA African Dance Company, the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, and Tuika's Polynesian Magic, a music and dance theater group of the Polynesian islands.

Educator


Dan is Assistant Director of Percussion at Mt. Lebanon High School.  He teaches private percussion lessons on all instruments in addition to teaching Percussion Ensemble and running the African Ensemble, which focuses on music from the countries of Guinea and Ghana in West Africa.  Mr. Meunier is also director of the the Mt. Lebanon Percussion Camp, having taught the Percussion Ensemble and World Drumming classes.  In addition to his duties at Mt. Lebanon, Dan teaches private lessons on snare drum, drum set, steel drums and hand drums at Brighton Music Center. Also, as a residency artist, Dan teaches several residencies a year in Pennsylvania and Ohio as an African and Caribbean artist.