DAN WEISS: SAN DIEGO BASSOONIST
An Abbreviated Resume:
An Abbreviated Resume:
A Texas transplant who landed in Southern California, bassoonist Dan Weiss has traveled the country performing, collaborating, and teaching bassoon to a wide variety of audiences. He has been both soloist and section member of symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, and stage productions, and has worked to spread the love and appreciation of classical music to new groups of people through exciting performances and demonstrations.
At a young age, Dan began experimenting with bassoon, later picking up sax and guitar. In high school, along with preparing for state-level competitions, Dan sat principal bassoon of the Gilbert and Sullivan Production Orchestra, and attended the summer band and orchestra camps held at Texas Tech University. He attended the summer Interlochen Arts Academy advanced bassoon institute and summer orchestra for two years.
After exploring options in music performance, Dan decided to pursue architecture and city design at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Moving to the Central Coast of California provided many advantages for music making, and Dan had the opportunity to play with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Music Academy of the West Festival Chamber Ensemble, and was invited with his quintet to the Carmel Bach Festival. The quintet also performed annually at Festival Mozaic, the world renowned Mozart Festival of San Luis Obispo.
Since moving to San Diego, Dan has performed with a number of groups, including the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival, San Diego City Ballet, Opera NEO, the Villa Musica Symphony Orchestra, New City Sinfonia, San Diego Junior Theatre, and the Imperial Valley Symphony. He co-founded the Left Coast Quintet, an ensemble that seeks out innovative jazz and pops arrangements for wind ensemble. Dan is the manager for Villa Musica Symphony, and contracts musicians for a variety of performances around the city, including corporate events, weddings, and fundraisers.
What is a bassoon???
The majority of people probably don't even know what a bassoon is! Everyone has heard of a clarinet, saxophone, or trumpet, but somehow the bassoon is left out. Yet, it is one of the most unique instruments in the orchestra, with a voice that spans over three octaves and a sound that no other instrument can duplicate. To read more about the bassoon, it's history, and why it is so amazing, click on the picture to go to the Bassoon Resource!