Dan Starr and The Dan Starr Alignment
Dan Starr: A Short Autobiography
Born in Tucson, Arizona in 1952, I've lived here ever since. I began playing organ at 15 and took formal training focusing on popular standards rather than classical music. By 16, I was performing in public. I also indulged my ego by playing in rock bands all through high school. My music career was soon sidetracked by college, followed by many years in public relations and marketing. During this period, I first taught myself to play the piano and later received formal instruction.
In 1987, I put all my skills together and began two new careers, one as a piano and keyboard instructor and the second as an entertainer. As the technology of electronic instruments advanced, I kept pace, purchasing and performing on some of the first digital pianos, synthesizers, and portable keyboards. Both careers have prospered over the years. I've kept a full time music teaching practice , due primarily to my philosophy of teaching adult hobbyists to play for their own enjoyment. (Much more on this at www.danstarr.com
, my "music teaching website.")
At first, I focused my performing and entertaining efforts on making music for private functions. I performed hundreds of private "gigs": dances, parties, weddings, fund raisers, funerals, concerts, graduations, art shows, fashion shows - you name it and chances are I did it, both as a solo performer and as a band member, playing rock, country, classical, jazz, standards, blues, Broadway, the whole "enchilada."
However, as much as I enjoyed playing "other people's music" when entertaining, my heart's desires since I wrote my first song at age 17 has been to perform MY OWN songs and compositions. Thus, in December of 2001, I released my first CD which contained my original solo piano music. It was entitled "Passage to Home." This first recording met with a great deal of success due, I believe, to the quality of its melodies and the fact it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
My next CD, "Distant Lands," was released in November of 2006 and featured my latest compositions of beautiful instrumental music. With this CD, I made use of the full power of my Yamaha digital piano and its super realistic sounds to create a musical “world tour.”
Now, in 2008, I've release my most ambitious CD yet: "Hope and Change." It's quite a change, since this is a recording of my pop/rock songs (YES, I do write lyrics and sing) done by my band, The Dan Starr Alignment.