Composer, educator, and guitarist Mike Dana maintains a busy schedule of teaching, conducting, and performing in the U.S., Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He studied at CSU Fresno, Berklee, and Boston University, and privately with jazz guitar legend Joe Pass. He is a regular faculty member of Jazz Education Abroad, and was named a State Department Cultural Envoy to Thailand as a member of the Allison Miller Quartet.
Mike’s compositions for jazz ensemble have been performed throughout the world, by groups at all levels. Recent commissions include new music for the 2019 JEN conference and the Taipei Jazz Orchestra.
His commitment to jazz education includes conducting state-wide and regional honor ensembles, presenting at conferences, serving as artist- or composer-in-residence. In 2018, Mike was named California Jazz Educator of the Year, and inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame.
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