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About Me

My name is Dan Mazer. Using the stage name "BanjerDan," I'm a banjo player/multi-instrumentalist based near Los Gatos, CA. 

My music is an Americana mix, rooted in straight-ahead bluegrass and branching out to include folk, country, blues, oldies, and other styles. I started playing Scruggs-style banjo in 1974, and earned a B.A. in Music Theory in 1984 from The George Washington University. The banjo has taken me all over the U.S. and overseas, as a solo artist, as a member of bands, and in theatrical productions and orchestras, in venues ranging from street corner busking to bar/coffeehouse gigs, to children's shows, private parties and corporate events, to music festivals, Opryland, USA, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. I've been a member of J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters, The Jackstraws, D.J. & The C.B. Pickers, and Rockcreek. Along the way I've shared the stage and/or sat in with The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Del McCoury Band, The Yonder Mountain String Band, Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Steve Key, and many other artists.
I've always enjoyed live theater, and have the opportunity to participate in many musical theater productions, including "Cabaret," "Chicago," "Oklahoma!,", and eight productions of "The Robber Bridegroom," including at Le Petite Theatre  du Vieux Carre in New Orleans. The most notable of those productions include "Pump Boys and Dinettes" at The Tennessee Center for the Performing Arts, the world premiere of "A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage" at the Round House Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, Andrew Zox's brilliant "My Way Little Girl" at the Washington, DC Fringe Festival, and a truly outstanding production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's "Bright Star" with The Palo Alto Players in 2019.
My interest in classical music and ability to read notation has led to some very fun and challenging gigs in that realm. My favorites so far have been William Grant Still's "Afro American Symphony" and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with The American Youth Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" with Frank Solivan in Virginia, and by far my most memorable, Kurt Weill's "Little Threepenny Music" with the Owensboro, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
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