DAN TAGUCHI (music, lyrics for "A Chance for Love" from MANZANAR: Story of an American Family) has been making music since the seventh grade. He performed with a number of musical groups, including the UCLA AND CSUN Jazz Ensembles. Dan is a woodwind specialist (saxophone, flute, and clarinet). He also plays keyboards, acoustic guitar, and electric bass professionally.
Dan has been teaching music in the secondary schools of Southern California for twenty-nine years. He is currently on the faculty of the Hamilton Academy of Music, the largest performing arts magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he teaches Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi, Advanced Placement Music Theory, Guitar, and Musical Theater Pit Orchestra. He also works with the Reseda Community Adult School Jazz Ensembles, and is the music director at the Union Church of Los Angeles. Ensembles under Dan's direction have performed at such prestigious venues as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Dan is the co-composer of the musical play, "MANZANAR: Story of an American Family" (http://manzanarthemusical.com) with his long time friend and collaborator, Russell McCoy. Dan has worked with East West Players, America's premier Asian American theater organization, as musical director for MANZANAR and NISEI WIDOWS CLUB HOLIDAY ON THIN ICE. His other musical theater credits include: CABARET, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE ME NOBODY KNOWS, GREASE, CHICAGO, INTO THE WOODS, ANYTHING GOES, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, DAMN YANKEE, PROMISES PROMISES, BYE BYE BIRDIE, SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE PAJAMA GAME, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and GYPSY. Dan resides in Winnetka, California with his wife, Lily, and their daughter Kiana.
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