Dan is a Cum Laude graduate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and has been playing piano and keyboards on the Atlanta music scene since 1981. Dan has played with and led bands for numerous local and regional acts. He was a staff musician for the Ritz Carlton Buckhead for thirty years. There he led instrumental trios, piano and vocal duos, trios with vocalist, as well as solo sets.
He has worked as musical director/band leader for many Atlanta and regional Rhythm and Blues singers including: Robin Brown, Liz Spraggins, and Jane Powell. His bands at the Ritz have featured vocalists like Theresa Hightower, Cheryl Renee, Sheila Wheat, and Elaine Garrett.
Dan has led bands at corporate events and weddings for Mayfair Artist Representatives. Lee J. Howard Entertainment, Rupert’s Orchestra, and Event Performance.
Dan has been teaching privately for many years. The last ten years with Kevin Bales Studios where he teaches students how to function as a working keyboard player. He stresses harmony (how chords work), as well as the fundamentals of learning chords, and gets students to improvise in just a few lessons. Also, Dan has been a keyboard instructor for Chicago Joe’s Rock and Blues Camp, as well as Atlanta Rock and Blues Camp.
Dan continues to play gigs in Atlanta as well as continuing his own musical education and practice regimen.
Johanna Millin hails from New York City; where she grew up listening to jazz, rock, and R&B. She began music performance studies at Syracuse University, then returned to NYC to continue personal studies in piano and guitar. Once back in NYC, Johanna pursued a professional career in music; which led to performing in numerous rock bands, soul bands, and sitting in the pit of an off Broadway show.
In her own words:
"I love playing the guitar, and enjoy helping students discover they can play it too. I've been playing for over 20 years, and have performed 10+ of those years. While I was homeschooling my own children, I discovered a new passion - teaching! I am currently a guitar/piano/ukulele/bass instructor for an after-school program in Decatur. I also teach private lessons to students ages 5 yrs - 55 yrs. My strengths are patience, enthusiasm, and fun. I design lessons based on your learning style, and influences for older students. Music theory rounds out the lesson, so a student can read and play music. I look forward to meeting you, and furthering your musical interest."