A Texas transplant who landed in Southern California, bassoonist and contrabassoonist Dan Weiss has traveled the country performing, collaborating, and teaching bassoon to a wide variety of audiences. He has been both soloist and section member of symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, and stage productions, and has worked to spread the love and appreciation of classical music to new groups of people through exciting performances and demonstrations.
Since moving to the Central Coast of California in 2001, Dan has enjoyed the great amount of music making available in the State, including having the opportunity to play with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Music Academy of the West Festival Chamber Ensemble, and the Carmel Bach Festival. He regularly performed with the San Luis Obispo Wind Quintet, including exhibition performances at Festival Mozaic, the annual world renowned Mozart Festival of San Luis Obispo. Since moving to San Diego in 2006, Dan has performed with a number of groups, including the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra, San Diego City Ballet, Opera NEO, the Villa Musica Symphony Orchestra, New City Sinfonia, San Diego Junior Theatre, and the Imperial Valley Symphony, as well as performances in concert with Evanescense and Lindsey Stirling. He co-founded and is the Artistic Director of the Left Coast Quintet, an ensemble that seeks out innovative jazz and pops arrangements for small wind ensemble, and performs locally at events like December Nights in Balboa Park, ArtWalk, the Best of San Diego gala, and numerous weddings throughout Southern California.