DAN CHRISE - Percussionist / Drummer / Musician

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I’ve been a drummer for 30 years. The first ten, I played professionally as the house drummer for the Holiday House in Pittsburgh, PA. and performed in local theaters as a percussionist for plays. I also taught Peabody High School students percussion ensemble and marching styles of drumming. During these years, I crafted some playing chops while marching in the “Steel City Ambassadors” from Pittsburgh. Then after several years, I auditioned for the “West Shoremen” from Harrisburg PA. I made weekly homage (350 mls, one way) to perform on a drumline that won first place in drums the DCA National Championships.

I needed to get a real job and move out of my parents house. So, I got an Electronics Degree and found a job of fixing computers. I started playing with “The Rick Maroni Band” during school, just to keep the juices flowing and learned some Latin dance music. Then I realized that different parts of the country has different weather so why the H#LL am I in cloudy cold Pittsburgh when Atlanta is beautiful most of the time?

What does Dan bring to the table?

  • Timekeeper to the edge of time and back
  • The experience to grasp any music expression
  • An innate ability to enhance the presence of the performers on stage
  • Adaptable
  • Expressive
  • Has an intangible skillset
  • Open to new musical ideas

My Journey


Holiday House for Gary Latshaw Productions – Olde Fashion show for seniors that were traveling from Canada to Florida, because that’s the law. The show was a musical journey through the 1920’s Flapper years, ‘30’s explosion of Bebop and Blues, ‘40’s Swing, and the ‘50’s touch of Latin and Rock. With Fantastic performers on stage and the first call guys in the band, I learned all that I could through those years.
Steel City Ambassador
1990
Shattered Glass – Rock & Roll band that played Pop hits of the day, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Nirvana, it was the ‘90s and there was grunge.
"Cabaret" McKeesport Theater and "Little Shop of Horrors"
1994
I decided to go back to school and get an Electronics Degree.
Rick Maroni Band – I played swing and Latin dance music at the Westin, in Church Hill Valley Pa. The interesting part of this gig, besides playing with really good musicians,was that the audience were members of 2 dance schools. When the better dancers would get on the floor, we would get caught in the flow of the rhythm and the movement of the Dance. It felt like a trance. As the dancers would move around the dance floor, it seemed like swans twirling and fluttering in syncopated rhythms
I moved from Pittsburgh to Atlanta for better weather.
Pyrite" - a touring Rock and Roll band for which I played percussion.
While working at Turner Studios as a Senior Broadcast Engineer, I noticed that we had musicians that wanted to play but had no connections to players that sat 2 cubes from each other. So, I organized 2 bands that played for the company holiday parties.
2003
"The Trio" The band from the show "Caberet" stayed together and played gigs around Atlanta.
"101 We'll do anything for Lunch Jam"-This band was started to try the weirdest things we could think of like Samba under "Blue Skies", mixing Monk, Miles and Copeland, mixing time signatures, etc.
2011-present
1988-1989
1989
1989-1993
Peabody High School – Taught the basics of reading music, interpretation of groove, playing within a group and the dynamics that are involved in Symphonic and Marching Percussion.
1991-1996
1992
1993
"Fiddler on the Roof" NorthStar Community Theater and West Shoreman
1995
1996
1997-1999
1999-2005
2001-2004
"Caberet" Decatur Community Theater
2004
2003-2005

2005-2007

123Blues - I started another band at studios. The only reason was to play from the soul. A Blues band meant for solos and a free opportunity to try different soloing aspects.
Holiday House for Gary Latshaw Productions – Olde Fashion show for seniors that were traveling from Canada to Florida, because that’s the law. The show was a musical journey through the 1920’s Flapper years, ‘30’s explosion of Bebop and Blues, ‘40’s Swing, and the ‘50’s touch of Latin and Rock. With Fantastic performers on stage and the first call guys in the band, I learned all that I could through those years.
1988-1989
1989
Steel City Ambassador
1989-1993
1990
Peabody High School – Taught the basics of reading music, interpretation of groove, playing within a group and the dynamics that are involved in Symphonic and Marching Percussion.
Shattered Glass – Rock & Roll band that played Pop hits of the day, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Nirvana, it was the ‘90s and there was grunge.
1991-1996
Shattered Glass – Rock & Roll band that played Pop hits of the day, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Nirvana, it was the ‘90s and there was grunge.
1991-1996
1991-1996
"Cabaret" McKeesport Theater and "Little Shop of Horrors"
1993
1994
"Fiddler on the Roof" NorthStar Community Theater and West Shoreman
"Fiddler on the Roof" NorthStar Community Theater and West Shoreman
1995
1995
Rick Maroni Band – I played swing and Latin dance music at the Westin, in Church Hill Valley Pa. The interesting part of this gig, besides playing with really good musicians,was that the audience were members of 2 dance schools. When the better dancers would get on the floor, we would get caught in the flow of the rhythm and the movement of the Dance. It felt like a trance. As the dancers would move around the dance floor, it seemed like swans twirling and fluttering in syncopated rhythms
I moved from Pittsburgh to Atlanta for better weather.
1997-1999
Pyrite" - a touring Rock and Roll band for which I played percussion.
1999-2005
While working at Turner Studios as a Senior Broadcast Engineer, I noticed that we had musicians that wanted to play but had no connections to players that sat 2 cubes from each other. So, I organized 2 bands that played for the company holiday parties.
2001-2004
2003
"Caberet" Decatur Community Theater
2004
"The Trio" The band from the show "Caberet" stayed together and played gigs around Atlanta.
2003-2005
"101 We'll do anything for Lunch Jam"-This band was started to try the weirdest things we could think of like Samba under "Blue Skies", mixing Monk, Miles and Copeland, mixing time signatures, etc.
2005-2007
2011-present
123Blues - I started another band at studios. The only reason was to play from the soul. A Blues band meant for solos and a free opportunity to try different soloing aspects.