A staunch supporter of empowering education through logical and concise instruction and rigorous technical foundational work, Dan has been involved in the pageantry arts for the last decade, where he began his marching experience in the Fair Lawn school district. Immediately following his time in school, he went on to perform with various groups and would eventually age out with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. As an educator, Dan has worked with various groups in the tri-state area and most recently led the technical program at West Orange High School. He also continues to serve as a color guard consultant for the Shippensburg University Marching Band. Though initially exploring the world of adjudication to better improve his efficacy as an instructor, he has found strong value in the ability to provide fresh perspectives to growing ensembles. He has earned multiple certificates from WGI and is currently completing his 400-level advanced certification and completing his fieldwork practicum under the mentorship of William Chumley (WGI caption manager for Design Analysis and General Effect), to gain accreditation from WGI as a circuit-certified judge. In his professional life, Dan holds honors degrees in biology and philosophy from New York University and is completing graduate work in immunology. He works at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he is involved in project management.