• Dan Hawes

    Elementary Band                  

    I am originally from Smithtown, New York. I began playing the saxophone in 4th grade and studied the other band and orchestra instruments as a college student. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in music education and graduated Cum Laude from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam University in New York. I attended the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship, earning my Master’s Degree in performance. While living and performing in Manhattan, I had the opportunity to play in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Symphony Space.

    After college, I auditioned for and was accepted into the 590th Air Force Band of the East. I was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and had the opportunity to perform all around the world – the United States, Canada and Europe – as a member of the Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Band and Rock Band. I recorded with the band as both a soloist and ensemble member. We performed for quite a few Presidents, such as Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton. I also served during Operation Desert Storm.

    During my time as a musician in the Air Force, I married my college sweetheart, Jen. When my time was up in the Air Force, I settled down on Long Island, where I taught as an elementary band director for 15 years in the Lynbrook School District. My West End Elementary Band performed for various rated competitions. We also recorded a charity CD for families who were affected by the 9/11 tragedy and were invited to perform at Lincoln Center and Nassau Coliseum. During that time, my wife and I began to hike, ice climb and rock climb in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. We both fell in love with the beauty of New England and decided to make a move! This is my 4th year teaching in Pembroke. Over the past two years, my students and I have thoroughly enjoyed giving concerts and performing at The Hanover and Independence Malls! I am currently planning more musical activities to showcase our bands in the surrounding community. I live in Hanson, with my wife, Jen, and our dog, Max.