Dan Gillies is a Freelance Musician (Guitarist, Multi-Instrumentalist) and a Music Teacher who makes his home in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
As a working musician for over a decade, Dan Gillies has a musical resume of diverse proportions. Much like Clark Kent/Superman, Dan manages to wear several identities within the industry: performer, composer, producer & teacher. With a background in jazz, one can find him gigging with jazz groups at “classy” events and with alluring archtops! As a country guitar aficionado, he can be caught onstage at country music events with a killer band! As a collaborator, Dan works with artists and clients to achieve their musical visions.
A few highlights…
Dan produced the theme song “Alive” for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, and performed his original, “Turning the Page” in an epic context, at the Opening Ceremonies.
In the fall of 2014, Dan released his first instrumental album; Dan Gillies, which displayed his stylistic diversity as a player. From classic rock to modal jazz – to a Celtic mandolin piece – Dan’s album was a “brilliant fusion of styles.”
Finally, Dan Gillies is a sought-after Music Instructor with tremendous experience teaching private lessons, music classes, workshops and building curriculum. He was employed by the Keyano College Conservatory as an Instructor for 8 years, and now runs his Guitar Studio from their Theatre and Arts Centre.
Dan holds a Jazz Performance Diploma from Grant MacEwan University; as well as a Music Diploma from Keyano College, with a Major in Classical Guitar.