Dan Gillies Biography

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 15 years, Dan has a diverse musical resume. Much like Clark Kent/Superman, Dan wears 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 guitar aficionado, he can be caught onstage at live music events with killer bands! 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.

As an author, Dan contributed Guitar Columns/Reviews for Canadian Musician Magazine.

Most notably, Dan Gillies is a sought-after Music Instructor with tremendous experience teaching private lessons, music classes, workshops and building curriculum. He was employed by Keyano College as a guitar instructor for 8 years, and now runs his guitar studio (Dan Gillies Guitar Studio) from their Theatre and Arts Centre. In addition to this, Dan is currently working in the music program at Fort McMurray Composite High School.

Dan holds a Music Diploma with a Major in Jazz Performance from Grant MacEwan University; as well as a Music Diploma from Keyano College, with a focus on classical guitar.

Turning the Page // Dan Gillies
  1. Turning the Page // Dan Gillies
  2. Horse Chase // Dan Gillies
  3. In the Mood For Modal // Dan Gillies
  4. The Voyage // Dan Gillies
  5. How Deep the Father’s Love For Us // Dan Gillies
  6. Heather’s Song // Dan Gillies
  7. Turning the Page (Reprise) // Dan Gillies