Dana Sudborough is an accomplished musician, composer, and band leader who has been performing professionally for many years. He has studied and performed music all his life. In grade school he played the violin and recorder. In middle school he switched to percussion and won several awards both solo and with the school percussion ensemble. He went on to study music at the University of North Texas, where he earned spots in the Gamelan Ensemble, the Zebras, and the internationally recognized One O’clock Lab Band. While in college he also studied with Indian Mridangam master Poovalur Srinivasan for four years and completed an apprenticeship in Carnatic drumming. Dana received a Bachelors Degree in Music from UNT in 1998. After graduating, he gradually began to switch focus from being a multi-instrumentalist to focusing on the vibraphone.
In 2005 he received the Bill Snodgrass Endowed Jazz Scholarship and was awarded the teaching assistant position for the jazz department at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dana was director of one the jazz big bands and several of the jazz combos. He was a featured jazz vibraphone clinician for the UTA percussion department while in residence. Dana finished his Masters of Music Education at UTA in 2006. He has since been a frequent clinician for jazz improvisation and the vibraphone at high schools, community colleges and universities in North Texas.
Dana has been blessed enough to perform with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, the P-Funk All-Stars, Joe Lovano (w/ the One O’Clock Lab Band), and many more. Along with many varied freelance performances, you can catch Dana playing with his group the Latin Katz. For dates, check the shows link.
Dana is also experienced in the studio, having recorded and produced several sessions and full-length albums. He has produced original music for games and websites. Dana currently works as booking agent, organizer and webmaster for AFM Local 72-147. In addition he teaches private percussion lessons at his home or via skype.