Sergeant First Class Dan Pierce grew up in Slingerlands, NY and Pepper Pike, OH and joined the Jazz Knights in Fall of 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from DePaul University. As a four-year member of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Fred Sturm and Bill Dobbins, he had the privilege to perform with guest artists including Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Vince Mendoza, Toots Thielmans, Tim Hagans, Bill Holman and Clare Fischer. Sgt. 1st Class Pierce has studied with Paul Ferguson, John Marcellus, Mark Kellogg, Mark Fisher and Charles Vernon. His performing credits include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Pops Series with Doc Severinsen, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Bob Perna and Persistance, and Cunard Cruise Lines.