Brooklyn - born drummer Dana Hall has been an important musician on the international music scene since 1992. After completing his education in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson College and his Masters degree in composition from DePaul University. He is presently a Special Trustees Fellow completing his Doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.
Professor Hall is also a clinician and educator as well as the Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In 2004, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor of Music. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago, and is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director's Academy and Essentially Ellington faculties. Mr. Hall also taught in the Ravinia Festival's Jazz in the Schools Mentoring Program and at the Merit School of Music, continuing his mission to assist in bringing quality music education to students in Chicago. Mr. Hall is a member of the Thelonious Monk Institute's Jazz in America Program and the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Artists Residency Program. In each, he mentors secondary school students in the fundamentals of jazz, Latin, and popular musics. Mr. Hall also maintains a private studio.
Concurrent with his national and international music projects, Mr. Hall can be seen and heard in Illinois with his own groups and as an artist with other ensembles. He is presently a Special Trustees Fellow completing his Doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.