"My husband and I wanted to hire a pianist for our holiday party where ninety guests were invited. We were referred to Live Music Consulting (LMC) by our dentist (personal friend) who knows the owner, Dan Wions. I immediately contacted Dan via e-mail and cell phone but, unfortunately, he was on tour out of the country. Within a day the correspondence began.

He was able to find out what our needs were (both musical and budgetary) and he contacted a very qualified woman through the LMC network and connected us. Dan was such a pleasure to work with, returning e-mails promptly and always answering any questions promptly and politely. Making me feel comfortable that I would definitely have a qualified pianist for our party was such a relief and one less worry for such a large gathering. We highly recommend using LMC and will definitely do business as well as refer in the future.

P.S. Even after our pianist left our guests actually came up to us asking where the live music had gone!"

Mandy Holanda
(New Jersey)

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Dan Wions

Dan Wions

Pianist, French Hornist
Founder and Head Consultant

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Dan Wions

Founder and Head Consultant

Music has been an integral part of Dan's life since early childhood. He began studies on piano at the age of two, composition at age five, and finally the horn at age nine. His performance experience is extensive, ranging from orchestral, concert band, chamber music, and solo repertoire, to pop, rock, show tunes, and jazz.

As a Hornist, Dan has worked under the baton of such prestigious conductors as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Michael Stern, Stefan Sanderling, and Eri Klas, among others. He has recorded on the Sony Classical and Naxos labels, for NASCAR and ESPN productions, and has performed on tour dates with Dave Brubeck, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Sarah McLachlan, John Legend, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Carlos Santana, Kenny G, Frank Sinatra Jr., Patti Lupone, Anne Murray, Leann Rhimes, Mannheim Steamroller, Clay Aiken, Jack Jones, The Irish Tenors, Ronan Tynan, and Josh Groban, among others. As a soloist, Dan has performed with regional and college ensembles throughout the United States.

Currently, Dan works as a substitute musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra, while serving as Principal Horn of the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, The Ocean City Pops Orchestra in New Jersey, and the Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra in NYC. Dan was also a finalist and semi-finalist in auditions with the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and Hartford Symphony. Teachers include Joe Anderer, Michelle Baker, Myron Bloom, Scott Brubaker, Tony Cecere, Peter Gordon, Michael Hatfield, Phil Myers, Erik Ralske, Rick Seraphinoff, and Chris Wilhjelm.

Dan holds a BM in Horn Performance, with outside studies in piano and composition, from Indiana University. He is a former faculty member of the Westminster Conservatory of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and the Summertrios chamber music festival (www.Summertrios.org). As a student, Dan attended a number of summer music festivals, including the FAME festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and three consecutive years as a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.

In addition to Horn, Dan has found balance working occasionally as a cocktail pianist since early High School. Since then, Dan has played for the Dalai Lama, entertained customers regularly for Nordstrom Department stores, Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt Regency Hotels (among others), and provided music for hundreds of parties, benefits, and corporate functions.

Dan's home is split between Philadelphia and New York City, performing and teaching primarily in the NJ, NY, PA tri-state area, and touring and contracting musicians internationally.

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity."
- Billy Joel