Dan Drysdale – Co-founder
Dan Drysdale co-founded JamSchool with Robert Leader in 2007. Dan is a musician, composer, producer, and documentary filmmaker who has been plying his trade in one way or another for the last 25 years. Dan is also a partner in Drywal Media, a Kitchener-based studio that has produced documentaries and music videos since 2008.
Dan has provided soundtracks for the award-winning documentary Aakideh: The Art and Legacy of Carl Beam, the short film by Robert Waldeck: Death in the Details, The Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon: A Hero In All of Us and the documentary Better Day: The Sarah Felker Story among others.
Dan is one half of the critically acclaimed band SolarSolar, who released 2 EPs independently, as well as a full length album through Binary Records. SolarSolar’s music has also been used by MTV’s hit show Teen Wolf .
Dan co-wrote and co-directed the documentary Better Day: The Sarah J Felker Story, a film about his former JamSchool student Sarah Felker. Better Day had its television debut in March 2014 on OutTV Canada.
Dan has been a driving force at JamSchool and is one of our most highly sought after instructors. With 25 years of experience teaching both classical and contemporary guitar styles, Dan has prepared countless students for conservatory exams, university auditions, and Kiwanis competitions. Dan has also taught many of JamSchools current guitar instructors. His students have gone on to pursue further music education at schools such as, Mohawk College, Humber College, Fanshaw College, University of Guelph, Lakehead University, and Wilfred Laurier University to name a few.
Here is what Dan has to say about teaching at JamSchool:
“Teaching has been a truly rewarding and enriching experience. I see the JamSchool formula as being the ideal way to get started with music. JamSchool is an experience that I wish was offered when I was a young developing musician. We have so many stories of new friendships and great musical collaborations. It is inspiring to see it all come together at every performance we put on.”
Teaches: Guitar, Band