Exclusive: American Drum Virtuoso Daniel Glass


Daniel Glass

Hawaiian native Daniel Glass was born into an artistic family. His mother was a professional dancer, but instead of following in his mother’s footsteps a young Daniel took up drumming. Growing up in the multi cultural environment of the island state introduced Daniel to a variety of musical styles.

After graduating from high school, Daniel moved to the US mainland where he continued his education and later began his professional career as a musician.

In 1994 Daniel joined the swing band Royal Crown Revue. Eager to establish themselves as a band, in the early days of the group the band would open for any artist who asked them to perform. One week the band opened for Neil Diamond and the hard rocking band KISS.

Daniel tells the story of a performance in 1996 when KISS had just gotten back together and in full makeup. The band that had been scheduled for the Omaha performance dropped out. Royal Crown Revue was invited to do the gig. At that time the venue not only sold adult beverages, but had servers who would bring the drink to the patrons. Eager to see the rockers, the fans showed up early and thirsty. It was a two night stop; on the first night everything went great, but on the second night one Self appointed KISS fan saw it as his duty to be the official RCR heckler. He continued the practice throughout the whole set.

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Daniel Glass

During his career Daniel has performed with a wide variety of artists including Brian Setzer and his Orchestra, Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, The Pretenders, The B-52s, the Va’s Warped Tour, and at numerous Jazz Festivals.

Recognizing the need to diversify, Daniel said that he takes on projects and music that he can be passionate about. Today Daniel makes his home in New York City where he performs with his own trio – The Daniel Glass Trio -, gives lessons all over the world via Skype, is an author, and is considered the authority when it comes to classic American drumming styles and its evolution into pop music.

As a part of Royal Crown Revue, Daniel has had his music appear on “Dancing with the Stars”, “The Mask”, “Swingers”, the Miss America Pageant, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “The Roseann Show”, a number of talk show programs, “Tales from the Crypt”, “Something’s Gotta Give”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Wonder Falls”, “The Biggest Loser”, and the musical selections for Olympic gymnastic and ice skating programs. Daniel has also appeared on PBS in a drum battle with Gregg Field – former drummer for Count Basie and Frank Sinatra.


photos courtesy of Daniel Glass.

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