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I am a seasoned guitarist,bass player, & vocalist & also a Graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood California. I play in my own classic rock trio in town ,the Dan Merchant Band! But recently I put together a great jazz-fusion band called the STREETBEAT!!
I was born in Schenectady , New York, with a guitar in my hand, I grew to be a prominent musician and played with many bands at a very early age.
I played guitar & bass in the pit band for three high school musicals. I also graduated early to become a classical guitar major,who was also trained in vocals chorally. From that point I played in many 80s rock bands, Flyt, Parvis, Frax, Seducer, The Agents, just to name a few.
In 1987 , I went to Los Angeles , California , and I attended the Guitar Institute of Technology. I spent the year there focusing on my craft.
I had the great honor and distinction to play with Scott Henderson,Norman Brown, Richard Smith, Paul Gilbert, & Billy Sheehan(whom I have known for years from the Talas days)as well as
Charlie Fechter, and Eric Pascal, the list goes on & on...
The experience was incredible, I went in a rock guy and came out playing Rock , jazz, funk, fusion, blues, country, etc...
It was a great time in my life. Then I returned home to New York and played with a few bands, but Flipside stood out in my mind,I had provided the band with many original written compositions.
After that, I relocated to Orlando , Florida, where I proceeded to play with many more local acts including American Steele , Streetrunner,
Falcon Taylor, Fistfullablues, the Dan Merchant Jazz band, Turnpike,
the Retrocats, ( an 8 piece jazzband) Diablo Canyon, Jakson County,
, and finally the Dan Merchant Band, and also the Uncle Willie Band ( my new southern rock trio)
I have had a lot of fun, and I have my mind firmly planted on where i am going from here musically, and there is nothing or nobody who will stand in my way of musical excellence.
Birthday May 10
Interested In Men and Women
Relationship Status Married to Lori Lichtman Merchant
Anniversary December 6, 2005
1010 Bavarian Way
Apopka, FL 32703
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