Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan McNamara began his musical studies on the piano at age seven and began drum lessons at the age of nine. He played with his school bands, including marching, jazz and concert bands up through his senior year of high school, at which time he played orchestral percussion with the Erie Junior Philharmonic Orchestra.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Pittsburgh, Dan toured with the Younger Bros. Band for two years, after which he moved to Los Angeles.
Playing professionally since the age of fourteen, Dan has recorded and/or performed with The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Stephen Bishop, Phil Collins, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, the Indigo Girls, Jan and Dean, The Coasters, Leslie Gore, Mark Lindsay, The Cowsills, Papa Doo Run Run and others. He has appeared on numerous T.V. shows, movies and commercials including Cheers, Baywatch, The Bold and the Beautiful and Dick Tracy.
Dan has toured extensively as a performer throughout the United States as well as many European countries and Puerto Rico. In 1988, he was a personal guest of Leonard Bernstein at a performance of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, N.Y.C.
As a songwriter and composer, Dan has written numerous songs, jingles and themes for radio and television. He is the founder of The Jingle Factory, a commercial music production company.