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Dan the Musicman




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Starting a new band

Posted by Dan Wiebe on November 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (282)

I haven't posted on this blog in quite a while, and it’s definitely time.

Lots of changes have been going on with the Southwest Surfers. The other band members have decided that they would like to take the band to the next level, and feel that I would hinder their progress to attain this level, due to my need to make a living as a full time musician. They want to perform only as a 5 piece group and do larger events that pay more m...

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Midway through the snowbird season

Posted by Dan Wiebe on February 15, 2011 at 12:54 AM Comments comments (19)

Well I think we're about half way through the snowbird season. I notice my schedule starts dropping off around mid March. But until then I'm going gangbusters.

Had some great things happen in the past few months. New Years Eve was a great success, and we've found that our trio with Dave, Jim and I can be very effective. We're able to pull off a number of Beach Boy tunes, and with Dave filling in...

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You never know what's around the bend

Posted by Dan Wiebe on December 22, 2010 at 10:37 PM Comments comments (1)

Its Christmas time. Although I'm not feeling overly joyous about the whole thing, I'm thrilled to have a couple weeks off from work. Its been a long time since I've just sat around, watching the grass grow. It isn't a bad thing, I feel the need to recharge the batteries, I've been pretty busy keeping up with two jobs - Omnimount (day job) and the music, band business,

Speaking of m...

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I'm going through a funky period.

Posted by Dan Wiebe on August 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM Comments comments (8)

I'm definitly going through a funky period. Looking for some direction. Got lots of irons in the fire. Running ads looking for band type stuff. Looking for venues to do my solo act, and auditioned as a part time music director for a Lutheran Church. I'll know more next week about the position.


I was hoping the Southwest Surfers would pick up a few corporate events, but so far in the last year and half we've played one. We've been a big hit in the East Valley playing for th...

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I need to blog more

Posted by Dan Wiebe on July 23, 2010 at 12:43 AM Comments comments (4750)

Wow just reviewed some of my old blogs...its kind of like a journal. But I need some new stuff, so here goes.


I spent last season playing with Timeless Melodies, the Southwest Surfers, and the Exit 40 Band. Between the three groups I was averaging 10 gigs a month, which is pretty good for a part time player. Danthemusicman has taken a back seat. But last week while hosting a family retreat I did a couple of hours of solo stuff. All the tunes are...

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Tryin' to keep up the Ho Ho Ho

Posted by Dan Wiebe on December 17, 2008 at 10:03 PM Comments comments (103)

This Christmas season has put me in some unlikely places and I've been running into old musician friends. Most of them I've known for more that 20 years and played gigs with them in my younger days. It?s been great to catch up and hear their stories. In many ways I'm jealous and that I didn't continue to pursue my passion of playing music as they have. But when I was younger, I was blest to be surrounded by some incred...

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Doin' a little bit of everything

Posted by Dan Wiebe on October 24, 2008 at 12:27 AM Comments comments (106)
Was just looking over my November schedule. Two retirement home gigs, two Moonlighter's band gigs and two Timeless Melodies gigs. Wow...I'm all over the board. I've always been a firm believer in the "the more you can do, the more you work". Its been a blessing and a curse.  Playing multiple instruments is a great thing, as long as you play them well. Lately I've been practicing a lot of Ukulele and upright bass - they need the most attention. Uke is easy and its more fun than anything... Read Full Post »

Its time to rev the engines, and blow out the dust

Posted by Dan Wiebe on August 23, 2008 at 11:04 AM Comments comments (603)

Well I'm getting excited about playing music this fall. Lots of different musical groups to play with, I just hope they don't over lap to much.

I'm going in a different direction this year with my solo act. Seems everyone wants something different. They're tired of the same old guitar guys playing the same old tunes. I've noticed the world music, et...

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Okay what....

Posted by Dan Wiebe on June 23, 2008 at 2:02 PM Comments comments (115)

Summer is here in all its glory and heat.  My body has a natural cooling system and it works quite I sweat a lot!

Looks like Ukulele Ray and Kokonutz could take off and provide more work for the fall. I'm still getting to know the its one day at a time. I'm excited about getting a group together that can play tropical music, I've always loved playing calypso, reggae style, and beleive there is a large market for the music, so I've got my fingers cros...

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the season is winding down

Posted by Dan Wiebe on March 14, 2008 at 10:28 AM Comments comments (2)

What a great season I've had this year. The Timeless Melodies group has been a blast, I've learned a ton of new music and really stretched myself, doing real shows where people sit and expect to be entertained. I haven't done this stuff in a long long time. I'm hoping it will build for even more work next year.

I recently aquired an upright bass, and what a great instrument to tackle. I use tackle because it requires  strengh and power to make it wor...

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