Daniel Lins has been singing and performing music for as long as he can remember, from the early days of childhood, when he would hide in his mother's basement playing air guitar and singing along with his favorite cassette tapes, to today, when he enjoys singing any and all forms of music.
Dan's formal music training began in the fourth grade with his first piano lesson, and continued into junior high, by which time he was already playing four instruments (piano, percussion, guitar, and upright bass - he didn't add trumpet until college) as well as singing in the school choir. In high school, Dan was very active in the vocal music dept, singing in various school and community choirs, school musical theater productions, area contests, and local rock bands, as well as being selected as a two-time member of the Wisconsin State Honors Choir (He was one of the first Watertown High School students ever selected).
After High School, Dan continued his music education, earning a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis on Vocal Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. While there, Dan performed with the University's top choir each semester of his six years, as well as participating in the school's Madrigal Dinners, Opera Theater, Musical Theater, Jazz Choir, and performing 4 art song recitals. Outside of school, he also appeared in A Capella groups, barbershop groups, folk groups, rock bands, blues bands, show bands, and sang with the Oshkosh Symphony Chorus. In the university's 16-track studio, Dan recorded a demo of about 20 of his original songs, performing all of the vocals and instruments himself. In his final semester at Oshkosh, the Opera Theater chose to perform Britten's "Albert Herring" partly because it had "a large lead tenor role for Dan."
Following graduation, Dan moved to Chicago, where he has recently performed with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, the Choral Ensemble of Chicago, the Fleur Dy Lys Chorale, and has done solo recitals at Roosevelt University. He has also recorded an 8 song demo with the band "Metropolis", in which Dan sang lead vocals, and played guitar, piano, and trumpet.
Some of Dan's more memorable performances have been with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra - an Easter Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York - and a short European tour including performances in Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest.