Meet the Musician
Musician 1st Class Daniel LaMaestra,
featuring MU1 LaMaestra from the album
Three Shades of Blue
Musician 1st Class Dan LaMaestra, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been playing music professionally since 1992. In addition to his position as pianist in the Commodores, he also serves as one of several protocol pianists in the Navy Band, tasked with providing music for various dignitaries including the president, vice president, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other high-level government officials.
Before joining the Navy Band in June 2002, LaMaestra honed his keyboard skills as a sideman and studio player with jazz artists including luminaries Ken Navarro, Gary Grainger, Eric Marienthal, and Nelson Rangell. His piano playing, synthesizer and organ work has been featured on 26 recordings with different artists and bands, including two with the Commodores and one as a bandleader. He holds an associate degree in applied arts from Northern Virginia Community College completed in 1995. Highly motivated in continuing his education as a jazz pianist, he studied piano and music theory extensively with several esteemed pianists, including Jerry Allen, Kenny Werner, Ron Elliston, Ai Yuki, and David Kane.
An experienced and creative music composer and arranger, LaMaestra contributes new music to the Commodores on a regular basis, and in his spare time, produces one to two records a year for artists in multiple genres.