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Musician 1st Class Dana B. Booher,


MU1 Dana Booher

Musician 1st Class Dana Booher, a native of Costa Mesa, California, joined the U.S. Navy Band in 2011 as a saxophone instrumentalist. A member of the Concert and Ceremonial Bands, Booher has appeared as a featured soloist for dozens of concerts across 18 states. Additionally he performs as the baritone saxophonist of the Navy Band Saxophone Quartet. In addition to his performance demands, he serves as the coordinator of the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the band’s largest outreach event, and the world’s largest two-day saxophone conference, attracting thousands of musicians every year.

As a highly-acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, clinician and pedagogue, Booher is in high demand as a civilian artist. An esteemed orchestral performer, Booher has performed across Asia, Europe and the United States regularly appearing with ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under conductors Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Andrew Litton, Philippe Auguin and others. He holds the baritone saxophone chair of the Zzyzx Quartet, an ensemble in its 13th year, which has released two full-length albums and performed across the world.

Booher has won top prizes at numerous competitions across the United States, including the Carmel Music Society Competition, in which he is the only solo saxophonist to hold the distinction of winning the competition’s grand prize in its 93-year history.

Booher earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Otis Murphy.