Meet the Musician
Musician 1st Class Dana B. Booher,
Musician 1st Class Dana Booher, a native of Costa Mesa, California, joined the Navy Band in 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Indiana University, studying with Otis Murphy. Booher is a recipient of the Indiana University Performer’s Certificate, the highest honor that can be awarded at the institution.
As a soloist, Booher has won top prizes at competitions across the United States, including the Carmel Music Society Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Competition and the Indiana University Travel Grant Competition. He frequently appears as an orchestral saxophonist, having performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and many others under conductors including Valery Gergiev, Marin Alsop, Gianandrea Noseda and Philippe Auguin.
Booher has played baritone saxophone as a founding member of the Zzyzx Quartet, an ensemble formed in 2007, which has gained high regard after various recitals and performances across the United States. Zzyzx has performed at the Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference and the World Saxophone Congress. The ensemble is devoted to the advancement of saxophone quartet literature, commissioning and premiering the works of many composers.
Before joining the Navy Band, Booher previously served as associate instructor of saxophone at Indiana University and adjunct professor of woodwinds at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana. He is the coordinator of the International Saxophone Symposium, the Navy Band’s largest outreach event. He is also a member of the Navy Band Saxophone Quartet.
In his free time he enjoys fishing, off-roading and spending time with his family, friends and two Labrador retrievers.