Guitarist/Composer Dan Leonard was born in Vienna Virginia in 1965. He began playing the guitar at age 11 and gravitated quickly to the styles of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Dan majored in classical guitar and composition at George Mason University, studying with former Andres Segovia student Larry Snitzler. During this time Dan also studied jazz with guitarist Paul Bollenback. After college, Dan attended master classes with Mike Stern, Steve Khan, John Scofield, and Pat Metheny and continued his private jazz study with pianist Mark Brandt and saxophonist Peter Fraize.


Dan has performed in the Washington DC area for 30 years. He was the winner of the Mid-Atlantic Great Guitar Search in 1989 and has been nominated for numerous Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards). As a composer, Dan received first place in the Jazz/New Age category of the 1998 Songwriters Association of Washington contest. His studio credits include TV’s America’s Most Wanted and The Learning Channel, as well as many releases by regional artists.

Dan is a member of the Deanna Bogart Band, the Mary Ann Redmond Band, jazz group No Explanations and the Eric Scott Band. His many performances include the Vaison Jazz Festival in France, the Boquette Jazz and Blues Festival in Panama, the Monterey Blues Festival, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Dan has been a private guitar instructor in the Northern Virginia area for over 25 years.