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Dana Starkell

Bettendorf , IA
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LOCATION

3887 Treeline Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722 US (map)

PHONE

563-209-1644

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ABOUT US

Dana Starkell is a professional classical guitarist now based in the Quad Cities. Dana is available for all occasions in the surrounding areas of CHICAGO, ST. LOUIS, DES MOINES, and IOWA... Read more
Dana Starkell is a professional classical guitarist now based in the Quad Cities. Dana is available for all occasions in the surrounding areas of CHICAGO, ST. LOUIS, DES MOINES, and IOWA CITY. For the past 2 years, Dana performed at a variety of venues in San Diego, Dallas, Houston, & Austin. Dana began his solo career while undertaking a world record 12,000 mile canoe trip from Canada to Brazil. During a break in Port of Spain, he was befriended by Philip Keiler (a student of New York guitarist, Alice Artz). This friendship led to Dana's first formal concert at The University of the West Indies in Trinidad. After returning from South America, Dana won top prize in the Senior Classical Guitar category of the Manitoba Music Festival in 1983. Since that time, he has attended master classes held by the world renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, and taken lessons from John Sutherland, David Brandon, and Norbert Kraft. Dana has performed extensively in classical, renaissance, spanish, and baroque styles since 1982. Having released six recordings of classical guitar music, he has a wide selection of music to compliment your event, large or small. Dana has a great passion for music and you will appreciate his prompt and professional service. For additional information about Dana Starkell and his services please refer to DanaStarkell,com Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Solo
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Liability Insurance, Microphones, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sound/PA System

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Ashley
Wedding:
10/29/2016
4.8/5.0
Dana was amazing to work with. He really took the time to learn what we wanted for our wedding.
Dana was amazing to work with. He really took the time to learn what we wanted for our wedding.
Dana was amazing to work with. He really took the time to learn what we wanted for our wedding. Read less
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Anthony
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Did a fantastic job and dressed to impressed!
Did a fantastic job and dressed to impressed!
Did a fantastic job and dressed to impressed! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/25/2016
5.0/5.0
Dana is GREAT at what he does! He is truly a professional, and of course very talented! He was the PERFECT choice for our outdoor wedding (I married a guitarist in front of 200 guests, whom musicians probably made up 80%!) because if his style, his presence, and his skill! Dana went above and beyond, agreeing to play a piece composed by our best man! And he was even flexible and well-rehearsed enough to be able to suggest and play other pieces from his repertoire when a portion of our composition did not come through as intended! Dana's knowledge of available music and what each piece could bring to the event was top-notch: the pieces he suggested and ended up playing complemented not only our unique style of wedding, but perfectly complemented the composed, original pieces from our best man! It could not have gone better, and we're thrilled with how Dana does what he does and how he specifically did it for us!! Thank you SO much, Dana!! Absolutely highly recommend Dana for your event!
Dana is GREAT at what he does! He is truly a professional, and of course very talented! He was the PERFECT choice for our Read more...
Dana is GREAT at what he does! He is truly a professional, and of course very talented! He was the PERFECT choice for our outdoor wedding (I married a guitarist in front of 200 guests, whom musicians probably made up 80%!) because if his style, his presence, and his skill! Dana went above and beyond, agreeing to play a piece composed by our best man! And he was even flexible and well-rehearsed enough to be able to suggest and play other pieces from his repertoire when a portion of our composition did not come through as intended! Dana's knowledge of available music and what each piece could bring to the event was top-notch: the pieces he suggested and ended up playing complemented not only our unique style of wedding, but perfectly complemented the composed, original pieces from our best man! It could not have gone better, and we're thrilled with how Dana does what he does and how he specifically did it for us!! Thank you SO much, Dana!! Absolutely highly recommend Dana for your event! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From beginning to end it was a pleasure working with Dana. He exceeded our expectations in every way, his experience and professionalism put us at ease while planning our wedding. The day of our wedding he continued to impress, he came prepared and ready for any "bumps in the road". As for his abilities as a guitarist, he plays like a dream. Our set list was all over the place, classical, spanish, modern and covers. He nailed them all!! If you are looking for someone to add a elegant touch to your special event, I would strongly suggest you contact Dana.
From beginning to end it was a pleasure working with Dana. He exceeded our expectations in every way, his experience and Read more...
From beginning to end it was a pleasure working with Dana. He exceeded our expectations in every way, his experience and professionalism put us at ease while planning our wedding. The day of our wedding he continued to impress, he came prepared and ready for any "bumps in the road". As for his abilities as a guitarist, he plays like a dream. Our set list was all over the place, classical, spanish, modern and covers. He nailed them all!! If you are looking for someone to add a elegant touch to your special event, I would strongly suggest you contact Dana. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Theresa
Wedding:
9/3/2016
4.9/5.0
Dana was awesome at our wedding shower. Perfect music for any event. He was very helpful throughout the process and great to work with. Well worth the money and so glad we found him. I would recommend his services to anyone looking to provide a good entertainment for their guests.
Dana was awesome at our wedding shower. Perfect music for any event. He was very helpful throughout the process and great Read more...
Dana was awesome at our wedding shower. Perfect music for any event. He was very helpful throughout the process and great to work with. Well worth the money and so glad we found him. I would recommend his services to anyone looking to provide a good entertainment for their guests. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Dana just played at our wedding in September at the Botanical Garden in Des Moines and he did an amazing job for us. He really is a talented musician and everyone tremendously enjoyed his music. What's more, he was so easy to work with and really went out of his way to understand what we wanted. He was always on the ball with follow-up and planning and everything was exactly as he described. To say he over-delivered is an understatement. He was our favorite wedding vendor hands down. Book him for your next event, you won't regret it!!!!!!
Dana just played at our wedding in September at the Botanical Garden in Des Moines and he did an amazing job for us. He Read more...
Dana just played at our wedding in September at the Botanical Garden in Des Moines and he did an amazing job for us. He really is a talented musician and everyone tremendously enjoyed his music. What's more, he was so easy to work with and really went out of his way to understand what we wanted. He was always on the ball with follow-up and planning and everything was exactly as he described. To say he over-delivered is an understatement. He was our favorite wedding vendor hands down. Book him for your next event, you won't regret it!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Elvith
Wedding:
6/11/2016
4.4/5.0
Dana Starkell's is a great guitar player. His music is smooth and easy to distinguish every note. It can be romantic, up beat, soothing, religious, or whatever taste you have in mind. Although he played well at my wedding and I am overall satisfied, I feel there were a couple parts during the ceremony that what I requested was not played, and there were a couple delays here and there. Perhaps, if he would have made it to the rehearsal the ceremony would have been 110%!
Dana Starkell's is a great guitar player. His music is smooth and easy to distinguish every note. It can be romantic, up Read more...
Dana Starkell's is a great guitar player. His music is smooth and easy to distinguish every note. It can be romantic, up beat, soothing, religious, or whatever taste you have in mind. Although he played well at my wedding and I am overall satisfied, I feel there were a couple parts during the ceremony that what I requested was not played, and there were a couple delays here and there. Perhaps, if he would have made it to the rehearsal the ceremony would have been 110%! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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Brent
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Dana Starkell is a true professional in every sense of the word. He is friendly, creative, timely, has a great attitude and really goes the extra mile to work with you to make sure you have the very best experience possible. He took the time to learn songs and special arrangements to make our wedding day special. Very highly recommended!!!
Dana Starkell is a true professional in every sense of the word. He is friendly, creative, timely, has a great attitude Read more...
Dana Starkell is a true professional in every sense of the word. He is friendly, creative, timely, has a great attitude and really goes the extra mile to work with you to make sure you have the very best experience possible. He took the time to learn songs and special arrangements to make our wedding day special. Very highly recommended!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Dana was a wonderful addition to our wedding! He was very professional, fun to work with, and played beautifully. It was exactly what we wanted for our wedding. I would recommend him to anyone!
Dana was a wonderful addition to our wedding! He was very professional, fun to work with, and played beautifully. It was Read more...
Dana was a wonderful addition to our wedding! He was very professional, fun to work with, and played beautifully. It was exactly what we wanted for our wedding. I would recommend him to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I contacted Dana on very short notice (about three days ahead) to provide music for a very small chapel wedding to surprise the bride and groom. The wedding was on a Monday night, and over the course of a weekend, we worked over the phone to select the music. Dana's website was an enormous help allowing me to listen to the pieces before we discussed the music and to revisit the piece during our call to refresh my memory if needed.

Timing of each of the pieces was complicated given a Catholic mass and no one to cue Dana on when to stop and stop the various pieces. Anyone who’s been to a Catholic wedding mass knows there's a lot of standing, sitting, kneeling, and moving within the course of the ceremony -- and music at many of the transitions. Dana assured me he had some familiarity with the mass and would be able to follow an outline I provided, which required him to listen carefully for certain words or actions to take place to know when to start/stop the music.

Dana did a great job. He arrived professionally dressed, well before the start of the ceremony, set up with no problem, and was ready to go with little assistance. He played a selection of his choosing while everyone arrived. We loved it. We were delighted with his professional, unobtrusive service.

Logistics aside, the music was positively lovely and truly added to the special day. The guests commented on how much they loved the music. We wished he didn't have to stop and that we could have taken him along to play for the rest of the evening!

I highly recommend Dana for a wedding. I think he'd be great for a full night of musical entertainment.
I contacted Dana on very short notice (about three days ahead) to provide music for a very small chapel wedding to Read more...
I contacted Dana on very short notice (about three days ahead) to provide music for a very small chapel wedding to surprise the bride and groom. The wedding was on a Monday night, and over the course of a weekend, we worked over the phone to select the music. Dana's website was an enormous help allowing me to listen to the pieces before we discussed the music and to revisit the piece during our call to refresh my memory if needed.

Timing of each of the pieces was complicated given a Catholic mass and no one to cue Dana on when to stop and stop the various pieces. Anyone who’s been to a Catholic wedding mass knows there's a lot of standing, sitting, kneeling, and moving within the course of the ceremony -- and music at many of the transitions. Dana assured me he had some familiarity with the mass and would be able to follow an outline I provided, which required him to listen carefully for certain words or actions to take place to know when to start/stop the music.

Dana did a great job. He arrived professionally dressed, well before the start of the ceremony, set up with no problem, and was ready to go with little assistance. He played a selection of his choosing while everyone arrived. We loved it. We were delighted with his professional, unobtrusive service.

Logistics aside, the music was positively lovely and truly added to the special day. The guests commented on how much they loved the music. We wished he didn't have to stop and that we could have taken him along to play for the rest of the evening!

I highly recommend Dana for a wedding. I think he'd be great for a full night of musical entertainment. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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