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Dana Starkell

Bettendorf , IA
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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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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:
Recently Married
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:
Recently Married
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 whose 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 whose 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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Dana provided wonderful guitar music for our ceremony. He was extremely pleasant to work with. I knew immediately after talking with him that he ran a very professional business. He keep me up to date by sending me planning e-mails, and even meet with me over Skype to play samples of our music selections. He went above and beyond by working with my vocalist on a special piece and bring us extra equipment to use free of charge. I would highly recommend him!
Dana provided wonderful guitar music for our ceremony. He was extremely pleasant to work with. I knew immediately after Read more...
Dana provided wonderful guitar music for our ceremony. He was extremely pleasant to work with. I knew immediately after talking with him that he ran a very professional business. He keep me up to date by sending me planning e-mails, and even meet with me over Skype to play samples of our music selections. He went above and beyond by working with my vocalist on a special piece and bring us extra equipment to use free of charge. I would highly recommend him! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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David
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Dana was very easy to work with and added a great atmosphere to our wedding. He played beautifully and I received many compliments from our wedding guests about the music.
Dana was very easy to work with and added a great atmosphere to our wedding. He played beautifully and I received many Read more...
Dana was very easy to work with and added a great atmosphere to our wedding. He played beautifully and I received many compliments from our wedding guests about the music. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I worked with Dana to provide the ceremony music as well as play at our cocktail hour. We had a wonderful experience working with Dana! He helped us choose songs for parts of the ceremony we were unsure of and what songs would blend together well. He also went above and beyond our expectations by finding and ordering sheet music from France so we could have "Gotta Get You Into My Life" by The Beatles played as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. The music was beautiful and set the tone for the entire ceremony. He is professional and very friendly. We would highly recommend Dana to anyone looking for a ceremony musician.
My husband and I worked with Dana to provide the ceremony music as well as play at our cocktail hour. We had a wonderful Read more...
My husband and I worked with Dana to provide the ceremony music as well as play at our cocktail hour. We had a wonderful experience working with Dana! He helped us choose songs for parts of the ceremony we were unsure of and what songs would blend together well. He also went above and beyond our expectations by finding and ordering sheet music from France so we could have "Gotta Get You Into My Life" by The Beatles played as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. The music was beautiful and set the tone for the entire ceremony. He is professional and very friendly. We would highly recommend Dana to anyone looking for a ceremony musician. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Emily
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Dana was great to work with! He had very detailed information about playing weddings on his website, which we found very helpful. We picked out our ceremony music with him over Skype, and he had several helpful recommendations. He was responsive, organized, courteous, and easy to work with. Also a great musician!
Dana was great to work with! He had very detailed information about playing weddings on his website, which we found very Read more...
Dana was great to work with! He had very detailed information about playing weddings on his website, which we found very helpful. We picked out our ceremony music with him over Skype, and he had several helpful recommendations. He was responsive, organized, courteous, and easy to work with. Also a great musician! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jalesa
Wedding:
5/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Dana is truly amazing! He did everything we wanted and more! His music is beautiful and he is very professional!
Dana is truly amazing! He did everything we wanted and more! His music is beautiful and he is very professional!
Dana is truly amazing! He did everything we wanted and more! His music is beautiful and he is very professional! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Trinity
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Dana was fantastic to work with from beginning to end. We contacted him pretty far in advance to ask about his services and tell him about our vision for our ceremony. He was incredibly flexible and treated our ceremony as a priority from the beginning, even though it was still many months away (which I can't say for some of our other vendors). I was very impressed by his willingness to answer my many questions and respond to my many emails, even with his busy schedule. He also went out of his way to create a custom guitar and violin arrangement of a Foo Fighters song that we really wanted in our wedding. And he was excited to do it! The music was beautiful, and Dana created exactly the atmosphere we were hoping for with what we asked him to play and what he selected as well. We would HIGHLY recommend Dana's services!!
Dana was fantastic to work with from beginning to end. We contacted him pretty far in advance to ask about his services Read more...
Dana was fantastic to work with from beginning to end. We contacted him pretty far in advance to ask about his services and tell him about our vision for our ceremony. He was incredibly flexible and treated our ceremony as a priority from the beginning, even though it was still many months away (which I can't say for some of our other vendors). I was very impressed by his willingness to answer my many questions and respond to my many emails, even with his busy schedule. He also went out of his way to create a custom guitar and violin arrangement of a Foo Fighters song that we really wanted in our wedding. And he was excited to do it! The music was beautiful, and Dana created exactly the atmosphere we were hoping for with what we asked him to play and what he selected as well. We would HIGHLY recommend Dana's services!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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