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Dana Starkell

Bettendorf , IA

LOCATION

3887 Treeline Drive
Bettendorf, IA US 52722 (map)
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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
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What is your usual attire?
Tuxedo or Suit
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Sometimes clients will come to see me when I'm performing locally. I also offer music selection at my home if my clients live in or are able to travel to my home town.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
1 Hour
How much space do you usually require?
Minimal - Somewhere to sit & a space for a small acoustic guitar amp. For receptions I usually use a small PA system which includes two speakers on stands.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I charge by the distance from my home - Generally $100 per 500 miles. In some cases I waive travel fees depending on the city and the number of hours booked. For long travel trips, I may need to book a hotel for one or more nights.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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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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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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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Jodi
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
We recently hired Dana to play at our wedding at Stone Cliff Winery and he was absolutely wonderful!! From the very first email, Dana was professional, friendly, and easy going. He was very prompt in returning any emails or phone calls and followed through on what he said he was going to do. In the weeks and days leading up to my wedding, Dana would email me and confirm any changes or if I had any questions. We gave him total freedom with music choices except for the processional, interlude and the exit song and he played everything perfectly. He had such a variety of music and songs that were played at the reception. He told us that he really liked Stone Cliff and it showed in the tone he set with his music. I asked our guests what they thought of Dana and everyone said they loved him!! Dana showed up before his schedule time and played though the scheduled time. He brought all equipment and checked with the venue the week before to ensure everything would work well. He also worked with us to add some of our own songs into the reception and was so flexible during the ceremony and reception. I couldn't of asked for better service from Dana and I would absolutely hire him again. If you don't want to stress about the music for your wedding ceremony and reception or any other event, then hire Dana, you won't regret it!
We recently hired Dana to play at our wedding at Stone Cliff Winery and he was absolutely wonderful!! From the very first Read more...
We recently hired Dana to play at our wedding at Stone Cliff Winery and he was absolutely wonderful!! From the very first email, Dana was professional, friendly, and easy going. He was very prompt in returning any emails or phone calls and followed through on what he said he was going to do. In the weeks and days leading up to my wedding, Dana would email me and confirm any changes or if I had any questions. We gave him total freedom with music choices except for the processional, interlude and the exit song and he played everything perfectly. He had such a variety of music and songs that were played at the reception. He told us that he really liked Stone Cliff and it showed in the tone he set with his music. I asked our guests what they thought of Dana and everyone said they loved him!! Dana showed up before his schedule time and played though the scheduled time. He brought all equipment and checked with the venue the week before to ensure everything would work well. He also worked with us to add some of our own songs into the reception and was so flexible during the ceremony and reception. I couldn't of asked for better service from Dana and I would absolutely hire him again. If you don't want to stress about the music for your wedding ceremony and reception or any other event, then hire Dana, you won't regret it! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Gina K.
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Dana played at our 7/13/13 wedding in Orland Park, IL. He was wonderful and professional during the whole planning process and on the day of the wedding. He called us immediately after we inquired about his services. He kept in contact during all of the planning and even played us songs over the phone when we were choosing our selections. Dana was flexible and professional throughout the whole process. He even learned a song that meant a lot to us. On the day of the wedding, he was timely, professional, and played beautifully. He even took the time to speak with my husband's uncle about their shared interest of classical guitar. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Dana played at our 7/13/13 wedding in Orland Park, IL. He was wonderful and professional during the whole planning process Read more...
Dana played at our 7/13/13 wedding in Orland Park, IL. He was wonderful and professional during the whole planning process and on the day of the wedding. He called us immediately after we inquired about his services. He kept in contact during all of the planning and even played us songs over the phone when we were choosing our selections. Dana was flexible and professional throughout the whole process. He even learned a song that meant a lot to us. On the day of the wedding, he was timely, professional, and played beautifully. He even took the time to speak with my husband's uncle about their shared interest of classical guitar. I would definitely recommend him to others. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Katie
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.9/5.0
Dana was incredibly professional and on the ball. He contacted me and walked me through the ceremony music choices. I had no idea what to chose and he made recommendations based on the style of our wedding. He also played at our cocktail hour.
Dana was incredibly professional and on the ball. He contacted me and walked me through the ceremony music choices. I had Read more...
Dana was incredibly professional and on the ball. He contacted me and walked me through the ceremony music choices. I had no idea what to chose and he made recommendations based on the style of our wedding. He also played at our cocktail hour. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Laura
Wedding:
5/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Dana Starkell was absolutely amazing. Everyone loved his music, and he was incredibly easy to work with. I cannot imagine having a more positive experience. Dana was everything we could have asked for and more. He truly helped make our wedding wonderful.
Dana Starkell was absolutely amazing. Everyone loved his music, and he was incredibly easy to work with. I cannot imagine Read more...
Dana Starkell was absolutely amazing. Everyone loved his music, and he was incredibly easy to work with. I cannot imagine having a more positive experience. Dana was everything we could have asked for and more. He truly helped make our wedding wonderful. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Dana Starkell responded with the following comments:

Hi Laura and Nick,
Thank you very much and best wishes - a beautiful afternoon!
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Marta
Wedding:
7/15/2006
5.0/5.0
Dana Starkell was delightful to work with. He was so carefree and easy going. My then fiance and I met with him and gave him an idea of what we were hoping for during the ceremony and during the reception and he played examples of different pieces and we were able to choose everything right then. He plays classical guitar and we had him do more of a latin/spanish feel. He played for both our ceremony and our reception. His music was light and unobtrusive. He enhanced everything rather than detracting from it. During the reception he really helped to set the tone. Dana also provided my husband and I with a complimentary CD of his music along with our package. He is a very talented skilled guitar player and I would highly recommend him to anyone who wishes for live music, but may be on a tighter budget and can't afford a band or even a string quartet. Dana provides his own equipment and the easy thing about a single guitar is that he doesn't require much...just an outlet to plug in and he's set. Dana helped to make our wedding very magical and special!
Dana Starkell was delightful to work with. He was so carefree and easy going. My then fiance and I met with him and gave Read more...
Dana Starkell was delightful to work with. He was so carefree and easy going. My then fiance and I met with him and gave him an idea of what we were hoping for during the ceremony and during the reception and he played examples of different pieces and we were able to choose everything right then. He plays classical guitar and we had him do more of a latin/spanish feel. He played for both our ceremony and our reception. His music was light and unobtrusive. He enhanced everything rather than detracting from it. During the reception he really helped to set the tone. Dana also provided my husband and I with a complimentary CD of his music along with our package. He is a very talented skilled guitar player and I would highly recommend him to anyone who wishes for live music, but may be on a tighter budget and can't afford a band or even a string quartet. Dana provides his own equipment and the easy thing about a single guitar is that he doesn't require much...just an outlet to plug in and he's set. Dana helped to make our wedding very magical and special! Read less
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