Dahl is widely known as a virtuoso accordionist as well as a composer,
arranger, recording artist and music educator, with an extensive background
in music theory, composition and harmony. Gary has now developed an
impressive body of work including hundreds of individual arrangements
and more than a dozen books currently in publication by Mel Bay Publications.
As a recognized
teacher, Gary provides specialized training for all levels of students.
Gary's students have won national and state competitions as well as
achieving professional status. While Gary resides in Puyallup, Washington
near Seattle he provides lessons by correspondence for students worldwide.
Gary currently performs as a single for private functions. The Gary
Dahl trio plus vocalist performed regularly at private clubs, hotels
and the lounge circuit from 1960 through 1991. Gary is a graduate
of the University of Washington specializing in composition and theory
and is a former commerical corporate pilot, flight instructor and
corporate sales manager.
The numerous requests from
students and friends searching for high level professional accordion
arrangements inspired Gary Dahl to create arrangements with the following
- Creativity, good taste, harmonically/melodically
- Music with a sensible degree
of difficulty, such that any additional difficulty would not improve
the overall sound of the arrangement.
- Guaranteed audience appeal
and playing enjoyment.
- Utilizing the orchestral
capabilities of the accordion.
- Music that will excite and
challenge intermediate through professional.