Dan Balmer

Instructor of Jazz Guitar, Instructor of Jazz Combos

Dan Balmer has long been considered one of the finest guitarists, composers, and educators in the Northwest. In 2009 Dan became one of only five Oregonians to be honored with membership in both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame. He is the youngest person to be included in both Halls, and is hailed by the Los Angles Times as, “the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be.”

From 2005-2009 Dan toured and recorded with two time Grammy Winner Diane Schuur playing in over 15 countries and 60 cities. When not on the road with Ms. Schuur he leads his own groups and continues his long standing gigs with drummer Mel Brown, David Friesen, and others.

Dan has been teaching jazz guitar for over 20 years and has lead the jazz combos for the past 6 years.  Dan immensely enjoys working with the Lewis and Clark students both individually and in the ensembles.