Dan Lancelot


Dan "Dano" Lancelot, an internationally renowned recording artist, was born on November 11, 1965, in Long Island, New York.  He grew up in a family of Irish, Italian, Sicilian, and German descent, where he was influenced by his siblings and father's love for rhythm and blues and jazz music from the 1960s.  Dano recalls his father's impact on his musical journey, saying, "Being around Dad, who would dance through the house singing melodies from the Rat Pack definitely had an impact on me musically."  At the age of 9, Dano moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and it was during his formative years in the Southwest that his natural inclination for rhythm and melody became apparent.  He started taking drum lessons at the age of 12 and teaching himself to play guitar and piano soon after.  Dano pursued his passion for music and architecture while attending Phoenix Community College, performing in various bands to support himself financially.  In 1987, Dano relocated to Tempe, a college town in Arizona, where he joined the '80s cover band In-4-Red, playing gigs in the Tempe bar scene and ASU frat parties.  His drumming talent caught attention, leading to an invitation to join the rock band Instant Karma, which later transformed into the renowned Dead Hot Workshop.  After parting ways with Instant Karma, Dano teamed up with singer-guitarist Jim Gerke, guitarist-singer Tim Anthonise, and bassist-lyricist Art "Buddy" Edwards to form the Solemines.  All members were part of the exploding indie rock scene in Tempe during the 1990s.  Dano's talent as a drummer was also showcased in two other semi-famous rock bands of the decade, Verona a.k.a. Dish and Gloritone. In 1997, Gloritone attracted the attention of an RCA executive, leading to a record deal with the label's Kneeling Elephant subsidiary. Following the release of their debut album, "Cup Runneth Over", Dano dedicated two years to promoting and touring with Gloritone.  However, due to irreconcilable differences, he decided to part ways with the band in late 1998.  In 1999, while working at a used musical instrument store in Mesa, AZ, Dano purchased a tenor steel pan and discovered his passion for Caribbean music.  He began studying the steel pan and delving into Calypso music under the guidance of local percussionist James "JT" Taylor.  This led to an invitation to play drums for JT's Island Steel.   From 1999 to 2001, Dano divided his performance time, playing the tenor steel drum and drum set for JT's Island Steel drum band, as well as performing with college area bands such as Rock Lobster, Clock People, and The Rhythm Edition.  In 2001, Lancelot and his wife relocated to San Diego, California, where he immediately auditioned for the Ocean Beach-based national act, Slightly Stoopid.  Dano joined the band as their drummer and embarked on tours throughout the Southwest, including the prestigious 2001 Vans Warped Tour.  Since his departure from Slightly Stoopid, Dano has pursued a solo career composing music cues for television and film.  He also performs with his band, Dano's Island Sounds, in various venues throughout Southern California.  His performances highlight the tenor steel pan and percussion, incorporating both original compositions and traditional Caribbean melodies.  Dan "Dano" Lancelot's musical journey is a testament to his versatility and passion as a musician. From his early days in the rock and indie scenes to his love for Caribbean-inspired sounds, he has consistently demonstrated his dedication to his craft.  With a dynamic range of musical influences and a natural ability to captivate audiences, Dano delivers unforgettable performances that are both soulful and energetic.  Whether he's playing the steel pan or drumming with precision, his passion shines through, creating a truly remarkable musical experience.


♦ Harpo Productions "Dr. Oz Show" Cue"Plexi Rock" 2016 by Dan Lancelot
♦ Harpo Productions "Dr. Oz Show" Cue"Sleeping With The Enemy" 2012-2016 by Dan Lancelot
♦ Harpo Productions "Dr. Oz Show" Cue"On The Dance Floor" 2010-2016 by Dan Lancelot
♦ Harpo Productions "Dr. Oz Show" Cue"Heading Up" 2010 by Dan Lancelot
♦ Fuel TV On Surfari: "Russia Show" Cue"Moodludes" Jan 2009 by Dan Lancelot
♦ SeaWorld San Diego "Canned Music" song"Connie's Song" 2008-Present
♦ Dano's recording"One Drop Pop" Dano's Island Sounds CD 2007
♦ CBS reality show"Rob & Amber Get Married."Cue - Steel pan & perc. recording session 2005.
♦ Dano's recording"Pan in Paradise" Dano's Island Sounds debut CD 2003
♦ RCA/Kneeling Elephant records"Cup Runneth Over" Gloritone's debut CD 1998.
♦ Warren Miller ski movie"Freeriders" Song "Halfway" 1998 by Gloritone.
♦ Hitman Hart's CD"Wrestling With Shadows" Song "Halfway" 1999.
♦ 411 skateboard videos<"Issue 31" "Issue 33" Song "John Wayne" & "9 Summers" 1998-99.
♦ Baywatch episode"Swept Away" Song "Halfway" 1998.
♦ Ryan Caulfield episode"Po Piggity" Song "Halfway" 2004-05.

Performance Experience

Dano's Island Sounds Steel pan & percussion. 2002-Present
Mighty Island Band Drum-set, percussion & steel pan. 2008-Present
Dano's Island Sounds Featured artist SeaWorld. Steel pan & percussion. 2011.
♦ Member of Studio 51 Music Library compsoing instrumental music for Film & TV. Various instruments. 2009-2014
♦ Member of Flik Trax composing instrumental music for Film & TV. Various instruments. 2009-2015
U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines. Jacob's Executive/Press Party. Steel pan. 2008
♦ Movie premiere of Nim's Island Starring Jodie Foster. Rap-up Party at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Steel pan. 2008
Sol e mar Group member. performing Caixa in bateria 2007-2016.
Dano's Island Sounds Featured artist SeaWorld. Steel pan & percussion. 2007.
Dano's Island Sounds Featured artist Wild Animal Park. Steel pan & percussion. 2006.
Dano's Island Sounds Featured artist SeaWorld. Steel pan & percussion. 2002-2005.
Deuterium Jazz Quartet Real Book standards and originals. Drum-set. 2003-2020.
♦ Skunk recording artist Slightly Stoopid. Drum-set, Touring musician Van's Warped Tour. 2001.
JT's Island Steel Calypso Orchestra. Drum-set and tenor steel pan. 2000-2001.
♦ The Rhythm Edition - Corporate cover band Drum-set. 2000-2001.
♦ Rock Lobster - 80's Rock cover band Drum-set. 2000.
♦ The ClockPeople - Rock covers and originals Drum-set. 1999-2000.
♦ Jack Panic and the Crash - 80's Rock cover band Drum-set. 1999-2000.
♦ RCA recording artist Gloritone Drum-set/backing vocals. Touring US and Canada. 1996-1998.
Verona/Dish - Original Rock Drum-set/backing vocals. 1993-1996.
♦ Paperwaves - Original Jazz Fusion Drum-set. 1991-1992.
Solemines - Original Alternative Rock Drum-set/backing vocals. 1989-1991.
♦ Instant Karma - Original Rock Drum-set. 1988-1989.
♦ In-4-Red - 80's Rock Covers and Originals Drum-set/backing vocals. 1987-1988.
♦ Levi & The Zippers - 70's & 80's Rock covers Drum-set/vocals. 1986-1987.


Phoenix New Times Gloritone - Name Game (Sept 4th 1997)
Phoenix New Times Gloritone - Dig the New Breed (May 21st 1998)
Phoenix New Times Gloritone - Popsicle in the Desert (July 9th 1998)
Wilfully Obscure Gloritone - Cup Runneth Over (1998)
Pandomag.com Semisonic, Gloritone at the Showbox, 4/18/98
Babysue Gloritone - April 1998 Muffukin Reviews From
Billboard Music News & Info Gloritone - Cup Runneth Over (1998)

Lancelot with Slightly Stoopid - 2001
Lancelot with Gloritone - 1998
Lancelot with Verona - 1994
Lancelot with Solemines - 1990

Music in TV & Film

"Halfway" by Gloritone   Baywatch Episode: "Swept Away"

"Moodludes" by Dan Lancelot   FUEL TV On Surfari Episode: "Russia"