Dan Peck is a currently the Principal Tubist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. In 2010, Dan started his job as the regular tuba/bass chair on the Broadway musical Chicago!, leaving in 2017 to become Principal Tubist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Dan has also performed with other orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and American Symphony. Additionally, Dan has attended summer festivals at the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Tanglewood, playing under conductors such as James Levine, Bernard Haitink and Herbert Blomstedt.
Alongside his classical career, Dan pursues his other passion for experimental music and improvisation. As a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Dan has premiered works by Alvin Lucier and Iannis Xenakis, as well as pieces by Helmut Lachenmann (with Signal Ensemble), Georg Friedrich Haas (Talea Ensemble) and Eric Wubbels (Wet Ink Ensemble). Currently, Dan plays in a double-harp ensemble led by legendary saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, having played most recently at the Moers Jazz Festival in Germany in May 2017. Dan also plays in two ensembles led by saxophonist/composer Ingrid Laubrock, both of which have recorded and toured internationally. Dan leads his own doom-jazz trio The Gate (with Tom Blancarte and Brian Osborne), which has released seven albums to date and has toured Europe three times. Dan Sorrells (of the Free Jazz Blog) says of their 2014 LP, Stench, “[the album] embodies a strain of aural nihilism that most metal bands should be jealous of.” Other collaboratively-led groups include Blood of the Stars (with his wife, violinist Erica Dicker), Earth Tongues (with Joe Moffett and Carlo Costa) and Premature Burial (with Peter Evans and Matt Nelson). Dan releases his own music as well as music by others on his independent label Tubapede Records.
Dan is currently an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University and SUNY Purchase. Previous teachers include Scott Mendoker, Warren Deck, and Toby Hanks.