By Valerie Clarke
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Dan Darrow began his musical journey at an early age.
Originally from Oaklyn, N.J. and born March 1, 1993, Darrow was brought up in a musically talented family. Darrow comes from a very supportive family who embraces his music abilities. His grandfather started the family in an accordion upbringing and Darrow was one of few left who wanted to stick with it. Darrow started accordion lessons when he was only 4 years old. However, Darrow quit the instrument after only one year, taking a break until he reached middle school.
At the age of 13, Darrow became a trumpet player for his middle school’s concert band. He didn’t become very passionate about it and decided to explore his musical horizons, including playing guitar and piano. Darrow played guitar as a hobby while he enjoyed piano lessons for three years. It wasn’t until Darrow picked up playing the drums that he discovered his love for the instrument. When Darrow was 15 years old, he bought his first drum set, and his career took off. Darrow became influenced by artists such as Tony Royster Jr., Questlove and Bill Stewart.
When Darrow attended Collingswood Senior High School, he performed in the concert band, jazz band, marching band and symphony orchestra as a drummer and percussionist. During this time, he earned many awards, including the Music MVP award in 2010. In 2011, Darrow was awarded the Director’s Award and the Semper Fidelis Award. Darrow also performed with a worship band from church, Also during this time, Darrow was the drummer for a metal-core band called The Corporate Oblivion.
Now that Darrow is attending Camden County College, he participates in the music associate’s degree and the music recording certificate program. He is working toward his associate’s in arts and he wants to get his bachelor’s degree in science/ music technology. Darrow participates in the school radio station, 91.5 WDBK. For one hour a week, he is in charge of the jazz portion of the station. Darrow is also in his second semester as a percussionist for the jazz ensemble and rock ensemble. Darrow has big dreams to become an audio engineer but he also stays grounded by doing other things outside of school. For example, the Darrow family is a big supporter in the fight against autism.