Steve Dancz began his professional career at the age of fifteen and by his twenty-first birthday was performing extensively in Europe, the Soviet Union, Japan, The People's Republic of China, Africa and South America. From the beginning of his career, he has worked on both the creative and business sides of the entertainment industry. His international career began as a musical director for Royal Viking Line, a position that included performance, arranging, conducting, managing personnel and consulting work on creative and management issues.
As a performer, Steve is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has performed and/or recorded with many notable artists (including The Chieftains, Eddie Harris, Martin Taylor, Joe Lovano, Kevin Mahogany, Bill Cosby, Dizzy Gillespie, Rufus Reid, John Patitucci and Clark Terry) and has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the Vienne Jazz Festival (France), The Brussels Conservatory of Music (Belgium), Tocar la Vida (Argentina), and the first World Festival of Sacred Music (India) at the request of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Dancz worked as a record producer and A&R director during the early years he was based in Los Angeles. He produced and performed on sessions in LA and London, promoted his artist roster to Radio France in Paris and coordinated record label operations with EMI, the company's European distributor. As A&R Director, Dancz handled selection and coordination of new material, developed a stable of in-house writers and producers and negotiated publishing deals for new album releases. He then turned his attention to film and TV scoring, providing original music for many film studios and broadcast media outlets including Columbia Pictures, CBS, HBO, Paramount Pictures, TBS, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Discovery Networks, PBS, NPR and the Super Bowl. He has composed and conducted orchestral scores for television ("Designing Women") and motion pictures ("Grim Prairie Tales" starring James Earl Jones), and has composed for multiple national campaigns for JWT and Chiat\Day LA.
As a result of a competitive audition, Steve was chosen to study film scoring with master composer Earl Hagen (“Andy of Mayberry,” “I Spy,” “Mod Squad”). Dancz has since composed and produced numerous original scores for National Geographic Films, many of which have aired as Specials and internationally as part of the National Geographic "Explorer" television series. His work with The Geographic resulted in the PBS Special “Inside Mecca," a project nominated by the Society for Emmy consideration for its original score. A variety of projects including “The Raising of the Hunley," "The Filmmakers," "Africa's Dinosaur Giants" and "Great White Deep Trouble" are available on DVD from the National Geographic Society. Dancz scored the BBC film "Superswarms" for broadcast on the Discovery Channel and his score and on-screen performance for "SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS" is currently being viewed around the world. Dancz speaks regularly at colleges and universities in conjunction with screenings of the film, discussing his pilgrimage to Tibet, the filmmaking and post-production process, and the art and craft of film scoring. His most visible commission was creating the original score for the film “Tribute to the Declaration of Independence,” seen worldwide by a record-setting 165 million viewers as part of the Super Bowl XLV broadcast.
Mr. Dancz spent two decades as director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Georgia's Hodgson School of Music. As a result of his experience in the music and entertainment industry Dancz co-founded UGA’s interdisciplinary Music Business Program with the Terry College of Business. He later joined SAE as Director of their Atlanta campus before returning to his work full-time as a composer, performer, conductor and producer. Dancz developed and currently directs the Hodgson School of Music's Jazz Study Abroad Program, an individualized course of study for the contemporary musician based in Alessandria, Italy and is teaching privately through the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
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- Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas: Independent feature, Michael Wiese, Director 2008.
- Panasonic: Blu Ray Café - High Def Theater film for Panasonic Japan, Carol Beck, Director, CES, Las Vegas, 2007.
- Coyote’s Honor · Independent feature, Michael Wiese, Director 1997.
- Grim Prairie Tales · Independent feature w/ James Earl Jones. Richard Hahn, Producer; Wayne Coe, Dir. 1990.
- Nightfall New Horizons · MGM. Feature in assoc. with Serafine FX; Roger Corman, Producer, Paul Mayersburg, Director 1988.
- Blackbird · Lockheed Aerospace/Smithsonian Institution, Bob Mehnart, Director 1988.
- Celebration In Watercolor (Independent Short Film) · HBO, Erik Friedel, Director 1987.
- Brothers (Independent Short Film) · John Teal, Director 1988.
- Tribute to the Declaration of Independence: commissioned for Super Bowl XLV, Jennifer Pransky, producer, FOX Broadcasting, Los Angeles, CA. Commission received November 2010, DECLARATION ANTHEM was composed between November 2010 and January 2011, broadcast February 6, 2011, to 165 million people, largest viewing audience to date in broadcast history.
- Discovery/BBC: Super Swarms: Susan Winslow/Sara Kaplan, producers, 2010
- National Geographic Television : Built for the Kill, On The Edge, Undercover History. 2010
- Discovery Channel: Discovery Civilization, 2010
- GAC Network: The Girls Outdoors, Jennifer Wysocki, producer, 2007.
- Discovery Channel: Who Betrayed Anne Frank, Wynette Yao, Producer, Arietha Lockhart, vocals. 2003.
- National Geographic Special: Inside Mecca: PBS Special, Anisa Mehdi, Producer, 2003.
- ESPN, Formula One Racing Series, Atlanta Teleproductions, Richard Vogan , Producer 2001-2002 Formula One Racing
- National Geographic: The Raising of the Hunley - CNBC, John Bredar, Producer, April 2001, Home Video release.
- National Geographic: Great White:Deep Trouble CNBC, John Bredar, Producer, April 2000, Home Video release.
- National Geographic: The Filmmakers TBS, John Mernit, Producer, January 1999, Home Video release.
- National Geographic: Dinosaur Fever TBS, John Bredar, Producer, September 1998. Home Video release
- National Geographic: Dinosaur Fever TBS, John Bredar, Producer, September 1998. Home Video release
- National Geographic: Wildlife Filmmakers: Tanzania TBS, John Mernit, Producer, August 1998
- National Geographic: Wildlife Filmmakers: Polar Passion TBS, John Mernit, Producer, June 1998
- National Geographic: Wildlife Filmmakers: Belize TBS, John Mernit, Producer, April 1998
- National Geographic: Firebombers of the Western Skies TBS, John Bredar, Producer, March 1998
- National Geographic: Zambezi River Journey TBS, Chris Weber, Producer 1995
- National Geographic: Vietnam - Wildlife for Sale TBS, Margaret McEvoy, Producer 1995
- National Geographic: Nurse Sharks - A Savage Kind of Love TBS, John Bredar, Producer 1995
- National Geographic: Flight Over Africa, One-hour Special, TBS Chris Weber, Producer 1994
- Livin’ on the Net: w/ Howard Rheingold Michael Wiese, Producer/Director 1996
- Diet for a New America PBS (Documentary) Ed Schuman, Director, Michael Wiese, Producer 1991
- Addicted Professionals PBS (Documentary) Bill Kronick, Director, Michael Wiese, Producer 1991
- Designing Women Columbia Pictures Television/CBS Television, Harry Thomason/Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Producers 1990
- Bailey’s Harem Independent Television Pilot (Sitcom) Michael Fairman, Director 1989
- Portrait of America: West Virginia Turner Broadcasting/Ohlmeyer Communications (Documentary) Don Ohlmeyer, Producer, Michael Scott, Director 1988
- Hellraiser New World Pictures (Theatrical/TV Trailer) Clive Barker, Director 1987
- How To Stop The One You Love From Drinking Arnold Shapiro Productions/Paramount Pictures (Docudrama) Michael Scott, Director 1987
- TYSYS : VanDerKloot Film & Television, Bill VanDerKloot, Producer 2001
- Sapelo: Becky Marshall, Producer, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 2001
- IBM: The Big Blue: Interactive CD-Rom Micheal Thomas, Producer 1993
- Nightflyer: Lockheed Aerospace/Smithsonian Institution, Bob Mehnart, Director 1990
- Looking Forward: US Air Force, Devon Hawker, Director 1989
- High Flyer: The SR-71 Lockheed Aerospace, Bob Mehnart, Director 1987
- Maximum Effort: US Navy, John Teal, Director 1987
- Alert: Adpro-Australia, John Teal, Director 1986
- Orion: Lockheed Aerospace, Erik Friedel, Director 1985
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- National Campaigns: Chiat\Day (Los Angeles), JWT (San Francisco)
- Regional campaigns: The Admsith, VanDerKloot Film & Television
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- The Global Society. Peach State Public Radio/National Public Radio, in association with the American Society of International Law and the Dean Rusk Center for International & Comparative Law, David Bryant, Producer 1997
- The Bigger Picture. Peach State Public Radio/National Public Radio, David Bryant, Producer 1993
- “DECLARATION ANTHEM” Soundtrack for “Tribute to the Declaration of Independence,” film produced for Super Bowl XLV broadcast, February, 2011. Digital release via iTunes /Amazon, Placement Music Records, 2011.
- Music from A Pilgrimage: Soundtrack SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS 2011
- “Promised Land” CD release, Three Lion Records, U.S.A./Europe, Danczteam Music, BMI (1992)
- On albums released CBS-EMI/Europe, Danczteam Music/Ja’Nikki Songs, BMI (1984-86)
- Hymn to Milarepa 1980-1981 Indiana University and the University of Georgia
- Tathagata 1979 University of Georgia, 1981 University of Northern Colorado
- Declarations 2014 University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, commission for 2014 Commencement, Sanford Stadium, John P. Lynch, conductor. World Premiere, May 9, 2014.
- National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Board of Governors, Atlanta Chapter, 2011-2015.
- The Virginia Grand Military Band, Dr. Allen Crowell, conductor, Alexandria, VA, November 1, 2014.
- Truman State University Band, Dr. Curran Prendergast, conductor, Heroes: A Celebration of America (Veteran's Day Commemoration), Kirksville, MO, Nov 9, 2014.
- DECLARATION ANTHEM:
- Winner Hollywood Music in Media Award – Best Original Score – Special Feature, November 2011.
- Winner, two Silver Telly Awards: TV Programs – TV Programs-Use of Music, June 2011.
- Narrator and featured role in film “Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas.” Soundtrack release 2011, Hardcover book now available, featured as photographer.
- Guest lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design/Brown 2009
- Master Classes, Brussels Conservatory, Belgium – 2008-2009
- Expert witness: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, music industry expertise.
- Appearance at The World Festival of Sacred Music, Bangalore, India at the invitation of His Holiness, XIV Dalai Lama (April 2000)
- Appearance at The Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland (July 1999)
- Appearance at the Vienne Jazz Festival, Vienne, France (July 1999)
- University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Faculty Member Jazz Studies (1992-2000)
- California State University, Fullerton, California: Faculty Member Commercial Music Program - Film scoring, jazz piano (1988-1992)
- Art Center College of Design, Pasadena California: Guest Lecturer - Film Scoring (1988-1991)
- World Entertainment Corporation, Los Angles, CA - Music producer, composer and arranger
- Director of A&R; selection and coordination of new material, writers and publishing companies (July 1985 - February 1986)
- Independent Production and Session Work, Los Angeles, CA - Album dates, publishing demos and film/video sessions, USA and UK (March 1984 -July 1985)
- Royal Viking Line, Oslo Norway - Musical Director/Arranger, tours of Scandinavia, Northern Europe, Greece, Turkey, USSR, Rumania, Brazil, Columbia, the Caribbean, Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Africa (April 1981 - March 1983)
- Performances with The Chieftains, Eddie Harris, Bill Cosby, Joe Lovano, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Don Menza, Kevin Mahogany, Allen Vizzutti, Gus Mancuso, Jamey Aebersold and Clint Holmes
- Recipient National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1981)