A bike ride to Kenora, volunteer hours galore, Folk Fest, and family ties to music: all of this encompasses Daniel Perry, one of the WSO double bass players. Read on to get to know Daniel a little bit better in our first installation of Meet the Musician!
“Within the WSO, it’s like a family. Everyone has a different role in it; it’s not just being the best musician,” says Daniel. “I feel like my role is to promote positive culture in the organization.”
When he isn’t playing the bass, Daniel volunteers for an organization called The Wrench, the largest and best-equipped community bike shop in western Canada. With The Wrench, he participates in the Wheels of Courage Program. This summer, Daniel organized a bike ride out to Kenora with four other WSO musicians.
“Being the guy to help people get set up so they can bike commute easily is awesome,” says Daniel. “Because a ride to Kenora is such a big goal, we had a couple people bike commuting through the year so they’d be ready for it. When the ride happened, I had more people in the orchestra tell me they wanted to get involved for when we ride out next year, so they’ll start commuting with their bikes too.”
Daniel and the other musicians split the 220 KM ride to Kenora into two days, finishing 160 KM on the first day and 60 KM on the second day.
“We stopped at [horn player] Ken McDonald’s farm for breakfast on the way out, and then [concertmaster] Gwen Hoebig hosted us the next day for lunch at her cabin. There are ways for people to feel involved and excited even if they weren’t able to ride themselves, and I think it really strengthened the sense of community in the orchestra. “
Daniel also works for the WSO’s Sistema program two times a week and says he loves it because it’s an avenue for positive social change through music. Daniel has worked for Sistema for the past four years, teaching double bass to students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to music lessons.
This summer, Daniel played in the Oregon Coast Music Festival. He’s been playing the festival every year for the past five years. On his vacation, he did the Cross Washington Mountain Bike Route.
“There’s a 2 ¼ mile train tunnel through the mountain, so it’s completely pitch black. You have to ride your bike through that for over two miles. I stopped and turned off my light to take a photo on my phone with flash but then I was like ‘I need to keep going!’ it was amazing.”
The concert Daniel is most excited for this season is Jeremy Dutcher with Orchestra on October 9. Daniel loves playing Brahms’ symphonies and was excited to play Brahms First Symphony because “Brahms has some of the best bass parts”.
Some not-symphonic artists Daniel loves to listen to are Royal Canoe, Janelle Monet, Tame Impala, and artists he discovers through going to Folk Fest.
FUN FACT: Daniel’s father, along with Jane Pulford’s and Andrew Goodlett’s fathers, played in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the same time.
BACKGROUND CHECK: Daniel has played in the WSO since 2014, and has also played with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.
HOMETOWN: Indianapolis, Indiana.
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WINNIPEG: All of the sunshine in the winter.
GO-TO SNACK: Anything from Shawarma Khan.