Mike Dana has been Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College since 1990.  At FCC, he directs the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, co-directs the Jazz Singers, and teaches jazz theory, arranging, history, and advanced improvisation.

He studied with jazz guitar legend Joe Pass, and at the Berklee College of Music.  Performance credits include Cannonball Adderley, Gary Burton, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Ingrid Jensen, and many others. He also performs regularly with his own quartet, and with the 19-piece Jazz Composers Orchestra, which he founded in 2004.

Mike’s compositions for jazz ensemble are widely performed across the United States, and are published by Alfred/Belwin, Heritage/Lorenz, Kendor, UNC Jazz Press, and Walrus.