Darren Thomas McGuire

Music is fun, it is inspiring, and it is moving. It’s sewn into the fabric of our lives. It tells our stories, and mine is no exception. When your parents met working together at a record shop in the ‘70s, it’s kind of hard to avoid eventually taking it on as a career. From day 1, it got in me and after 20+ years, thousands of performances, thousands of miles, countless hours of studying and teaching, it’s still there and it’s never going away. As a musician, it is my passion and privilege to share what I know and pass on the great tradition of music. If you have something to say, why not say it through song?

Performer & Songwriter

Need a bassist/vocalist who can also double on the sax, guitar, piano and mandolin? How about a multiple award winning musician (Music Connection Magazine’s Top 100 Independent Touring Bands of 2015 with Mark Mackay, Musicians Institute’s Outstanding Student Award in 2013 upon graduation from their Bachelor Program for Bass) who has 18 years of professional experience touring all over the US, performing on cruise ships internationally, playing to crowds of more than 17,000, has recorded on a multitude of studio albums for many artists while also writing and arranging with these artists?

Private Lessons

Music is the single biggest thing in my life. I love it, I enjoy it. I want to share that passion with you. Lessons are a mix of fun, joy, and of course music education! We’ll discuss your love for music, musicians and artists you admire, and I’ll share some of those who have influenced and inspired me. Lessons are custom tailored to the students likes and goals, with the first lesson being a musical “let’s get to know each other” session. With my bachelor’s degree in music, we can cover all styles/genres of music, music theory, reading music and learning by ear. Enjoy!

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    About Me

    And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love…you make.” When your parents met working together at a record shop in the ‘70s, it’s kind of hard to avoid being indoctrinated with music and eventually taking it on as a career. The Beatles, The Police/Sting, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pink Floyd and other similar artists became the aural fabric of my life. I was filled with music from day 1; it got in me, it’s still there and it’s never going away.

    From those humble beginnings in Allentown, Pennsylvania, it led me to live in places such as Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, where I’ve been based since 2010. It has influenced every decision in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to tour all over the United States, and perform on cruise ships internationally, all while playing just about every style/genre of music you can imagine. I may have come up with rock, but jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, hip hop, country, classical and even musical theatre have all had a major influence on me. I’ve recorded multiple instruments on a multitude of albums. 7 different instruments to be exact, but my biggest love, the bass, is the instrument I have logged most of my work on.

    However, my two most favorite things to do in music are write, and teach. Why? Because I get to utilize the vast knowledge I’ve gained along the way. I received my bachelor’s degree in Bass Performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2013, receiving the Outstanding Student Award. I learned much about writing songs, music theory, and the business of music. So why not share? Music is fun, it is inspiring, and it is moving. It’s sewn into the fabric of our lives. It tells our stories, and mine is no exception. As a musician, I feel it is my duty to share what I know and pass on the great tradition of music, so that it may live on with us.

    Education

    Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with a concentration in bass.
    Outstanding Student Award

    Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA