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1 yrs old :​

– Danno’s starts playing drums when still in diapers.

3 yrs :

– Makes his first appearance on National Television.

– Former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka invites Daniel to play at her official residence in Cape Town.

4 yrs :

– Daniel makes history as the youngest artist to receive a full endorsement from Yamaha and Anatolian Cymbals.

– Danno starts playing gigs.

5 yrs:

– Performs at Freedom Day Celebration for President Mbeki

– Live performances at the World Trade Centre – New Orleans, USA; International Convention Centre – Children’s Hospital – New Orleans, USA November – 2008

– Child Welfare Annual Dinner Johannesburg, SA Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, Ms Baleka Mbete, International Woman’s Day Celebration in Parliament.

6 yrs : 

– Forms the DANIEL PETERSEN III FOUNDATION making it possible at his 6th birthday at the Grand West Entertainment Centre for 200 kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-privileged environments to receive brand new flutes from Yamaha. They were treated to Nando’s and of course a drumming solo of a life-time from Danno himself.

– Performs at 90th Birthday celebrations of Nelson Mandela.

– Plays at a multi-national workshop of Don Wilson – eight times kickboxing champion of the USA. He was Don’s ultimate example of, “ someone who believes he can do it ”.

– Danno is invited to perform at one of the inauguration functions of President Barack Obama. This was respectfully declined!

– Danno performs at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival USA.

7 yrs : 

– 7 – 11 yrs : Makes history when Danno appears in a SA Afrikaans text book for grade 7 learners for the next 5 years.

8 yrs : 

– Danno makes the line-up for the popular New Orleans jazz festival in the USA. (Close to 700,000 people).

– Performs with his family in the Expresso Family contest shown on SABC 3 where Danno sang along with his sister, and also reveals an accomplished command of the jazz piano while his father plays drums this time. (Continued 8 yrs old)

– Performs at Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday in Portugal. This was also the fundraiser with former Governor of the reserve bank Tito Mboweni for the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital.

– His Yamaha advertisement is voted by ADFOCUS Financial Mail – by more than 1 million people out of 70 000 commercials – as one of the 20 most liked ads on TV.

9 yrs :

– Appears live with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the Christmas concert 2011. This concert was broadcast to over 270 Countries worldwide.

10 yrs :

– Performs at the Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday celebrations in Washington DC and UCLA Los Angeles as a special guest of His Excellency Mr. Ebrahim Rasool – SA Ambassador to the USA.

– Plays live at a very prestigious UNISA Gala Dinner with the following musicians: Michael Philips – Base guitar player for Judith Sepuma, Cameron Ward – Guitar player for Hugh Masekela, Johan Mthethwa – keyboard player for Joyous Celebration.

11 yrs :

– Becomes SA’s youngest University Student and enrolls at the University of the Western Cape UWC.

12 yrs :

– January 2015, he records his first demo album at Capital records Hollywood USA in. One of the youngest to record a demo album.

13 yrs : 

– Danno passes grade 8 music exams with a distinction through Trinity College London as the youngest person in South Africa to achieve it at 13.

– Performs on the soundtrack of the film, Kalushi – Biopic of the Solomon Mahlangu story – with the Rashid Lanie Band. The film premiered in March, the soundtrack winning the Rapid Lion Award for the best music score.

– Attended the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp at Loyola University – New Orleans.

– Appeared on the Drum Channel with Don Lombardi President of DW Drums

– Attended a Jam session with Earth Wind and Fire Producer Wayne Vaughn.

14 yrs :

– 30 September 2016 – Danno turns 14 yrs old, a decade ago since Yamaha endorsement.

– October 1, Join the DRUM WORKSHOP INC. DW DRUMS INTERNATIONAL as an official International Artist.

– Danno toured the USA where conducted 51 music workshops as an International speaker and drummer. ±300 students per workshop attended.

– He has done several Live TV shows with more than 100 million people viewing his appearance.

– Recipient of the 44 th President Barack Obama – Lifetime Achievement Award

15 yrs :

– Danno was selected by News 24 as one of the 100 Mandela’s of the future

– President Cyril Ramaphosa – President of the Republic of South Africa selected Danno to be one of his Youth Trailblazers for 2018. – Danno is the youngest ever to receive this recognition from the President of South Africa

– Played at the Grammys After Party

Gear List

IVM4500 Wireless In Ear Monitor System
EC81 MD Ear Hook Microphone
C111LP Microphone
WMS 470 Wireless Instrument Set
C414XLS Matched Pair – Overheads
D12VR – Kicks
C451B – Cymbals
D40 – Toms and Snare
K182 – Closed Back Reference Headphones