Daniel Fackler has been an active performer throughout the Chicago area. He has appeared as soloist, having performed works by Bach, Britten, Cherubini, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Strauss, Howard Whitaker and Vivaldi. In 1986 Mr. Fackler was hornist of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, participating in the group's Silver Anniversary Tour. He has performed with the Moody Blues, Pepe Romero, Peter Nero, Victor Borge, Richard Stoltzman, Luciano Pavarotti, Judy Collins, Roger Daltrey, the Canadian Brass, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson and Rich Little. He has been featured soloist on concert tours throughout Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary as well as throughout the United States.
Mr. Fackler holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory, listing Dale Clevenger, Verne Reynolds, Melanie Cottle and Norman Schweikert among his principal teachers. He is an alumnus of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, former principal horn of the Elgin Symphony, Elmhurst Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival and Illinois Chamber Symphony. He is an accomplished orchestrator and arranger of brass and chamber music and has participated in recordings made by the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Millar Brass Ensemble and radio/television commercials. Additionally, Dan held adjunct faculty positions at Concordia University and Moody Bible Institute.
Barbara Ann Fackler spent many years as an active freelance harpist in the greater Chicago area participating in a variety of performances from ensemble member to soloist. She and her husband are currently focusing on original music and transcriptions for horn and harp. Many of her arrangements grew out of the needs of her adult students to find music that is accessible and useful to them. This music has been used in church services, harp circle performances, as background music during receptions and recitals.
Barbara has performed concerti by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart and Ginastera. She toured France as featured soloist and principal harp with the International Congress of Musicians, toured with Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd for the group's Silver Anniversary Tour and has performed with musicians such as Peter Nero, Julio Iglesias, Pepe Romero, Millar Brass, and Richard Stoltzman.