A musician born and raised in Syracuse, New York in a musical family, Daniel Pugh has been playing piano since the age of five and performing since the age of seven. Although he began with classical music, by the age of 13, Pugh started playing jazz and soon after auditioned for the Stan Colella All-Star Youth Big Band of the City of Syracuse. This band performed at the Syracuse Jazz Festival and the OCC Jazz Festival, where Pugh received several awards for his outstanding musicianship and ability as a soloist.
Pugh attended Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse and was awarded the Sarah Lombardi Award for Musical Excellence; upon graduation he was given the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence by the Marine Corps. Prior to graduating high school, he volunteered at nursing homes playing duo or trio jazz. Since attending Berklee, he has performed at the Berklee Performance Center, written original compositions and performed them at the Syracuse Jazz and Wine Fest, performed weekly at a local jazz club, and performed at private events in the Boston area.
After graduating from Berklee, Pugh plans on composing and performing his and other musicians’ works as well as teaching.