Dane Clark, drummer for John Mellencamp and AU alumnus, has been selected to receive the 2002 “Outstanding Music Alumni Award” from the AU Department of Music. Clark was chosen by the music faculty for his significant contributions to music as a teacher and performer. Since graduating from Anderson University with a degree in percussion performance in 1982, Dane Clark has built an impressive résumé. Currently the drummer for Mellencamp, Clark has also played for an eclectic mix of artists, including Bob Woodruff, Carrie Newcomer, Kennedy Rose, Ray Boltz, and Lisa Germano.
Clark attended AU on scholarship and began his career as a studio musician while still a student. In addition to his work as a professional drummer, Clark pursued parallel careers as songwriter and producer. “I started doing session work as a drummer in the Indianapolis area, all the while continuing to hone the craft of songwriting. I joined John Mellencamp’s band in 1996 as a drummer and have enjoyed that position ever since.”
But drumming isn’t the only skill in Clark’s repertoire. Clark recently produced Carl Storie’s self-titled album, and collaborated with some of Nashville’s most decorated writers, including Marianne Kennedy and Pam Rose. His new self-titled debut solo album features Clark as a singer-songwriter, and includes a mix of “Heartland Rock” tunes that are not only reminiscent of his roots, but also set him apart as an original artist.
Clark recently performed with Mellencamp at Farm Aid 2002 in Western Pennsylvania and The Concert for New York at Madison Square Garden, a benefit concert for the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the terrorist attacks in 2001. He has toured extensively with Mellencamp, as well as the Gaithers and Ray Boltz, and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
Clark continues to teach privately and participate in studio recording sessions in Indianapolis. His new CD may be purchased from his website, www.daneclark.com.
Clark will be honored by the Music Department during the Homecoming Concert on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Reardon Auditorium on the AU campus. The concert will feature Clark performing with the AU Jazz Ensemble, as well as a performance by the AU Wind Ensemble.
— Writer Michele Lilly works in the AU Department of Music