Dan Burtz, tuba, has performed in multiple ensembles during various assignments with the United States Air Force. He has been tubist with the Lompoc Pops Orchestra in California, the Great Falls Symphony in Montana, and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. He also led the Del Monte Brass ensemble at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has been a member of the Little London Winds in Colorado Springs, the Winds of Montana, the Mesilla Valley Community Band in New Mexico, and numerous other community bands and chamber ensembles. He also founded the Grace United Methodist Church orchestra in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Lieutenant Colonel Burtz is the acting dean of the National Security Space Institute at Peterson Air Force Base. He has a Bachelor of Science in Space Operations from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Engineering in Space Operations from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and a PhD in Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
In addition to music, Colonel Burtz is an avid living historian and horseman, reenacting cavalry action from the Mexican War through the Civil War and Indian Wars. He appears in historical documentaries and competes regularly at the National Cavalry Competition.
His wife Angie is originally from Monument, Colorado, and is currently the principle oboe in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and performs regularly with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on oboe and English horn. They live in Black Forest with their boys, Mason and Baxter.