Dawn’s current musical projects include instrumental duo Mental 99 with guitarist extraordinaire Joe Gore and singer/songwriter Shana Morrison. She has also toured with Grammy winning singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman. Other musical projects in the not too distant past have also included rock band Dolorata and recording sessions with singer/songwriters Alexis Harte, Toby Beard and Lucia Comnes.
Dawn continues to play and teach drums and create materials for drummers of all ages and levels to foster learning technique and spark creative drumming. She has recently been producing lesson materials for www.onlinedrummer.com and her latest full-length course, Chart Topping Drum Fills, the 60’s through today combines a 61-page book (available as both e-book and hard copy) and video demonstration segment – which includes both song examples and coordination building exercises.
Dawn also has various drum method books published by Mel Bay Publications (Building Blocks of Rock; Fill Workbook; Block Rockin’ Beats; Kid’s Rock Drum Method; Beginning Rock Drum Chart) and has appeared in feature articles in Modern Drummer and Drum! magazines. She has also done some writing for various drumming publications along the way, including Tom Tom, DW Edge and Drum! magazines. Dawn is also happy to have been a part of the Hit Like a Girl campaign from its’ inception. HLAG is a global contest that seeks to increase the visibility and acceptance of female drummers and to promote drumming to girls and women.
Dawn has toured and /or recorded with 4 Non Blondes (Interscope Records), Erika Luckett (Birdfish Records), Lillix (Maverick Records), Penelope Houston (Normal Records), Gus (Almo Sounds), Angel Corpus Christi (Almo Sounds), The Loud Family (Alias Records), Go Go Market ((Innerstate Records/featuring Chuck Prophet), Holly Vincent, Blame Sally, Kindness, The Martinis (featuring Joey Santiago of The Pixies), and Vicki Randle (The Tonight Show).
As a member of 4 Non Blondes, Dawn received gold and platinum records for sales in the United States and abroad. She toured the world, opening for such rock legends as Aerosmith, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Prince and has appeared on national and international television performing live on The Dave Letterman Show, The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, MTV’s Beach House, The Billboard Music Awards, and England’s Top of the Pops.
Dawn grew up in Los Angeles and began playing the drums at the age of 13. Throughout high school and college, she played drums and percussion in all sorts of groups including rock bands, marching band, concert band, orchestra and percussion ensembles. She holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Percussion from Cal State Los Angeles and has studied with the principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Raynor Carroll and with studio greats Steve Houghton and Greg Goodall. Dawn currently lives in San Francisco where she teaches and continues to perform and record with various musical projects. Dawn is endorsed by Pacific Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks.