• Dale Dahlquist - Guitar, bass

  • Dale’s first professional stint was in the late 70's touring with Red House recording artist, Dakota Dave Hull. Playing bass as a sideman in concerts at upper-midwest colleges and universities, music quickly became the gotcha. Since then, Dale has performed a wide array of public venues including folk festivals, county fairs, art festivals, TV and radio shows, Minneapolis Aquatennial, Minnesota state fair and numerous music clubs.

    Dale also performs at corporate and private events from weddings to retirement parties. He has recorded music for commercials with clients ranging from retail, to the Minnesota DNR - and a governor.His current band, The Riff Rangers, play a variety of classic blues, jazz, and Western swing infused with tasty originals.Their motto: “Expect Cool Riffs”

    In 2016, Dale began composing on the nylon-string. He regularly performs these gems that feature elements of gypsy-jazz, classical, blues and ragtime.The tenor ukulele became a new passion in 2017. There are several renditions of Dale’s chord-melody arrangements on YouTube.

    Teaching has been an important component in Dale’s musical career. At West Bank School of Music, Dale has taught private and classroom guitar and bass lessons, music theory, and workshops in audio recording and sound reinforcement. He has also taught in metro-area junior and senior high schools, a junior college and classes for the MN Songwriters Association, Jewish Community Center and community education. In 2018, Dale began teaching classes in studio recording for the City of St. Paul at the George Latimer Central Library recording studio.

    Arts administration has been another hallmark of Dale’s life. He was a board member at the storied Extempore Coffeehouse music club for 6 years. He served as a board member of West Bank School of Music from 1979-83, and executive director from 1984-89. During this period he started an Ensemble Program, which drew over 200 students into bands playing under the guidance of professional musicians. Dale organized the Marching Guitar Orchestras in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992, each sporting over 200 synchronized guitar players in Twin Cities parades. Two of those years made front page headlines in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.