About DLJH Musical Enterprises…

DLJH Musical Enterprises was established in September 1984 at the start of Darin’s sophomore year of college at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

In the beginning it offered:

  • marching band arranging
  • drum-major training
  • woodwind director for marching band
  • vocal soloist

Within a few years DLJH Musical Enterprises also offered show choir arranging, acting in musicals, and directing musical theatre.

As of 2002, DLJH Musical Enterprises, now located in Kettering, Ohio now offers:

  • Private lessons in
    • Voice
      • 32 former students have appeared on Broadway stages/national tours
      • Since 1992 many students have held lead roles in the Dayton Muse Machine productions
      • 19 are currently choral directors
      • over 20 students are professional vocalists in opera and other performing genres
    • Saxophone
      • 5 former students are band directors
      • Private saxophone students from The Miami Valley have served as soloists and section leaders in area schools since 1992: Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Centerville, Dayton Public Schools, Englewood, Kettering, Miamisburg, Oakwood, Springboro, Springfield, Waynesville, West Carrollton.
    • Piano
      • Piano students generally move on to voice or saxophone, participating in bands, choirs and orchestras
      • Many students go on to play in school jazz bands, or perform with praise groups at church
    • College Piano/Theory prep
      • 95% of all college bound students in music education/performance test out of the first or second semesters of music theory
      • 95% of all college bound students in music education/performance  test out of the first or second semester of piano
    • Field Commander & Student Leadership Training
      • Since 1991 there have been 80 students to serve as drum-majors in the Miami Valley
      • Students from area schools include: Fairmont, Centerville, Beavercreek, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Northmont, Fairborn, Springboro, Oakwood
  • Musical Theatre
    • Director
      • director of 85 musicals
    • Music Director
      • musical director for 52 musicals
    • Conductor
      • conductor for 64 musicals
    • Choreographer
      • choreographer for 38 musicals
    • Playwright
      • LOVE IS ETERNAL: Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln
      • THE BIRD LET LOOSE: Wilbur, Orville & Katharine Wright
      • HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER: Father Flanagan
      • MADONNA OF THE BACKWOODS: Nancy Hanks Lincoln
    • Composer
      • LOVE IS ETERNAL: Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln
      • THE BIRD LET LOOSE: Wilbur, Orville & Katharine Wright
        • with lyricist Gail Whipple & composer Leslie Law Merry
      • HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER: Father Flanagan
      • MADONNA OF THE BACKWOODS: Nancy Hanks Lincoln
    • Performer
      • Starred in 45 musicals such as
        • Joseph – JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (29 productions)
        • Curly – OKLAHOMA! (6 productions)
        • Rapunzel’s Prince – INTO THE WOODS
        • The Baker – INTO THE WOODS
        • Cornelius – HELLO, DOLLY!
        • Che – EVITA
        • Albert – BYE BYE BIRDIE (3 productions)
        • Biff – DEATH OF A SALESMAN
      • Television:
        • Gov. Evan Bayh’s “Christmas Message to Indiana”
        • Liberty Special, 1986
        • Ball State University – various programs & commercials
        • Fred Waring’s America
        • Dayton Public Access
    • Some scenic designer
      • OKLAHOMA!
  • Arranger
    • Marching Band
    • Show Choir
    • Choral
    • Specialty/Theme Parks
    • Arranged for:
      • Ball State University Singers
      • BSU Symphony
      • BSU Marching Band
      • Kings Island Amusement Park
      • Holiday World Amusement Park
      • Northside High School, Muncie, Indiana
      • Elwood High School, Elwood, Indiana
      • Additional arrangements for bands/show choirs in Indiana & Ohio
      • Kettering Fairmont High School, Kettering, Ohio (Chorale, Show Choir)
  • Clinician/Guest Artist
    • Show Choir
    • Show Choir adjudication
    • Musical Theatre production assistance
    • Creative & Liturgical Worship Planning
    • Performance: vocal and/or acting
  • Adoption
    • Trainer for pre-adoptive courses
    • Trainer for on-going training for foster/adoptive licensing
    • Guest speaker advocating older child adoption and single parent adoptio


  • From 5th to 12th grades studied with Dr. Cecil Leeson
  • Ball State University School of Music, 1983-1989
    • Emens Scholar
    • B.S., Music Education – Area Major (band, choir, orchestra, general music)
    • Conducting Endorsement
    • Principal Instruments:  Saxophone (Classical), Voice (Classical)
    • Secondary Instruments:  Piano, Percussion, Flute, Trumpet, Organ
    • First undergraduate to serve as an assistant conductor
    • Section leader & soloist in all major choral & band ensembles
    • Founder (as undergraduate) of BSU Children’s Chorus
    • Studied privately with following professors:
      • Mary Hagopian, voice
      • George Wolfe, saxophone
      • Douglas Amman, choral conducting
      • Timothy Brimmer, choral conducting
      • Stuart Scott, conducting, instrumental/vocal arranging
      • Wayne Dorothy, instrumental conducting
      • Joseph Scagnoli, instrumental conducting
      • Rodger McConnell & Leonard Atherton, general conducting courses
      • Larry Boye, voice, show choir arranging, show choir fundamentals
      • Fritz Mountford, show choir & entertainment
      • Jeff Hoover, orchestral arranging
      • Les Taylor, arranging for marching band, show choir
  • Choral Conducting & Programming:
    • Fred Waring – Fred Waring’s America
  • Musical Theatre Directing:
    • Joshua Logan
  • Theatre:
    • Terry Stump, scenic design
    • Kay Bosse, acting
    • Countless directors, stage managers, scenic designers, sound & lighting designers, etc. who have helped shaped my career


  • Conductor (non-musical theatre)
    • Conductor/Artistic Director of Centerville Community Band, 1992-1999
      • conducted numerous guest artists from throughout the Miami Valley
      • founded and established Celebrate America! concert for the Americana Festival
      • numerous special concerts
    • Guest conductor with
      • Waterloo Police Band from Canada
      • Westerville Community Band
      • Kettering Civic Band
  • Guest soloist with
    • Muncie Symphony Orchestra
    • Ball State Symphony Orchestra
    • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
    • Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Miami Valley Orchestra
    • Kettering Civic Band
    • Guest vocalist for first performance of Dayton’s Schuster Center’s Hard Hat Concert

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