Daniel Petersen III Foundation
Motivational / Inspirational Brand Ambassador / Artist

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14-Year-Old South African Musical Prodigy to Play DW Drums, Pedals & Hardware

Breaking News: Danno received Lifetime Achievement Award from 44th President Barack Obama at a Gall dinner in new Orleans USA hosted by Woman of Wealth Magazine.

(September 27th, 2016 – Oxnard, California) 14-year-old South African drum prodigy Daniel “Danno” Petersen III has joined the Drum Workshop Inc. family as an official endorser of DW drums, pedals and hardware.  Headquartered in Oxnard, California, the internationally respected drum brand is also endorsed by such legendary artists as Neil Peart (Rush), Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) among many others.

“Much like our relationship with such iconic players as Josh Freese and Tony Royster, Jr. who also became DW artists when they were very young, Danno is one of those rare young artists whose gifts transcends his youth,” said Drum Workshop, Inc. Founder Don Lombardi. “DW is looking forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Playing drums since he was a toddler, Petersen has accrued an impressive resume of accomplishments including performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival when he was only six. He has also performed for numerous dignitaries including former President Nelson Mandela, Former President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, Former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and  the former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Mr. Tito Mboweni and the South African Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Mr. Ebrahim Rasool among others.

Pursuing academic success has also been a Petersen’s passion. At the age of 11, he became South Africa’s youngest-ever college student by enrolling at the University of Western Cape World to study music and he became the youngest student at London’s Trinity University to pass Grade 8 music exams with distinction.

Petersen’s musical accomplishments also continue to grow exponentially. In addition to his studying and playing, in 2015, he travelled to the legendary Capital Records’ Studio in Hollywood, CA to record his first-ever demo record.

Daniel “Danno” Petersen III will celebrate his 14th birthday at Winnies Soul & Jazz Restaurant on Saturday, October 1st. For ticket information visit: http://www.winnies.co.za/event/daniel


Founded in 1972, Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned and operated musical instrument company best known for designing and manufacturing award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories under the DW and PDP banners. In 2014, the company expanded to include other iconic American instrument brands such as Gretsch Drums®, Latin Percussion®, Toca Percussion®, KAT® Technologies, Gibraltar® hardware and Ovation Guitars®. DW’s wide range of products is endorsed by many of the world’s top artists including: Neil Peart, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Phil Collins, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley and Dave Grohl among others. Drum Workshop, Inc. is headquartered in Oxnard, California. For more information visit www.dwdrums.com  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


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Danno welcomed by Don Lombardi President of Drumworkshop - DW - Drums

Danno DW Book picture