Partnering with the Valley Conservatory to Educate Talented Young Musicians
as They Continue to Advance on Their Musical Journey
in Memory of Highly Accomplished Local Musician Danny Hall


August 26, 1952 – December 16, 2018

Daniel (Danny) Thomas Hall was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, into a family that loved and embraced music.  He, along with his siblings and parents, were all musicians and formed a family band that played at local events and church singings throughout his youth.  Danny played guitar along with his father Ken Hall, who was also an accomplished organist.  His mother Daisy played autoharp, sister Debbie played drums, brother Sam played bass guitar, and his twin brother Mike played steel guitar.


Danny studied music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he played in marching and concert bands.  He left college to become a member of a traveling band, and that began his journey as a career musician.  In 1972, Danny moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and established himself on the music scene where he remained a significant force for 46 years.  Danny played with many local bands such as The Rock Fossils, Kozmic Mama, The Crawlers and the The Brakers, as well as performing solo and duo gigs with his local musician friends.


If Danny wasn’t playing a guitar, he was working on one.  Guitarists from far and wide brought guitars to Danny, and he would gently restore them using tools of his own creation.  He was called “the guitar whisperer” by his family due to his unique process of restoration.


Danny was proficient on any instrument he got his hands on.  His children grew up with access to all types of instruments that he encouraged them to explore.  Mandolins, violins, drums, harmonicas, pianos, keyboards, etc., decorated his home.


Danny Hall toured and played with well-known bands, recorded sessions at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, and Mill Kids Studio in Huntsville, and he was well respected by his peers.  He is missed.

The Danny Hall Memorial Music Scholarship is offered by the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation

(MDMEF) in collaboration with Valley Conservatory.  The scholarship pays for a year of music lessons, and

is awarded each year to a talented young musician who could benefit from further training, and who needs financial help.

At the suggestion of Microwave Dave Gallaher, the MDMEF created and implemented a scholarship program entitled the Danny Hall Memorial Music Scholarship, named for the highly accomplished local Huntsville musician, Danny Hall, who passed away in 2018.  A committee comprised of MDMEF board members, and teachers and administrators from our partner, Valley Conservatory, developed criteria and guidelines for current and future applicants of the scholarship.  The first recipient was Jonah Hall. The second was Katie Lee.


The Foundation works with local musicians, educators and music teachers to support and promote music education in North Alabama.  The Danny Hall Memorial Scholarship is part of that mission.  Through this scholarship program, MDMEF hopes to foster talented young musicians, and enable them to progress in their craft.  We are privileged to have Valley Conservatory as a partner in this project


Applicants for the Danny Hall Memorial Music Scholarship are required to respond to the questions below and upload two letters of recommendation as well as a video recorded audition performance showcasing two separate music pieces.


This year's application is due no later than November 2, 2020 and covers tuition for the calendar year January 2021 - December 2021.


Once all information is received, the MDMEF and Valley Conservatory review committee will reach out to each applicant. 


For additional information or questions concerning the scholarship, please contact: Kathy Fisher - kathy47f@gmail.com

to be considered for the 2021 danny hall memorial music scholarship, complete the four steps & click "submit YOUR INFORMATION" below 






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  • Play and video record 2 pieces in different styles or moods

  • Memorization is not required

  • Student will provide their own accompanist (if needed)

  • Appropriate clothing is required


  • Prepare thoroughly in the weeks before your audition.

  • Take a moment to focus on your tempo before you begin playing.

  • Remember dynamics and expression.

  • Bear in mind little mistakes do not matter; just keep going.


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