As the oldest of 15 siblings, Dane spent his childhood helping care for his younger brothers and sisters. He discovered early on in life his passion to sing and perform, so he left home to pursue music at the age of 16. After many years performing with different bands around Boston and traveling on the road, Dane came home to start a family. Having persevered and overcome some very difficult situations over the years, Dane knew that he wanted to use his experiences to help others who may be facing the same struggles. Dane joined the Speakers’ Bureau when it began and uses his story, poetry and music to connect with audiences.