About.

Darren began square dancing at the age of thirteen with his younger sister. The local square dance class in Lompoc, California, did not allow children at the time so Darren and his sister took lessons at the Squaws & Pas Square Dance Club 30 miles away in Santa Maria, CA.

 

Darren was immediately drawn to the music and the calling of square dancing. Darryl Hamilton, the caller who taught Darren to dance, also gave him his first square dance record, "Something About You Baby I Like", and taught him to call.

 

Darren called his first full dance for the Valley Whirlers Square Dance Club in Santa Maria at age 15. His parents, who also square danced, had to take him to that first dance because Darren didn't have a driver's license yet. It wasn't long after that dance that Darren became the Club Caller for the Valley Whirlers.

Since then Darren has called for clubs, festivals, and conventions all over California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah, Washington, DC, and British Columbia, Canada.

 

Darren fronts his own band, CROSSFIRE, and they can be seen playing for square dances and private parties.

 

Darren is also a square dance recording artist and currently records for Hi Hat, Blue Star, and Rawhide records.  Darren is a member of CALLERLAB and the Gay Callers Association.

 

Currently, Darren calls for Cuesta Squares in San Luis Obispo, CA.