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 funded by the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation (MDMEF) in collaboration with Valley Conservatory.  The scholarship pays tuition for one year of music lessons, and is awarded each year to a deserving young musician who could benefit from expert tutoring and financial assistance.

At the suggestion of the Foundation’s namesake, Microwave Dave Gallaher, the MDMEF developed and implemented a scholarship program in memory of local Huntsville musician Danny Hall, titled the Danny Hall Memorial Music Scholarship. Danny Hall, who was a beloved and very accomplished local musician, passed away in 2018.  A committee comprised of MDMEF board members, and teachers and administrators from Valley Conservatory, developed criteria and guidelines for applicants to submit for the scholarship.  The first recipient was Jonah Hall, the son of Danny Hall. The second was Katie Lee.

2021 Winners:

Anna Katherine and Isaac Gentle

The Foundation, which is a non-profit 501(c)3, works with local musicians, educators and music teachers to support and promote music education in North Alabama. The Danny Hall Memorial Scholarship has become an integral part of that mission. Through this scholarship program, MDMEF hopes to assist and foster talented young musicians, enabling them to progress in their craft as well as in life.

Applicants for the Danny Hall Memorial Scholarship are required to answer a questionnaire, provide two letters of recommendation and submit a recorded video audition of them performing, showcasing two separate pieces of music.  The submissions will be judged by the MDMEF and Valley Conservatory committee and all applicants will be notified of the final selection. Applicants are encouraged to resubmit for the following years selection process, if they are not selected for the current years music lessons.

The 2022 Scholarship application process will open up on September 6, 2021 and applications should be submitted no later than November 5, 2021 for the music lesson award. The scholarship will run through the calendar year from January to December 2022.

For additional information or questions concerning the Scholarship, please contact Ms. Kathy Fisher, MDMEF coordinator, at scholarships@microwavedavemef.org

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