Seven Summer Sundays: Dan Santistevan guitarist at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo



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Dan Santistevan is thankful for the opportunity to have performed seven Sundays for the 2019 Summer Music at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO. As a long-time local resident, Santistevan witnessed first hand how the Zoo is truly a “melting pot” and how refreshing it is to observe people of all ages and all walks of life enjoying and exploring the Legacy the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and all it has to offer.”

The incredible landscape and layout nestled into the side of Cheyenne Mountain makes it the only mountain zoo in the United States! The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is open year-round to be considered one of the Crown Jewels of Colorado Springs and the surrounding Pikes Peak Region.

DanSantistevanDan Santistevan, guitarist performing at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Dan Santistevan is a Multimedia Producer for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) Future Warfare Center, Center of Excellence, Space & Missile Defense School located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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Santistevan provides technical support expertise in digital media design and Distributed Learning instruction to include creative direction, graphic design, animation, video production, motion graphics, art, illustration, logo design, branding and photography.


Dan’s graphic design artwork has been featured in the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s Overview multimedia presentation and the cover graphic artwork for two publications of the AFSPC High Frontier Journal featuring the Schriever Wargame 2010 Vol 7 No1. and Schriever Wargame 2011 Vol 5 No 4. The last edition of the High Frontier The Journal for Space and Cyberspace Professionals was published August 2011.


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Dan Santistevan, guitarist with BALANCED ROCK performing at the sold-out 2019 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo adults-only event Tails Tunes and Tastes held August 29th. Band members pictured (l-r) George Ulrich, Dan Santistevan, Andrea Fine and John Crawmer, and Chris Nall on drums.

Santistevan’s video production experience dates back to 1982 with the creation of the six-minute cel animated rock video King’s Elevator. As Executive Producer he spearheaded the project by writing and recording the song as a guitarist in the rock band Once, and collaborating with local Colorado Springs artists at OXO Films and Animart F/X Animation Co. Bob and Linn Trochim, Hollywood animation veterans relocated to Colorado Springs and purchased the Alexander Film Studios animation departmentHe also had hundreds of boxes of beautiful animation cels, purchased from Alexander Film Company, originally used in theatrical commercials, and these contained effects such as sparkles, explosions, etc., which he freely allowed the crew to use in the film. The inventory included hundreds of boxes of beautiful animation cels, originally used in theatrical commercials, and these contained effects such as sparkles, explosions, etc., which he freely allowed the crew to use in the film.

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Dan has been an instructor at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center – Bemis School of Art since 2010 teaching an introductory Adobe Photoshop 101 class specializing in digital media design, encouraging students to develop their technical computer skills to express their creative artistic design instincts.

The Bemis School of Art is located behind the Fine Arts Center near Cascade Ave. and Cache La Poudre St. at 818 Pelham Place in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. 



BALANCED ROCK (from left) George Ulrich – Bass Guitar/Vocals, Chris Nall – Drums, Dan Santistevan – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals, John Crawmer– Lead Guitar and Andrea Fine – Lead Vocals/Bass. Photo Credt: PPLD

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Dan is an accomplished musician/songwriter as co-founding member of the Colorado Springs-based rock group BALANCED ROCK. In 2017, the band released their debut CD album Ready To Roll. available on YouTube.combr_yt-150x150





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BALANCED ROCK was honored to be selected for a fifth consecutive year to perform at the 2019 Manitou Springs Library Summer Lawn Concert Series. The concert performance was held June 11th at 701 Manitou Avenue, in downtown historic Manitou Springs, Colorado.


BALANCED ROCK is looking forward to returning to perform at the beautiful and somewhat secretive setting of Hillside Gardens and Events Center for their 2019 Summer Concert Series. Concert is scheduled to take place Wednesday July 31st from 6:00 -8:30 pm at 1006 S. Institute in Colorado Springs, CO. Mark your calendar! You won’t want to miss this event. Gates open at 6:00 pm. See website for full 2019 concert schedule


BALANCED ROCK celebrates the Fourth of July at Flying Horse 2019 for their 2019 Summer Concert Series. Concert is scheduled to take place Thursday July 4th from 6:00 -8:00 pm at Angel Mist Park 13509 Silverton Road in northern Colorado Springs, CO. 80921. Bring a lawn chair. Picnic baskets an welcome. Sock optional.