Peter Dankelson has been called, “A champion of the human spirit,” by Stevie Dacanay of the band Buckcherry and a “Difference maker in life,” by Mike Babcock, NHL Head Coach 2002 - 2019 and a 2x Olympic Gold-Medalist.
Peter motivates audiences to live their best life by choosing a positive mindset and finding self-acceptance. He shares his medical journey with Goldenhar Syndrome, living life with a facial difference, and overcoming his hearing loss and other disabilities to teach himself how to play the guitar. Peter demonstrates how music helps him express his emotions, and he encourages audiences to find their own creative outlet.
Peter has been honored as a Patient of Courage by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Champion of Hope by Global Genes. He is an ambassador for Children’s Craniofacial Association, the front man for the Pete’s Diary band, and the co-author of his autobiography, How I Learned to Rock My Life: The Peter Dankelson Story. He has performed with professional musicians including Joe Bonamassa, Tyler Bryant, Jared James Nichols, Dirty Honey, and Buckcherry. Music Radar named him one of 2020’s Best Online Guitar Personalities.
Recognition & Honors
2020 Top Online Guitar Personality
2018 Patient of Courage Honoree
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Spirit of Community Awards