Things are moving again for Abney Park. Daniel Cederman, who brought a solid bass to the band since Lost Horizons, has decided to leave the band. The best is to let you read his own words :
Its true that my time with Abney Park has come to an end. I have had a great 8 years, 100+ shows, and 8 albums with the band and wouldn’t trade a minute of it. As some of you may know, last August I moved to Chicago to temporarily work as the Engineer Planner with the 416th Theater Engineer Command located at the Argonne Research Lab.
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My intention was to work there for a year and then come back to Seattle to continue on with Abney Park. However, while there, I was offered a position as the Dean of Military Science at Hofstra University in NYC. I knew that if I took that position I would have to give up touring with the band because I would be across the country, and we were planning on increasing our show touring schedule quite a bit.
Understand that this was a difficult / heartbreaking decision, but I decided to take that opportunity in NYC and work on my PhD while I’m there.[…]
The band has always been a family to me, and I will miss everything about it. […]
Lastly I would like to thank all of the fans and supporters who have stayed with me along the way. It has been a great 8 years and I’ll miss seeing you at the shows.
Thanks again to Robert Brown, Titus Munteanu, Kristina, and Josh Goering for all the great memories. I hope to see everyone soon!
Good bye letter from Robert Brown :
It is with heavy heart that I announce Dan Cederman, one of our longest running band members, is leaving Abney Park. Dan was our only part-time musician, he also had a day job in the army, and nine months ago he was transferred to Chicago. Last month, he received news he had been excepted as the Dean of the Military Science Department at Hofstra University in NYC. In addition to this, he will also serve as the Reserve Advisor to several other schools in the Greater NYC area to include St. Johns, Rutgers, and Princeton. This distance, plus his new responsibilities, have made it impossible for him to continue with Abney Park.
Dan has been a good friend and wonderful bandmate, and though the friend ship will never change, we will miss him deeply on stage. Rarely does any band see such long term commit, often at great personal cost to himself. He performed over 100 shows with us, and has recorded on every album since Lost Horizons.
Daniel, thank you for your time, hard work, and creative contribution to Abney Park. You will be missed.
~ “Captain” Robert Brown
You can follow Daniel on his personal blog : http://adreamdivided.com
Photo by Jenni El Fattal