Dan is superintendent of schools for Eureka County, Nevada. Called "Danimal" by friends and family, he served as a teacher and coach, an assistant principal and athletic director, a principal and a district director prior to becoming superintendent.
Two passions have characterized Dan's life: art and athletics. He competed in three sports in high school and two, on scholarship, in college. Coach Wold put in a combined 47 seasons of football, basketball and track. He still competes in recreational basketball and masters track meets.
Before moving into administration, Dan taught art for 24 years, and still teaches adult classes in stained glass and landscape painting. He has sold dozens of artworks on commission, and has had five of his pieces published in an international art quarterly. While a young adult, Dan created "The Outdoorsman Game," a board game for hunters and fishers that sold out two editions nationwide.
Music is a relatively new endeavor for Margaret. She started playing bass when Nathan offered her the instrument at a music party, and soon moved on to playing in his band, where he discovered she could even sing - harmony! Subsequently, Margaret has dabbled in song writing, and has a website featuring her original work.
Margaret loves people almost as much as tall trees and rock formations. You might find her riding her mountain bike in The Sierra on a really good day, or typing a report about a student with special needs on a more typical day. Helping and inspiring others has long been her focus, and she worked in hospital pastoral care, youth ministry and teaching (middle school!) in her early career years.
Margaret is currently excited to be nearing completion of post-doctoral internship doing supervised psychotherapy so as to be licensed as a private practice psychologist. With her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, she has worked as a school psychologist in Minnesota and Nevada. Interestingly, she first met Dan Wold when he was a fairly new principal at Lake Tahoe, but it was many years later that he was asked to join the Scarlet Verbs.
Nathan makes his living as a software engineer.A t age 18 he got a job as a ‘gopher’ at a technology firm and quickly progressed to senior software engineer within five years. Now, as a consulting engineer, he mostly develops programs for automatic semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
Nathan was exposed to music at a young age by his talented mother. He was singing at age seven, and started playing guitar at age 14. He played lead guitar in a few garage bands through his school years, dreaming of being a rock and roll star. As a young adult, Nathan wanted to incorporate his passion for singing with his guitar playing, so he bought an acoustic guitar and taught himself how to play chords and rhythm. That developed into playing and singing with friends on camping trips almost every weekend for several years.
At age 15, Nathan was taught by his father to fly a light plane. He learned to take it off, land it, do some simple aerobatics and fly in formation through traveling to fly-ins such as the famed event in Oshkosh. Then at age 18 while traveling on Highway 1 along the coast, he saw hang gliders flying over the cliffs of Marina beach near Monterey, California. After stopping to watch, he became excited enough about the sport to come back the next weekend and start taking lessons. With his flying background, he quickly progressed and was soon soaring the cliffs on his own. Competitions around the nation soon followed, which led to the opportunity to regularly play music around a campfire! After 25 years of flying hang gliders, Nathan transitioned to flying sailplanes (full size gliders),
and moved to Minden, Nevada, which is widely known as the best soaring area in the world.
After moving to Minden, Nathan wanted to share his talent and passion for music with others. While playing acoustic solo gigs at open mics around the Tahoe area, he became acquainted with several local musicians. After a brief stint with another band, he set out to form his own musical group. Margaret Dixon became the bass guitar player, and with another guitarist and a drummer, Nathan formed a band he named “The Scarlet Verbs.” This foursome played many gigs around Tahoe. Eventually though, other demands pushed the drummer and the other guitarist into leaving The Scarlet Verbs, which meant the band needed, at least, a new drummer. Margaret knew Danny through her work at the schools, and invited him to a tryout session, after which he was asked to join the band. The Scarlet Verbs have been playing as a trio ever since.