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Local automotive dealer has flair for music

Dane Roessler sits in his office with his bass guitar.

When most people locally think about Dane Roessler, the thought of one of Walterboro’s most straightforward and fair automobile and truck dealers comes to mind.

Roessler has owned A&D Auto Sales, now located at 1084 Bells Highway in Walterboro, for the past 15 years. He started his local business at the corner of Robertson and North Jefferies boulevards. Roessler first got into the vehicle sales business 28 years ago. “I try to be a fair businessman. I try to treat others as I would want to be treated, which is being treated fairly.”

But, along with a good business-oriented mindset, Roessler also has talents that are musical in nature. “My hobby is music. I’ve been doing this for 47 years, and was a studio musician in Atlanta, Georgia at one time,” he said. Roessler’s talents came partially through genetics. His father played saxophone with the Earl Gardner Orchestra in the 1940’s. He added his older brother also influenced him. “My oldest brother started guitar lessons early in life, and that got me interested,” Roessler said.

In the 1960’s and 70’s, Roessler played as a studio musician with big names such as James Brown and the beach band Charity. He is also a songwriter, a practice he also made money on during that era. “In the 60’s and 70’s, I wrote a few songs that hit the Top 40, but I’m not at liberty to say who did those songs because my publishing rights have expires.”

Today, Roessler is very active in the Choir and Praise Team at Grace Advent Christian Church on Mount Carmel Road in Walterboro. “I play and also sing extensively at church, he said. “I sing, play the guitar and bass guitar, and I have been fortunate at it. I’ve been blessed with a good voice and I’m pretty proficient with my instruments.” Roessler also noted he is still writing songs. “I have written a few gospel songs, and a couple of them have been copyrighted. I’ve also written a several gospel-related songs that I haven’t put out there, yet.”    

Roessler is also involved with a band that covers 70’s and 80’s hits. “We play at weddings and other outdoor events, and we’re now working on doing some big events, one of them on Kiawah Island.” Roessler said. He added that playing in the band “keeps my mind sharp and my playing up to par.” Roessler noted, however, that he doesn’t let his involvement in music interfere with his daytime job or his devotion to God. 

In 1998, Roessler established Colleton Cares Toys for Kids, an effort to provide toys for needy families whose children would not otherwise have presents at Christmastime. “Since that time, it has grown tremendously, with the Colleton United Way now heading it up. It’s a complete success, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

When Roessler is not busy with his automobile/truck business and his music, he enjoys spending time with family. “I really enjoy my family and my and my grandchildren. I love to spend time with them,” he said.