Daniel started his music career in Cedar City, Utah learning trumpet, piano and guitar in 2009. He continued with trumpet through middle and partially high School where he excelled as principal trumpet in many ensembles including Jazz Band, Concert and Symphonic Bands. After moving to Smithfield, Utah he transitioned to french horn where he received principal french horn in the Sky View High School Symphonic Band. Later he would move to Idaho Falls, Idaho and play french horn at Idaho Falls High School where he competed in Idaho State Solo and Ensemble Competitions placing 4th in State french horn.
Daniel was a proud member of the Sky View High School Marching Band (UT) program directed under Randall Beach, and the Idaho Falls High School (ID) Marching Band under Jason Bull, where he found a love for the marching arts that continues to this day. Daniel expanded his marching arts experience by joining an indoor drumline. He marched tenor drums for 2 years with Troopercussion Indoor, then marched snare for 4 years and bass for 1 year at North Star Independent. In 2022, his age-out year, he was center snare with North Star when the group traveled to WGI World Championships and finished in the top 10 of the Independent A percussion class.
Daniel began his instructional career while still a member of North Star. He has brought his knowledge of marching percussion to schools in Southeast Idaho and has found purpose in education. Daniel has taught at Idaho Falls High School, Bonneville High School, Skyline High School, Hillcrest High School, Snake River High School, and the High Desert Marching Band. During this first year as an instructor with North Star Independent, Daniel looks to bring his diverse and extensive indoor experience to his teaching and mentoring of the next generation of members and instructors.
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