Director of Bands/Professor
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Northern Arizona University
PhD Wind Conducting, University o f Kentucky
MM Wind Conducting, University of North Texas
BM Education, Florida State University
Dr. Daniel J. Schmidt is Professor of Bands at Northern Arizona
University. Prior to this appointment, he was director of bands and professor
of saxophone and double reeds at Mars Hill College in North Carolina.
College ensembles under his direction have received international reputations,
touring Europe, performing at various conventions including the CBDNA Regional
Conventions in 2002, 2006, and 2010 as well as a variety of state MENC
conventions. The NAU Wind Symphony has made promotional recordings for Warner
Bros. Music and Carl Fischer Music.
Prior to Dr. Schmidt’s appointment at Mars Hill College, he was
the associate director of bands at Syracuse University, directing the 230-piece
“Pride of the Orange” marching band and various concert and pep bands.
Dr. Schmidt received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from
Florida State University and was appointed director of bands at Hudson High
School in Pasco County, Florida, in 1987. He is the first person to receive
the Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of North Texas while
emphasizing saxophone performance and musicology (1993). Dr. Schmidt is
also the first person to receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind
conducting from the University of Kentucky (2000).
Dr. Schmidt was the recipient of a Fulbright Award to Australia
in 1993, but refused this opportunity to join the Syracuse University
faculty. He has served as clinician and adjudicator throughout the
country. He is the Primary Conductor and Director of Scholarly
Publications for Carl Fischer Music of New York.
Projects have included
acting as the coordinating editor for the recent series of band scores
entitled Percy Grainger: The Critical Edition.
He is the author of My First Klosé, My First Wagner, My First
Universal Method, My First Barrett, and My First Weissenborn, five
intermediate lesson workbooks for woodwinds, and is the co-author of Protocol:
A Guide to the Collegiate Audition Process for trumpet,
clarinet, trombone, saxophone, and flute.
He is the conductor of the Trade Winds, a professional ensemble
that does promotional recordings of new music for Carl Fischer and
Wingert-Jones since 2002. Dr. Schmidt is also a performing artist for the
Yamaha Corporation of America and is the Arizona State Chair and Vice-President
of the Western Region for the College Band Directors National Association.