Director of Bands,
Building 37, Room 182
Wind Conducting, University o f Kentucky
Wind Conducting, University of North Texas
Education, Florida State University
Daniel J. Schmidt is Director of Bands and Professor of Music 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 a past Vice-President of the Western Region for the College Band Directors National