Daniel Cook is currently completing his final year of coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University, where he studies with Dr. Mallory Thompson.
Daniel graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. While at UGA, he studied with Dr. Martha Thomas, Dr. John Lynch, and Dr. Michael Robinson. There, he was also recognized as a Theodore Presser Scholar. Daniel holds his Master of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University.
Prior to his arrival in Evanston, Daniel served as Director of Bands at DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida. Bands and chamber groups under his direction have enjoyed considerable success, with his students earning superior ratings at district and state solo, small ensemble, and large group performance festivals. Notably, his ensembles have performed at the Florida Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival.
Daniel is an active clinician, drill designer, and accompanist. Daniel is currently on the brass staff at the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and has previously served on staff at the Blue Knights. During his time in Florida, he was a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, chairing numerous marching and concert band events. Additionally, he served as staff pianist and organist at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Daytona Beach. His professional affiliations include the Collegiate Band Directors’ National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.