Daniel Cook is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studies with Dr. Mallory Thompson.
Raised in northern Georgia, 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, music arranger and engraver, drill designer, and accompanist. Daniel has previously served on brass staff with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and was a marching member of Carolina Crown. During his time in Florida, he was a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, chairing and hosting local marching and concert band events. Daniel was the 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, and Kappa Kappa Psi.