Dr. Sean Daniels
Percussion area leader, Jazz Improvisation
Sean Daniels has been playing all types of music for most of his life. Musicians that have inspired him include the late great Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcheson and James Latimer. As an educator he has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Lou Rawls, Kenny Garrett, Tommy Newsome, Carl Allen, Rufus Reid and others. His Percussion Ensembles have performed for the Tide/Water Day of Percussion, Virginia/DC Day of Percussion, Hampton University Day of Percussion, Benedict College Day of Percussion and Jazz, South Carolina Day of Percussion, Tennessee Day of Percussion and most recently the Tennessee Music Educators State Conference. He has performed as percussionist with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Westerville Civic Symphony, Virginia Ballet Orchestra, and the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Daniels was a Concerto winner and featured soloist with the Ohio State University Orchestra. He has been a guest soloist with Benedict College Jazz Ensemble, Fort Monroe Army Jazz Band and most recently with Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble. Dr. Daniels has studied with Jazz artists such as Gerri Allen, Dick Sisto, Ed Saindon, Hank Marr and Billy Taylor. His classical percussion teachers have included Van Free, Dr. Cort McClaren, Dr. James Moore, and Paul Yancick. He has served as a guest/artist lecturer for the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Convention held in Columbus, Ohio. He also appeared as a guest clinician for the first annual HCBU Band Directors National Consortium held April 2005 in Atlanta Georgia. In 2009 Dr. Daniels served as a guest conductor for the 2009 HBCU All Star Percussion Ensemble performance at the 5th Annual HBCU Band Directors National Consortium. Dr. Daniels has served as President of the South Carolina Chapter of Percussive Arts Society and he is currently a member of the PAS World Percussion Committee. He also appeared as a guest conductor and lecturer for the 2008 College Band Directors National Association â€“ Southern Division Convention in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Daniels has studied conducting with Elizabeth Green, Craig Kirchoff, Dr. John Locke, Dr. Thomas Lyle, and Richard Blatti. He has earned degrees in music from Alabama State University, The Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the Founding director of the 2005 Columbia Percussion Project; a week long day camp for underserved middle school aged students to learn music fundamentals and a variety of percussion instruments to include marimba, timpani, snare drum and bass drum. This program was underwritten in part by the Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund Grant, June 2004-05 along with sticks and mallets provided by the Vic Firth Corporation. He is the recipient of an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Plus Award. His compositions are available through Per Mus Publications, Dutch Music Partners (Netherlands), C. Alan Publications and Seansarah Publications. Dr. Daniels has served as a percussion instructor for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Stivers School of the Arts, Sinclair Community College, Hampton University and Benedict College. He also served as Diretor of Jazz and Combo bands at Colonel White High School of the Arts, Hampton University and Benedict College. While at Benedict College Dr. Daniels served as the Director of Bands and the Fine Arts Department Chairman. He currently serves as Assistant Band Director and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Daniels is endorsed by Innovative Percussion and the Pearl/Adams Corporation.
Contact Dr. Daniels
PA 101 D, (615) 963-2107