Daniel Cook serves as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Performance at Ithaca College. In this capacity, he is the artistic director and conductor of the renowned Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and administers the historic IC Band Program. Prior to his appointment at IC, Dr. Cook was on faculty at the University of North Texas faculty, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, taught courses in wind band literature, graduate and undergraduate conducting, and was the Director of the 435-member Green Brigade Marching Band. Cook earned Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with Mallory Thompson, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia.
Cook’s ensemble performances have received acclaim, most recently by such composers as Bryant, Daugherty, Del Tredici, Gotkovsky, Higdon, and Schwantner. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Florida and Texas state music conferences, as well as at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival. The UNT Wind Ensemble has won first-place recognition for the collegiate American Prize in Wind Ensemble Performance. In addition to his work at UNT, Cook is honored to have held educational positions with the Dallas Brass Band and Santa Clara Vanguard. He is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and has contributed to various albums published via Naxos, GIA, and independent release.