David Childs is regarded as one of the finest brass musicians of his generation. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, DCINY Symphony and BBC Philharmonic; made solo appearances at the Singapore International Festival, Welsh Proms, Harrogate International Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Melbourne International Festival, BBC Proms and New York Festival; performed solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall; given Concerto performances at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Symphony Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall; and regularly records as a solo artist for radio, television and commercial disc.
David tours extensively performing in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S.A. He is a keen advocate of new music and has premièred ten concerti for euphonium including a Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms broadcast of Alun Hoddinott's, 'Sunne Rising - The King Will Ride’, a Carnegie Hall US première of Karl Jenkins’ Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra, a televised première of Philip Wilby’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra, and a UK première of Christian Lindberg’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra directed by the composer.
David is an Associate of the Royal College of Music London; a Professor at both the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and the Birmingham Conservatoire; an Artist for the Buffet Group Besson, Alliance and Reunion Blues; and is Director of Prima Vista Musikk publishing house. He is also a founder member of the highly successful brass quartet Eminence Brass and Artistic Director of Wales’ premiere wind orchestra Cardiff Symphonic Winds.
David is undoubtedly leading the way for euphonium players worldwide. Through his own performances he continues to showcase the euphonium as a serious solo vehicle within the world of classical music. For further information visit: www.davechilds.com
David was appointed as Principal Conductor of Dallas Brass Band in September 2019.
Daniel Cook is currently on the faculty at the University of North Texas where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, and serves as the Director of Athletic Bands. In this capacity, he is proud to lead the 425-member Green Brigade Marching Band and oversee performances at various other University events.
Daniel has completed coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with Dr. Mallory Thompson. He holds his Master of Music degree in Conducting from the same institution. Daniel graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. There, he was also recognized as a Theodore Presser Scholar.
Daniel is an in-demand clinician, adjudicator, speaker, and guest conductor. His lecture and research interests focus on the adaptation of trends in positive psychology to enhance the efficacy of music classroom instruction.
Prior to his arrival in Evanston, Daniel was the Director of Bands at DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida. Bands and chamber groups under his direction have enjoyed 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 Music for All National Concert Band Festival and Florida Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. 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.
An active drum and bugle corps instructor, Daniel is currently on staff at the Santa Clara Vanguard as an Ensemble Specialist. He was previously the assistant brass caption head at the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and prior to that was on the brass instructional team at the Blue Knights. Daniel was a marching member of Carolina Crown. 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.
Daniel was appointed as Resident Conductor of Dallas Brass Band in September 2019.