McDonald brings more than a decade of experience to Northwestern State as part of the band programs at the University of Washington, University of Connecticut and on the high school level.
“Dan comes to us highly recommended by the directors of two of the most highly respected band programs in the country, the University of Connecticut and the University of Washington,” said Northwestern State Director of Bands Dr. Jeff Mathews. “His diverse background includes experiences we considered highly valuable to our situation here at Northwestern State. I have no doubt Dan has the talent and work ethic to enable the Spirit of Northwestern to continue its tradition of excellence.”
McDonald has been at the University of Washington for the past three years while working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He was worked with the Husky athletic bands, wind ensemble, campus band and brass band.
McDonald is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Music in Conducting. He was graduate assistant to the director of bands for two years where McDonald assisted in teaching rehearsals, selected repertoire, conducted rehearsals and performances, recruited personnel, assisted in leadership training, coordinated and directed pep bands, performed administrative duties, coordinated office staff and arranged music for multiple sport athletic bands. McDonald also worked with the symphonic band and concert band.
He also taught in Connecticut at Hall Memorial School, Ashford School, Rockville High School and The Norwich Free Academy where the marching band was a two time state champion and New England champion.