Professor Eaton's Bio







Daniel W. Eaton

Assistant Director of Bands
University of Minnesota Duluth

Daniel W. Eaton is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His responsibilities include directing the Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Bands, teaching Applied Tuba and Euphonium, Music Education courses, courses in Instrumental Brass Methods and playing Tuba in the UMD Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at UMD, Dan spent eight years as Director of Bands at High Schools in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. While directing his high school programs, Mr. Eaton's bands consistently performed and achieved superior ratings at state festivals and marching contests.

Mr. Eaton received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy with a minor in Wind Conducting from Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky University, Mr. Eaton was Graduate Assistant of Bands and Tuba, conducting the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Tuba Ensemble and teaching Applied Tuba and Freshman Music Theory. He also wrote drill and music arrangements for the Colonel Marching Band.

He has played Euphonium with the Lexington Brass Band and has played Tuba with the Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphonies, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, IUP Faculty Brass Quintet and the EKU Faculty and Honors Brass Quintets. In the spring of 1986 Dan performed in Beethoven's opera, Fidelio,with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In July, 1989 he toured and performed multiple times in the city of Paris, France with the IUP Marching Band, for France's Bicentennial. In the spring of 1990 he performed in Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh, PA with the IUP wind ensemble and in 1995 he was a member of the Kentucky All Collegiate Honor Band in Louisville, KY. During the summers of 1995-1997, Dan was employed as a keyboardist by the Cedar Fair Corp. playing in multiple shows at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. Mr. Eaton spent from 1996-2003 as the Principal Bass Trombonist with the Keystone Winds, under the direction of Jack Stamp. He has recorded 7 cd's with the Keystone Winds as well as recording music for the 2002 release of GIA Publications, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band - Vol. 1, Grade 4. Currently, he is principal tubist with the Minnesota Ballet.

Dan is a frequent marching band clinician throughout the east and mid west doing band camps in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin. For a short period of time he was the Contra-Tech for the "Spirit Drum Corps," formerly known as The "Spirit of JSU", located in Jacksonville, AL.

Marching Band Experience - Drill Writing, Marching and Maneuvering Clinician, Adjudicator:

  • 2011 Ashland High School, Ashland, WI, Marching.
  • 2011 Duluth Denfeld High School, Duluth, MN, Marching
  • 2011 Hibbing High School, Hibbing, MN, Marching/Drill Design.
  • 2010 Coon Rapids High School, Coon Rapids, MN, Marching.
  • 2010 Two Harbors High School, Two Harbors, MN, Marching.
  • 2007-2008 Spirit Drum Corps, Jacksonville, AL, Contr-tech.
  • 2007 University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN.
  • 2006 Ladysmith High School, Ladysmith, WI, Marching/Drill Design.
  • 2002 Duluth East High School, Duluth, MN, Marching.
  • 2002 University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN.
  • 1996-2000 Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem, PA.
  • Lakeshore Marching Band Association, Erie, PA, Championships 1997-99;
  • 1st Place, North American Music Festivals, Virginia Beach 1997, Toronto 1999.
  • 2nd highest scoring band for all 1999 festivals .
  • 1999 Clarion High School, Clarion, PA, Marching.
  • 1997 Winchester High School, Winchester, IN, Marching/Music.
  • 1994-1996 Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, Marching/Drill Design.
  • 1995 Trigg County H.S. Marching Band Show, Cadiz, KY, October, 1995, Adjudicator.
  • 1995 Clark County H. S. Marching Band Show, Winchester, KY, October, 1995, Adjudicator.
  • 1995 Glasgow H. S. Marching Band Show, Glasgow , KY , September, 1995, Adjudicator.
  • 1994-1996 Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown, IN, Marching.
  • 1994 Madison Central High School, Richmond, KY, Marching/Music.
  • 1994 Madison Southern High School, Berea, KY, Marching/Music.
  • 1991-1994 Joppatowne High School, Joppa, MD. Tournament of Bands member, chapter 11.
  • 1989-1991 Bradford High School, Bradford, PA, Marching/Music.
  • 1991 Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem, PA.
  • 1989 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.
  • 1989 New Philadelphia High School , New Philadelphia , OH . Bands of America Finalist