S. Daniel Galyen

Assistant Professor of Marching Band
and Symphonic Band
M.M. Music Education - Syracuse University
Ph.D Music Education - University of Florida

Office: 48 Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Phone: (319) 273-2173
Email: Danny.Galyen@uni.edu


Dr. Daniel Galyen is the Director of Marching and Symphonic Bands at UNI, a position he has held since 2007. He directs the Panther Marching Band, conducts the Symphonic Band, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education. Under his direction the Panther Marching Band has grown from 156 to 250 members. The UNI Symphonic Band has performed with a number of guest artists and has won the acclaim of composers Samuel Adler and Dan Welcher. In 2010 Dr. Galyen was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Dr. Galyen is a frequent guest conductor, most recently appearing with the L’Orchestra d’Harmonie du Conservaroire d’Aulnay sous Bois in Paris, France and the French National Police Band. He has published articles in The WASBE Journal, The Instrumentalist, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, The Journal of String Research, The Music Educators Journal, and the Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine. He also presents sessions at music conferences nationwide

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Galyen holds a B.A. in music education from Virginia Tech, a Masters degree in music education with a wind conducting emphasis from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in music education with a wind conducting concentration from the University of Florida.

In 2005, Dr. Galyen was the recipient of the David Wilmot Award for excellence in music education at the University of Florida. Prior to his appointment at UNI, he was Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Bridgewater College (Virginia), where he conducted the Symphonic Band and taught courses in instrumental conducting and music education. From 1995-2001 he was the Director of Bands at Northside High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Under his leadership the band program more than doubled in size, and his bands received consistent Superior ratings at state and local festivals.

Dr. Galyen is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for Education, Golden Key International Honour Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He also holds memberships in The Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, and the College Music Society. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.