Faculty and Staff


Daniel Galyen

band directorAssociate Professor of Music, Dr. Daniel Galyen is 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. 

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. In 2016 he will conduct and adjudicate in Italy, Iceland, Norway, and London.

A champion of new music, he has commissioned works by James David, Andrew Boysen, and Nebojsa Macura. He has led the Symphonic Band in collaborations with numerous guest composers and performers, winning the acclaim of composers Libby Larsen, Samuel Adler, and Dan Welcher. 

Under his direction the Panther Marching Band has grown from 156 to 330 members. In 2015 he led the marching band on it's first international trip, performing for the London New Year's Day Parade. He was subsequently invited back to judge the parade in 2016 and serve as clinician for the New Year's Day Concert Festival. 

In 2015 he received the John Baker award from the School of Music faculty for "collegiality, teaching, and scholarly/creative activity." He was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts in 2010. In 2005, he was the recipient of the David Wilmot Award for excellence in music education at the University of Florida. Dr. Galyen 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. 

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 holds memberships in The Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor 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. 

Contact Dr. Galyen

(319) 273-2173
Email: danny.galyen@uni.edu

Assistant Director

Nicole Davis

Nicki Davis is the adjunct Assistant Director of the Panther Marching Band. She is a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and holds a B.M. in music education (2010) and a Masters degree in music education (2012) from the University of Northern Iowa. During her undergraduate career, she spent four years with the Panther Marching Band in the alto saxophone section and as drum major her junior and senior years. While completing her master’s coursework, she served as a Graduate Assistant and drill designer for the PMB. In addition, during her time at UNI, she directed the UNI Volleyball and UNI Basketball Pep Bands. Nicki is currently the 5-12 Band Director at Wapsie Valley Community Schools in Fairbank, IA, where she teaches lessons and directs several concert bands, the jazz band, and the pep band. She is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Delta Pi, and NAfME, and is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. She resides in Cedar Falls with her husband, Alek.

Contact Ms. Davis

Email: nicole.davis@uni.edu


Colorguard Instructor

Amy Hunzelman

band directorAmy Hunzelman serves as the Director of Education and Special Programs at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), where she is responsible for programming and implementing a performing arts series for children, artist residencies, master classes, and professional development workshops for teachers.  Amy holds a B.M. in Music Performance and B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa and has over ten years of colorguard coaching experience in the state of Iowa and Illinois.  Amy also performed with Brass Theatre, (now the broadway hit Blast!) in the mid ‘90’s traveling the U.S. with the Canadian Brass. Amy and husband Joel reside in Waverly with their young boy/girl twins.

Contact Ms. Hunzelman

(319) 273-3679
Email: amy.hunzelman@uni.edu

Drumline Head

Barry Dvorak

band directorBarry Dvorak graduated from Crestwood High School in 1987 and studied at U.N.I. From 1989 to the end of the 2010-11 school year, Dvorak served as the percussion coordinator for the Cedar Falls Community Schools, where he instructed the 7-12 grade percussionists and facilitated the drumline in the fall and percussion ensembles in the spring. Mr. Dvorak also has a private percussion studio, is an active performer with area symphony orchestras, accompanies the Metropolitan Chorale, is an adjudicator for All-State auditions and IHSMA State Solo/Ensemble Festivals, and performs in the Cedar Falls Municipal Band and in a contemporary church band. In addition, he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and has acted as secretary of the Iowa chapter since 2008. Mr. Dvorak resides in Cedar Falls with his wife, Chris, and their daughters, Anna and Abby.

Contact Mr. Dvorak

Email: bcdvorak@cfu.net