Faculty and Staff
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 oversees the three UNI Pep Bands. He also teaches courses in conducting, music education, and marching band techniques. In 2010 he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
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. He has published articles in The WASBE Journal, The Instrumentalist, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and The Music Educators Journal. Dr. Galyen is active as a guest conductor and clinician, and presents sessions at music conferences nationwide
Prior to his appointment at UNI, Dr. Galyen was Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Bridgewater College (VA), 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.
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Amy 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.
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Barry 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.
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Nicki Davis is a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 2010, she earned her B.M. in Music Education from UNI. 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. In the fall of 2010, she began her master’s coursework for her degree in Music Education at UNI and served as a Graduate Assistant and drill designer for the PMB. This will be her second year as a G.A. for the PMB. In addition to her responsibilities with the Panther Marching Band, she also directs the UNI Catamount Pep Band and Basketball Pep Band. She is currently a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Delta Pi, and MENC. She resides in Waterloo with her husband, Alek.
Ashley Smith is a native of Syracuse, New York, and graduated in 2011 from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She served as drum major for the Syracuse University Marching Band from 2008 to 2010. She has written custom arrangements for several marching bands and chamber ensembles, and is an alumni member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority. Ashley is pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education at UNI, where she focuses on wind band literature and conducting. In addition to her responsibilities with the Panther Marching Band, she also directs the UNI Catamount Pep Band and Basketball Pep Band.