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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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.
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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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Janel earned her music education degree from Wartburg College in 2007. She served as the band director at the West Hancock Community School District in Britt, Iowa from 2007-2013. While at UNI she will pursue a Master of Arts degree in Music. This will be Janel’s first year as a Graduate Assistant for the PMB.
Michael earned his music education degree from UNI. He served as the band director at Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, Iowa for eight years. While at UNI he will pursue a Master of Arts degree in Music. This will be Michael’s first year as a Graduate Assistant for the PMB.
is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. He earned his music education degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 2012. While at UNI he will pursue a Master of Arts degree in Music. This will be Cory’s first year as a Graduate Assistant for the PMB.