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Danny Vinson

Danny Vinson

Affiliate Artist in Euphonium

office: MSM 203
office phone: (713)743-3XXX
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017

Danny Vinson is Adjunct Instructor of Euphonium at the University of Houston. He received an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Kilgore Jr. College in 1977, a Bachelor of Music, Education from the University of North Texas in 1982, and a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois in 1983. He continues his studies in music and is only hours from completion of a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas.

In 1984 he joined The U.S. Coast Guard Band and became principal euphoniumist in 1996. During his 22 year career with the Coast Guard Band he appeared countless times as soloist with the band and in recital and as a soloist with many high school, college and professional ensembles throughout the United States including with the U.S. Army Orchestra in Washington, DC and the American Band of Providence, RI.

Internationally, he has appeared at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in June 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and for eleven consecutive years at the Northern Germany Low Brass Workshop. In July 2003 Dan performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine as a part of the annual Horovitz Festival in Kiev.

As a teacher Dan has extensive experience having taught euphonium, trombone, and tuba to high school students in the southeastern Connecticut area and as Instructor of Euphonium at the University of Connecticut and Instructor of Euphonium and Trombone at the University of Rhode Island. For three years he served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas under Dr. Brian Bowman. In addition to his current position at the University of Houston, he currently teaches low brass at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, at the University of Texas at Tyler, at Tyler Jr. College, and at Kilgore Jr. College. Achievements of his students include Connecticut and Rhode Island All State bands and orchestras, MENC’s All Eastern Band, McDonald’s All American Band, the music camp at Tanglewood, and finalists in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Dan has appeared as a clinician at many New England area high schools and state music educators conferences, the renowned National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and at the Atlanta (Georgia) International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Dan is active in the International Euphonium Tuba Association (ITEA) having served as Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer and as Advertising Coordinator for the T.U.B.A. Journal.

Dan’s artistry has inspired many composers to create new works for the euphonium including Lewis J. Buckley, former Director of the US Coast Guard Band, Ukrainian born Vyacheslav Timokhin of Switzerland, and German composer Alexander Potiyenko, whose Concerto for Euphonium was premiered with the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in November 1999.