The one-on-one aspect of music study is my favorite part of the job.

Daniel Kelly, DMA

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Dr. Daniel Kelly has been educating some of the best and brightest trumpeters at A&M Commerce for more than a decade since joining the faculty in 2010. Since earning degrees at both Austin Peay State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he has performed in numerous ensembles across the country, even serving as a founding member of the Ambassador Brass Quintet which has given concerts and workshops in the US, Thailand and China. The Charleston, South Carolina native enjoys helping his students achieve their career goals in music education and performance. Dr. Kelly is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician.

A Conversation with Daniel

What draws you to your discipline?

“I enjoy working and performing with other musicians as well as helping my students achieve their career goals in music education or performance.”

What has been your favorite course to teach?

“Applied lessons. The one-on-one aspect of music study is my favorite part of the job.”

Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.

“I am working on a ‘video album’ of new works for trumpet and piano.”

Educational Background

  • D.M.A., Performance Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
  • M.Mus., Performance (Trumpet), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
  • B.S., Performance (Trumpet), Austin Peay State University, 1995

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Applied Trumpet, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2016 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, Applied Trumpet, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2010-2016
  • Assistant Professor, Trumpet, University of Southern Mississippi, 2006 – 2010
  • Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet, Indiana State University, 2004 – 2006
  • Teaching Assistant, Applied Trumpet, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996-1997

Research Interests

  • Trumpet Performance
  • Trumpet Pedagogy

Selected Solo Performances

  • Astraios Chamber Music, Frisco City Hall , 2019
  • Faculty Brass Quintet performance with TAMUC Chorale, TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, 2019
  • Texas Trumpet Professors’ Concert, San Antonio, Texas, 2018
  • Solo with Dr. Brian Zator, TAMUC, 2014
  • Campina Grande International Music Festival, Brazil, 2013

Selected Orchestra Performances

  • The Dallas Winds, Meyerson Center, 2019
  • Sulphur Springs Symphony, Civic Center, 2019
  • Classical Music Festival Orchestra, Vienna/Eisenstadt, Austria, 2018
  • My Fair Lady, Irving Arts Center, 2018
  • Colorado Mahler Fest, Boulder, CO, 2017
  • The Ambassador Brass, Touring in China, 2011

Featured Courses

Professional Organizations

  • International Trumpet Guild
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Honorary)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
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