Nathan Daughtrey earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Education, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Nathan is quite active and sought after as a solo marimba artist and clinician. "With dazzling virtuosity, [Daughtrey] plays with awesome skill, projecting emotion, power and awe in his interpretation" (Classical Voice North Carolina). His performances have taken him across the United States, Eastern Europe and Japan. He has appeared as a featured soloist with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and several university orchestras across the United States. His first CD, Spiral Passages was released in 2001 and featured original and transcribed works for solo marimba as well as accompanied works. Nathan's performance of McCarthy's "WarHammer" from his CD was recently featured on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered program.
Described as fresh and imaginative, his band and percussion works are quickly gaining international recognition with performances at educational institutions of all levels, festivals/contests and music conferences around the world. Many of his original works and arrangements are becoming standards in the repertoire, including "Limerick Daydreams" for percussion ensemble or symphonic band, "Shock Factor" for percussion quintet and "Strange Dreams" for clarinet/alto saxophone and marimba.
His numerous awards include 1st place in the 2000 Southeastern Composers' League Philip Slates Competition for "Episodes for Solo Piano," and 2nd and 3rd place in the 2004 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest for his large percussion ensemble works "Limerick Daydreams" and "Adaptation," respectively. Nathan also has commissions extending far into the future. His works have been performed at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the International Double Reed Society Conference, the Asian Symphonic Band Competition in Bangkok and many Music Educators Conferences and Days of Percussion around the United States. All of Nathan's compositions and recordings are available from C. Alan Publications.
Nathan is a Yamaha Performing Artist and clinician for Vic Firth sticks and mallets.