Daniel Loudenback

Daniel Loudenback's Biography

Dr. Daniel Loudenback is the Adjunct Saxophone Instructor for University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Odessa College. He is also the Director for Fine Arts for Ector County Independent School District. In this position, he oversees the budget, curriculum, and instruction for 130 fine arts teachers and more than 27,000 students. For the last two years, he has served on the board of directors for the Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities, as well as the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.

Prior to his appointment as Director for Fine Arts, Dr. Loudenback served as Orchestra Director at Odessa High School (Odessa, TX) and Assistant Band Director at Midland High School and Goddard Junior High School (Midland, TX). Dr. Loudenback's method book, The Young Saxophonist: A Supplemental Method for Class Instruction, was published by NTune Music and Sound in 2011. The book's purpose is to serve as a resource for band directors and private lesson teachers looking to fill gaps that often exist in the young saxophonist's curriculum.

As a performer, Dr. Loudenback has appeared as a soloist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Symphony, and several high school bands and percussion ensembles. Additionally, he has performed as an orchestral saxophonist in the Amarillo Symphony, Lubbock Symphony (with the Joffrey Ballet), Midland-Odessa Symphony, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. In addition, he has been a finalist and prize winner in six national and international solo competitions, winning First Prize at the 2009 Young Texas Artists Competition and The Grand Prize at the 2007 National Young Artists Competition. While at West Texas A&M University, he won the university concerto competition all six years he was enrolled.

Dr. Loudenback received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2009) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying with renowned saxophonist, Donald Sinta. He received his Bachelor of Music (2002) and Master of Fine Arts (2006) degrees from West Texas A&M University, studying with Donald Lefevre. Dr. Loudenback served as a teaching assistant at both universities teaching applied saxophone, woodwinds methods, and assisting with the Buffalo Marching band.

Dr. Loudenback is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He lives in Odessa, Texas, with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons, Luke and Connor.

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