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John Daniel

John Daniel is a talented and versatile wind instrumentalist who has been teaching and performing for over 15 years. A Northern California native, his first professional performance was with the Mt. Madonna Big Band (playing tenor saxophone) at just thirteen years old. Professionally impressive from the beginning, his first gig led to positions with the Kuumbwa Jazz Ensemble and several other jazz bands that toured throughout California and Nevada. At eighteen, he played Carnegie Hall with the UC Santa Cruz Wind Ensemble on bass clarinet. John holds a Bachelor of Music in Woodwind Performance from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. John has performed with various professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, concert bands, jazz ensembles, rock groups, and world music groups.

Recent Submissions


The Importance of Warm Air in a Woodwind – Voicing Part II

It's a funny thing how a small change in perception can be transformational. My experience with learning the saxophone in college was one of rigorous experimentation; I was always chasing new techniqu... READ MORE


The Importance of Self Care for Musicians

  It's a bit ironic that I hurt myself around the time I was planning on writing this article. I sprained my ankle carrying my bike down the stairwell of my apartment when a broken gate and a sli... READ MORE

Sounds Good – Why Your Equipment Doesn’t Matter (Much)

Students, colleagues, and fans alike often ask me what kind of sax I play. Admittedly, my horns are pretty fancy. However, that's not what gives me a good sound (see my last article) or an ability to... READ MORE


Sounds Good – The Secret To An Excellent Sound

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is John Daniel. I’m lucky enough to be a full-time musician. I perform, instruct, and record on woodwind instruments for a living. Thus far, my secret for success... READ MORE