Dan Bryan is Chair of Secondary Music for Modesto City Schools and Director of Instrumental Music at Joseph Gregori High School in Modesto, California. He serves on the Boards for the Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit, Stanislaus County Music Educators Association, and California Band Director's Association. He acts as an adjudicator and clinician for several schools and organizations around the country, including Western Band Association and Drum Corps International.
He is an eight time Winter Guard International World Championship Medal winner (and four time WGI Finalist) as an instructor/composer, and his music and instructional book are published internationally through Key Poulan Music, Shawn Glyde Music, GPG Publications, and Extreme Brass and Percussion.
His band programs at both Los Banos High School (WGI World Championship Finalist) and Grace M. Davis High School (3 time WBA State Finalist) have been regionally and nationally recognized for their excellence. They have been honored to particpate in performances with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Dan's other instructional highlights include: Fred C. Beyer High School (1990 –1993), Clovis West High School (1994), CSU Fresno Marching Band (1994 – 1998), Sacramento Freelancers Winter Drumline (1997 – 2000; WGI World Champion, 1998), Modesto High School Percussion Ensemble (1998 – 2003, WGI Open Class Medalist 2001 – 2003), Modesto Junior College (2006 – 2009), and eNVision Percussion Theater (WGI “A” Class finalist, 2009 – 2012, WGI Fan Favorite winner, 2011 and 2012).
He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and CSU Fresno, where he performed as principal and co-principal percussionist in the wind and percussion ensembles. He is a former member of DCI Finalist (1989, 1992) Sacramento Freelancers, where he performed in both the horn line and front ensemble. His teachers include Don Silva, Tad Carpenter, Carol Carpenter, Ralph Hardimon, Dr. Matt Darling, Scott Ney, and Dr. Gary P. Gilroy.
He has served as an advisor/instructor for Gottschalk's Music, and the Italian National Champion and Drum Corps Europe Finalist Millennium Drum and Bugle Corps of Milan, Italy. Dan was honored to be a composer for the 2008 Olympic Mass Band. He continues to perform as a freelance percussionist throughout northern California.
Dan is co-owner (with his wife, Lindsay) of Pitopia Percussion, and is a teacher/endorser for Innovative Percussion.