Dan Gailey, saxophonist/composer/arranger, is in his 22nd year as the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo I, produces the annual KU Jazz Festival, now in its 35th year, and is Director of the Midwestern Music Acadmey, including the annual KU Jazz Workshop, a week-long summer program for high school and college musicians and teachers now in its 20th year. He is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, an annual award which identifies an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of ten Down Beat Student Music Awards, including Jazz Ensemble I's award as Best College Big Band in the United States or Canada in 1997. Jazz Ensemble I has appeared under his direction at the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, 2006 North Texas Jazz Festival, 1998 IAJE Conference in New York City, 1996 IAJE Conference in Atlanta, 1994 IAJE Conference in Boston, 1994 KMEA Conference, 1992 Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and served as featured guest college band at the 1991, 1993 and 1998 UNC/Greeley Jazz Festivals in Colorado.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. His compositions can be heard on numerous professional and college big band albums and are published exclusively through UNC Jazz Press. What Did You Dream?, his debut CD with the Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra, was released in July 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records and features all original compositions. The CD spent a year on the JazzWeek Radio Airplay charts, and received very favorable reviews from JAZZIZ, JazzTimes and Cadence magazines, among others.
Dan has been active as a freelance saxophonist in Seattle, Denver and Kansas City, and has appeared as a guest artist/clinician throughout the United States and Canada, and in Sweden. He has directed numerous festival honor groups, including the 1998 California All-State Jazz Ensemble, 2010 and 1998 Colorado All-State Jazz Ensembles, 1998 Arkansas All-State Jazz Ensemble, 1996 NBA National Honors Jazz Ensemble, 1996 Washington All-State Jazz Ensemble, 1995 Oklahoma OBA All-State Jazz Ensemble, 1999 and 1993 Nebraska All-State Jazz Ensembles and 1991-92 Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble.