Greg Danner is Professor of Music at Tennessee Technological University. Born in St. Louis, Missouri (1958) he received the B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University, the M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and the Ph.D. from Washington University. His principal composition teachers were Charles Smith, Samuel Adler, and Robert Wykes. Danner’s awards include the College Band Directors National Association Music for Young Band Prize, vocal category and grand prize in the Delius Society Composition Contest, first prize in the Robert Avalon International Composers Competition, and first prize in the Taghkanic Chorale Composers Competition. Danner has also received both the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and Kentucky Music Teachers Association Composer Commission Awards. He is a three-time winner in the International Composers Guild Composition Contest, including the Grand Prize in 2010. Danner has received annual ASCAP awards for composition since 1989.
Recent commissions include works for the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, the American School Band Directors Association, Kentucky Music Teachers Association, Tennessee Music Education Association, the Caixa Percussion Trio, Trifecta Wind Trio, and the Gateway Music Festival.
An active performer (horn), he has held positions with the Baton Rouge and Acadiana orchestras in Louisiana and has performed with the Huntsville (AL) Symphony, the Bowling Green (KY) Chamber Orchestra, Lake Charles and Rapides orchestras in Louisiana and the Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Louis Municipal Opera, and Webster Groves orchestras in Missouri. Dr. Danner is currently hornist with the Brass Arts Quintet, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Murfreesboro Symphony, and Cumberland County Playhouse. He performs on alto horn with the Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band, and is a freelance and studio musician in the Nashville area.