Dr. Daniel Laing, associate professor of music, is Director of Bands and teaches applied trumpet and horn. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has extensive experience arranging and writing drill for marching band and continues to be an active performer, conductor, and adjudicator throughout the mid-west region. Dr. Laing recently served on the executive board of NMEA as the College/University representative. He is currently the CMENC Chapter Advisor at Hastings College.
As a performer, Dr. Laing serves as Principal Trumpet of the Hastings Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Meridian Symphony (MS), Acadiana Symphony (LA), Sedalia Symphony (MO), and the Corinth Symphony (MS). Dr. Laing has also performed with the Boston Brass, The Buckinghams and more recently with Bobby Valli.
Dr. Laing’s primary trumpet teachers include Dr. Charles Gates, Dr. John Schuesselin, James West, and Dr. Iskander Akmadullin. As a conductor, he has studied with Dr. Thomas O’Neal and Dr. Michael Knight.
During his tenure as a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Laing wrote drill and arranged for Marching Mizzou.