Daniel Wood is a founding member of the Quadre horn quartet and chair of Musicianship and Composition for the Pre-College Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His compositions favor small groups such as brass, wind and string chamber music, steel drum ensembles and jazz combos and his most recent commissions have come from Ceora Winds, Presidio String Trio, and Avenue Winds. Mr. Wood has written and performed solo shows as an improvisational musician including “Life on an Island” and “Brother, Can you spare a Dime.” As a member of Quadre, he has toured extensively since 1998, and composed and performed for their 4 albums with guest horn player James Thatcher, Grammy award-winning flutist, Molly Barth, and soprano Elizabeth Weigle. Mr. Wood has lectured on the Business of Music for the American Federation of Musicians, San Francisco Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, University of Oregon, and the International Horn conferences. He is also a member of the Avenue Winds and the Teal Crane Trio, both focused on championing new work and runs Solid Wood Publishing. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Wood received his training from the University of California, Los Angeles.
His teaching philosophy is simple. He believes “Every student has a degree of potential on any instrument. It is up to me — as their teacher — to help them discover that potential and take them as far as they want to go along the path of music education. I believe in teaching students to be complete musicians and teaching them to be complete technicians on their chosen instrument. I stress musicality and stage presence in my methods and expect commitment in return when warranted. Ultimately, it is my responsibility to teach my students how to be their own best teacher.”