Daniel is an award-winning composer and musician. He holds a Master's degree in Music Composition from the distinguished School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied film composing with film composer and USC-alum Ludek Drizhal.
In 2019, Daniel scored the Winner for Best Feature Film (Maryland International Film Festival), The Forgiving, directed by David Stern and starring John Gerard Healy and Emily Classen. More recently, he composed the song Beneath the Folding Stars for Sebastian Siegel, used in the trailer for his critically-acclaimed feature, Grace and Grit.
In 2020, Daniel was a Top Ten Finalist in the California Independent Film Festival for his score for the short film I'll Be Here.
In 2021 and 2022, for two consecutive years, Daniel received the award for Most Outstanding Composition Student for his work in the Master's program in the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado.
Daniel regularly performs on voice, trumpet, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and piano. He is also an affiliate Professor of Music at Colorado Christian University, where he teaches classes in music theory, performance, and church music.
Daniel's music has been streamed more than one million times across Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
When Daniel is not composing or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys playing games, watching movies, and hiking. Daniel also loves long runs in nature and enjoying hours of conversation with friends and family over good food and drink.