Daniel Cook has served as the Music Director at Adolfo Camarillo High School since the fall of 2015. Prior to accepting the position at ACHS, he served as a Store Manager and Director of Educational Outreach for Nick Rail Music, Southern California’s largest School Music Retailer. Cook also had served as the Assistant Director of Bands for five years at Moorpark High School, where wind ensembles consistently earned Unanimous Superior ratings and the marching band earned finalist placements at every Marching Band Open Series (MBOS) competition in which it competed. He served as co-instructor over three wind ensembles, four jazz ensembles and managed the winter programs and staff while overseeing the visual program and design of the marching band field productions. Cook traveled to New York and Chicago with his students and regular trips to the Reno Jazz Festival.
Cook also has been involved in other esteemed organizations like Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC), West Coast Performance Association (WCPA) and independent jazz festivals. He has served on staff or performed clinics for Azusa, Canyon, Moorpark, Patriot, Royal, Saint Genevieve, West Ranch, Westlake and Yucaipa high schools. Cook also has been a visual designer or design consultant for Antelope Valley, Pete Knight, Royal and Saint Genevieve high schools.
As a college student, Cook had the fortune to play in the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of Professor Jason Chevalier while studying trombone and tuba under Dr. Lori Stuntz at Mount San Antonio College. While at Mount San Antonio, he also had the fortune of studying conducting under famed choral conductor, Professor Bruce Rogers. He then had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii on a music tour with Riverside Community College under the direction of Kevin Mayse and the RCC Wind Ensemble. There, Cook studied euphonium and trombone under Professor Steve Williams. Cook has had the privilege of attending conductor symposiums with such icons as Frank Ticheli of the University of Southern California; Dr. Mitch Fennel of California State University, Fullerton; and Jerry Junkin of University of Texas in Austin; and the Dallas Winds.
Cook is an active member of California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ), California Band Directors Association (CBDA), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). He also is an esteemed judge for the SCSBOA and the Los Angeles Unified School District Championships. He also has judged at the Westlake and Redondo Beach jazz festivals and serves as the SCSBOA Jazz Ambassadors Honor Jazz Band Manager.
In 2019, Cook received his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Northridge, after obtaining a Single Subject Credential in Secondary Music Magna Cum Laude. He also holds a degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Education. He also holds Career Technical Education credentails in Arts, Media and Entertainment and Early Childhood Education. He is a tech coach with the Oxnard Union High School District and a Summer Administration Intern.
He has been a member of the Lane 29 Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Mike Gangemi on trombone as well as the Golden Oak Jazz Band under the direction of Bob Babko on bass trombone. He also has been a member on and off for the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble on tuba. Cook recently was a guest conductor of the Camarillo Community Band, which is under the leadership of Dan Rhymes.
Cook currently resides with his wife, Nicole, and young daughters, Bailee Rae and Ruth Jude in Oxnard, California.