Danny Moore is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO), and his Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL). Danny is an active member of the music community in Colorado Springs. He is currently a Mentor at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and teaches percussion at both Pine Creek High School and Rampart High School.
During his time at Colorado State University, Danny served as the drumline instructor and arranger for the CSU Marching Band. His performance experience at CSU includes the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Percussion Ensemble. In the Fall of 2019, the CSU Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at PASIC in the International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Danny was a featured soloist, receiving a standing ovation for his performance of “Girlfriends Medley” by Bob Becker. While in graduate school, he performed with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Loveland Opera Company. Danny was a student of Dr. Eric Hollenbeck and Mr. Shilo Stroman.
During Danny’s education at Jacksonville State University, he participated in a wide variety of ensembles. Danny was a member of the internationally acclaimed “JSU Marching Southerners” for six years. He marched tenors in the drumline the first two years, then played xylophone and marimba for the following three years in the front ensemble. In 2015 and 2016, Danny served as the front ensemble section leader, and in 2017 he served as a student instructor for the drumline and front ensemble. Danny also performed in the JSU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Big Band 1, Jazz Combos, Latin Ensemble, Steel Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Danny studied percussion with Dr. Thomas McCutchen, Mr. Clint Gillespie, and Dr. Andrew Lynge while at JSU.
Danny is well versed in the marching arts. While in high school, Danny participated in the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, where he marched tenors. He was also a member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, which won the 2013 Fred Sanford Percussion Award for the highest scoring drumline at DCI finals. He returned in 2015, again marching tenors with the corps. In 2017, Danny served as a tenor technician for the world-class indoor ensemble, Atlanta Quest. He also served as a tenor instructor in 2017, 2018, and 2019 for the Music City Drum Corps and Bugle Corps. Danny has taught multiple high schools in the Southeast, most recently serving as a drumline and front ensemble instructor for Thompson High School in Alabaster, AL.
Danny has an extensive background in drumset and Latin percussion. In 2010, he was a finalist in the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Drumset Competition, receiving 2nd place. He regularly performs on drumset and hand percussion in the Southeast and throughout Colorado. Danny enjoys playing in churches and served for three years as the house
drummer for the Sweet Rock Baptist Church in Oxford, AL. His true joy comes from performing congas and bongo in Latin jazz and pop groups. Danny’s primary drumset teachers have been Dr. Thomas McCutchen, Chris Fryar (with the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band), and father, Chris Moore. Danny has also studied hand percussion with Atlanta artist, Frankie Quiñones.
While Danny is not playing or teaching music, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, SCUBA diving, and biking.