Dr. Jim Daughters, Conductor

Dr. Jim Daughters is the conductor of the Fillmore Wind Band, music director of the Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and band director at Twenhofel Middle School. He completed work for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in September, 2017. Jim was previously the band director at Henderson North (KY), Conner Middle School (KY), and Xavier University (OH). His primary teachers include Cody Birdwell and Richard Clary. Dr. Daughters was honored to be selected as a semi-finalist for the first-ever GRAMMY® Awards National Music Educator of the Year in 2013. He is a multiple recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, has received Teacher of the Year honors from KMEA District 6 and Conner Middle School, and a Teacher Who Made a Difference Award from the University of Kentucky. He was inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 2004 and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. In 2015, Daughters received a Graduate Fellowship to study instrumental conducting with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Aix en-Provence, France.

Jim has been a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator with school bands, regional and state honor bands, and he has presented clinics, demonstrations, and lectures at several universities and state music conferences. Ensembles under Jim's direction have been recognized regionally and nationally with performances and presentations at The Midwest Clinic, the International Jazz Educators Network Conference, Music for All National Concert Band Festival, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s American Music Celebration, National Middle School Association Conference, International Women's Brass Conference, four KMEA, and four OMEA State Conference performances. Other honors include a National Wind Band Mark of Excellence Award, several regional honors for concert and jazz ensembles, and numerous premieres of new works for band.

Jim's arrangements and transcriptions have been performed by a variety of artists and ensembles, including world-renowned trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. His arrangements for marching band have been featured by several of the nation’s elite high school and college marching bands, having won state and circuit championships in addition to BOA Regional Finalists and Grand National Semi-Finalists, and performances in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.