Dr. James Daughters is the Conductor and Artistic Director 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 in the Kenton County School District in Independence, Kentucky. Dr. Daughters holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and was a conducting student of Richard Clary and Cody Birdwell. He was previously the Interim Director of Bands at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his public school experience includes teaching in the Henderson County and Boone County Public Schools in Kentucky.
Dr. Daughters has twice been nominated and selected as a national semi-finalist for the GRAMMY® Awards National Music Educator of the Year, and he is a multiple recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence. He has been a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator with school bands, regional and state honor bands, and has presented clinics and demonstrations at several state music conferences, universities, and The Midwest Clinic. Dr. Daughters has published several articles on band pedagogy and march performance practice in music journals, and he has served as a committee chair for the National Band Association Repertoire Committee. Daughters has received Teacher of the Year honors from KMEA District 6, Conner Middle School, was recognized twice as a Teacher Who Made a Difference by the University of Kentucky, and inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 2005. Daughters also received a Graduate Fellowship from the University of Kentucky in 2015 to study conducting with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Ensembles under Dr. Daughters’ direction have been recognized regionally and nationally with invited performances at The Midwest Clinic, American Music Celebration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, International Jazz Educators Network Conference, Music for All National Concert Band Festival, National Middle School Association Conference, 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2017 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conferences, 2013 and 2016 Ohio Music Educators State Conferences, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the American Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. Other honors include a National Wind Band Mark of Excellence Award, numerous regional honors for concert and jazz ensembles, and several commissioned premieres of new works for band. Jim's 250+ arrangements and transcriptions have been performed by a variety of artists and ensembles, including world-renowned trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, in addition to some of the nation’s elite high school and college marching bands. His music and show designs have won numerous circuit and state championships, in addition to medaling at Bands of America Regional and Grand National Championships. Dr. Daughters’ professional affiliations include the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Kentucky Music Educators Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, Jazz Educators Network, and an honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.