Dan Cassady is sales associate and brass instructor at West Music in Coralville, and adjunct professor of music at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Previously he taught music and directed band programs at Fort Dodge Senior High School, Iowa Central Community College, and St. Edmond High School. Dan also works as a clinician with school band programs throughout Iowa.
He is a multiple-year honoree in Who’s Who Among Americas’ Teachers and the recipient of the NCIBA Distinguished Service Awards, The University of Texas Excellence Award, and the Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award. He holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from The University of Iowa with additional work at VanderCook College of Music-Chicago, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
As a trombonist Dan has performed all styles in many area bands. He currently plays with the Jive For Five Brass Quintet, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, East Side Jazz Team, Nova Jazz, and the Jan Garber Orchestra. Dan is an adjudicator for the Iowa High School Music Association and other festivals. His professional memberships include the American School Band Directors Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Jazz Educators of Iowa, and the International Trombone Association. He has taught at the Reggie Schive Jazz Camps since 1985.
Dan and his wife, Lori have two sons and one daughter - Michael, Nathan and Megan.