When asked to describe Danny Helseth as a musician, composers Joseph T. Spaniola and Brett Miller use the words such as "high energy...intensity...emotion-filled." Danny has never been known to go into anything half-way, but rather puts everything he has into what he does. This is very evident as he pursues his musical career on the euphonium and trombone.
Danny began his education with a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Washington University (1999); continued with a Masters in Music Performance (Euphonium) from The University of North Texas (2002); and a Post-graduate Diploma in Performance (euphonium) from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where he studied on Fulbright Scholarship. Currently, Helseth is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance (Trombone) at the University of Washington, where he also holds the position of Graduate Teaching Assistant in trombone.
As a former member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C., Danny was quickly recog- nized as an energetic and engaging soloist, featured several times with the band including on national tour, Spring 2004. Helseth performed as a chamber musician and clinician at universities throughout the United States as a member of the Tower Brass Quintet.
Searching for new music, and new avenues of musical expression, Danny has had the opportunity to debut several newly commissioned pieces including: • "Madrona" (2011) for euphonium, tuba, piano, and drum set by Jon Hansen; "Poso Oso" (2011) for euphonium, tuba, keyboard, and drum set by Elliot Gray; "Euphonium Concerto" (2010) for euphonium and band by Libby Larsen; "Infinite Morning" (2009) for euphonium and piano by Joel Puckett; "Concerto" (2007) for euphonium and orchestra by James Kazik; "6 Moods" (2006) for euphonium and piano by Brett Miller•; "Dream" (2004) for euphonium and string quartet by Joseph T. Spaniola. Helseth is in constant demand as a euphonium and trombone soloist, section player, and recording artist; having performed on euphonium with the Seattle Symphony, the Tacoma Symphony, Auburn Symphony, and as a founding member of the euphonium quartet Eufonix!; on trombone with the Saint James Cathedral Brass,and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. As a soloist, Helseth has appeared with ensembles around the country including: Pershing's Own United States Army Band, Brass Band Northwest; Spokane British Brass Band, the University of Oregon Symphonic Band, the University of Washington Symphonic Band, and on tour in Japan with the University of Washington Wind Ensemble. Danny is quickly establishing himself as a dynamic force in music education, presenting master classes and clinics to middle school and high school bands, music educators conferences (WMEA 2010), and as a faculty member at Lakeside Middle school and the annual summer music camp, Low Brass Boot Camp; infecting students with the desire to energetically give everything they have to that for which they are most passionate.
Throughout his life, Danny has been in contact with extraordinary musicians, many of whom have been his private instructors including: Larry Gookin, Tom Gause, and Dr. Russ Schultz at Central Washington University; Dr. Brian Bowman and Vern Kagarice at The University of North Texas; Steven Mead and James Gorlay at The Royal Northern College of Music; Patrick Sheridan and Sam Pilafian at The Institute fo Performance Success; Koichiro Yamamoto and Timothy Salzman at The University of Washington. Countless other musicians, colleagues and students have taught and inspired Danny's musical direction.
Danny is a Besson performing artist and clinician for Buffet Crampon USA, and performs exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2052 Euphonium and DH signature mouthpiece from Giddings and Webster Mouthpieces.
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