|Daniel Brame has been Director of Bands at Deerfield High School since 1988. In this position, he directs three concert bands (Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble), four jazz bands (Jazz Band, Monday Afternoon Jazz, Tuesday Afternoon Jazz and Jazz Lab Band), and the marching band. In addition, he teaches the music theory class and chairs the Production Board. During his tenure at DHS, the band program has grown from 45 students to over 150, and a concert band and three jazz combos have been added. Also during this time, the department moved into a new fine arts facility, and the school embraced a new modified block schedule.
Dr. Brame holds a doctorate in music education from Boston University. His dissertation was a study of comprehensive musicianship in high school band programs in Illinois and Wisconsin. He also has a bachelor's degree in music education from Northwestern University and a master's in music education from DePaul University. He has taken additional coursework at Northwestern, Ithaca College and VanderCook College and has studied conducting and arranging with John Paynter and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. He has served as a staff arranger for the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band and the Chicago Bar Association Christmas Spirits show. His marching band charts have also been performed by several college and high school bands across the country. Dr. Brame has published articles in The Instrumentalist and Teaching Music and was a contributor to Musicianship: Composing in Band and Orchestra, published by GIA. In 2016, he received the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award from Quinlan and Fabish Music.