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Daniel Bolin

Emeritus Faculty Emeriti

Dr. Daniel Bolin is Emeritus Professor of Music at the Jordan College of the Arts, Butler University.  He served as Chair of the School of Music from 1995 until 2001, and was again appointed Chair from January 2009 until May 2014.  He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from Butler and his Ed.D. from Indiana University.  Prior to his appointment at Butler, he was an administrator in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township on the south side of Indianapolis. His duties included the positions of assistant principal at Southport High School, director of secondary education, personnel director, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent.

During his career in music education Dr. Bolin served as band director at Wood High School and Manual High School in the Indianapolis Public School system. He developed outstanding bands at Lebanon (Indiana) High School and Southport High School.  His bands at Southport were selected to perform for the Indiana Music Educators State Conference, the American School Band Directors National Convention, and were twice honored by Butler University with "Honored High School Band" performances in Clowes Hall. In addition, the band made a recording as part of the famed Heritage of the March series.  In 1977 he was elected into the American School Band Directors Association and selected as the Outstanding Young Band Director for Indiana.

Professor Bolin served as the secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Music Festivals Association where he was responsible for administering all state level music contests. He was a member of the Indiana Music Education Association board and was secretary of the committee that founded the Indiana State School Music Association. Additionally, he has served as Vice President of the board of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Chairman of the Board of Young Audiences of Indiana, board memeber of the Perry Township Educational Foundation, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Perry Township and represented the education community of the Midwest at the White House Conference for a Drug Free America.  In 2018 he was appointed advisor to the Melbourne Municipal Band (FL).

His performing background includes the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, and principal tuba with the Indianapolis Symphonic Band. He has served as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States and for Festivals at Sea.

Dr. Bolin studied conducting with Dr. John Colbert and Dr. Charles Henzie during his undergraduate work at Butler. In addition, he has attended numerous advanced conducting symposiums where he worked with some of America's foremost wind band conductors including Dr. William D. Revelli, H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Batistti, Col. William Santleman, and Frederick Fennell. He has guest conducted The United States Army Band, The United States Coast Guard Band, The United States Air Force Band, The United States Air Force Academy Band, The United States Air Force Band of Flight, and The United States Army Field Band.  In 2007 Dr. Bolin was selected as the Director of the Indianapolis Municipal Band. In 1981 he founded the Great Lake Music Camp which served middle school and high school musicians throughout the Midwest for 23 years. He has also served on the staff of the Purdue University Band Camp, the Indiana University Music Clinic, the Ball State University Summer Music Camp, and the Smith-Walbridge Band Camp.

Dr. Bolin is a recipient of the United States Army Civilian Public Service medal and has been recognized by "Who's Who in America." He has held membership in the College Band Directors National Association, Indiana Bandmaster's Association, American School Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu,the Music Educators National Conference, Indiana Music Educators Association and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.  He was elected into the Indiana Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2017.  In 2018 he was awarded the "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.