Chair of Commercial Music
Daniel Walzer is the Chair of Commercial Music at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Walzer spent five years living and working in Nashville, Tennessee as a session musician, broadcast producer and mixer, and audio professional. As a freelance percussionist, Walzer has performed and/or recorded with notable artists including Joshua Redman, Curtis Fuller, Fred Hersch, Adam Nitti and many others. Walzer's work has been twice nominated in the jazz category for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and received airplay on more than one hundred non-commercial radio stations across North America. As an audio engineer, Walzer has produced dozens of interviews for syndicated outlets featuring high-profile guests including Bebe Winans, Jay Mohr, Robert Kiyosaki and Thomas DeFrank. His work has been featured on the nationally syndicated Valentine in the Morning and in numerous regional broadcast markets.
Walzer has presented papers internationally at the Art of Record Production Conference, the Broadcasting Education Conference, and the Popular Culture Association Conference. Walzer is past Chair of the New Faculty Research Committee for the BEA and is an active member of MEIEA, AES, and the Popular Culture Association. Walzer's research has also been published in the Journal of Media Education, The International Symposium on Electronic Art, among others. Walzer received his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University and Master's in Jazz Studies from the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He received a performance certificate from the Office of Investigative Musical Studies in Salvador, Brazil and is also a certified Pro Tools engineer. Walzer is completing his MFA in Sound Design for Visual Media from Academy of Art University.
Recent projects include playing drums on the 2012 release of Sketches from London-based guitarist Rodney Branigan and producing the soundtrack for an upcoming documentary on the work of painter Aaron Douglas.