Daniel Tembras serves as the Director of Instrumental Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. His duties include conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, teaching conducting and music education courses, and coordinating the woodwind, brass, percussion, and string areas. Dr. Tembras holds a DMA degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to this, Dr. Tembras served as the Assistant to the Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Austin, Director of the Longhorn Jazz Band and Combo, and Assistant Director of the Longhorn Basketball and Volleyball Bands. Dr. Tembras received the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University.
While in Michigan, Dr. Tembras served as a director in the Mason Public Schools in Mason, Michigan where he conducted the sixth through eighth grade bands, and middle school jazz band, as well assisting the high school symphonic, concert, and marching band. He also held the position of Associate Director of Bands in the Kearsley Community Schools in Flint, Michigan. A native of Lansing, Michigan, Mr. Tembras also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University.
In 2011, Dr. Tembras transcribed Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land Suite for Wind Ensemble and Voices. The world premiere was on November 28, 2011 with The University of Texas Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Tembras is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the International Trumpet Guild and is a frequent clinician in the state of Michigan. He has also served as guest conductor of the East Lansing Kiwanis Band as well as the Michigan State University Community Music School summer music camp band.