About the Conductor

Daniel W. Ackley, DMA

Conductor and Music Director, UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, Assistant Professor of Music, UW-Manitowoc

Dan AckleyDr. Ackley is the new Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc. Prior to coming to UW-Manitowoc, he taught Music Theory, Music History, World Music, Jazz History, Applied Saxophone, and Conducting at the UW-Washington County. In addition, he was the director of UW-Washington County’s Moraine Symphonic Band, the Founder and Director of the Washington County Youth Orchestra, and the Founder, Director, and a performer in the Moraine Saxophone Ensemble.

Ackley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music and a Master of Music degree from UW-Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UW-Madison. He is a member of the National Band Association and is included in the “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”

Ackley served as the featured conductor for the Flyway Honors Band concert in February 2000, the conductor for the Mirror Image Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky in 2001, a guest conductor for the Lakeshore Symphonic Band in 2008 and 2010, and the director of the West Bend Community Band between 2005 and 2014. As a saxophonist, he has played with the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra as needed.

His first symphony, which was also his doctoral dissertation, is subtitled “The Seven Seals.” Ackley has also composed and arranged music for a wide variety of ensembles including symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, saxophone ensemble, flute ensemble, brass quintet, and percussion ensemble.