KEVIN DAY (b. 1996 in Charleston, WV) is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington, Texas. He is a senior at Texas Christian University finishing his Bachelor of Music Performance degree, and he also actively studies composition. Kevin has composed over 100 works for solos, concert band, orchestra, chamber, and choral groups. His works have been premiered and heard across the United States, and he actively receives commissions and premieres in his emerging career. He has studied under Richard Murrow for Tuba & Euphonium, Dr. Neil Anderson-Himmelspach for composition, and Dr. Germán Guitiérrez and Eddie Airheart for conducting.
While at TCU, Day has received premieres from the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Trombone Choir, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. Day’s music has been performed and featured at clinics across the U.S. such as the Western International Band Clinic, the National Association for Music Educators All-Northwest Conference, the Midwest Clinic, and the American Bandmasters Association Conference. Day has won national composition contests such as the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Young Composers Competition, the Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition, and the Dallas Winds Fanfare Contest, as well as being a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and the Novus New Music Call for Scores Contest. Day is also the recipient of the W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award from Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Day has also held a composer-in-residence position with the Next Gen Chamber Players. In addition to classical music, Day has composed music for three short films - A Partial Heart (2015), The Broken Man (2017), and Hello Henry (2018), all of which have been featured at several film contests and festivals.
As a musician, Day is actively involved as a low brass player and jazz pianist, and he also receives work in music production. He is an alumnus of the 2016 Disneyland All-American College Band on Tuba under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy and has played with artists such as John Clayton, Wayne Bergeron, Ronald Carter (saxophone), Jiggs Whigham, and Gordon Goodwin. Day is also an active conductor and has conducted the Arlington High School Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Fort Worth Community Band, the Next Gen Chamber Players, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the TCU Symphonic Band, the TCU Symphony Orchestra, the TCU Concert Band, and the TCU Wind Symphony. He has also worked with renowned composers Julie Giroux, John Mackey, and Frank Ticheli. Kevin is a member of BMI, TMEA, ITEA, and the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
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