Hanson will serve as assistant professor of music and is chiefly responsible for the USAO Symphonic Band, the Drovertone Jazz Ensemble, and the USAO Spirit Band beginning this fall trimester.
Hanson comes to USAO from Levelland, Texas, where he was an assistant professor of music at South Plains College. Before that, he was director of Jazz Studies at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. Hanson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hanson of Lamesa.
Hanson has served the university for one year as an adjunct member of the music faculty and as a performer in numerous music projects. His wife, Dr. Jan Hanson, also is an assistant professor of music at USAO. Both earned their doctorate degrees in musical arts from North Texas State University in Denton.
Dan Hanson is an accomplished pianist and percussionist in all styles, and has worked professionally as a keyboardist, composer, orchestrator and arranger for the past 17 years.
The USAO Symphonic Band performs contemporary music, in every style, written for today's concert band. The ensemble performs in concert every trimester, and is open to all qualified students regardless of college major. "All interested students, faculty, and members of the community are invited to participate," says Hanson. Scholarships are available for qualified USAO students.
"The Drovertone Jazz Ensemble performs jazz, rock, and pop arrangements from the Big Band Era through today's most contemporary sounds," explains the new director. All interested students, faculty and community members are invited to participate, he says. Scholarships are available for qualified USAO students.
Appearing at every home USAO basketball game, as well as other important school spirit functions, the USAO Spirit Band is drawn from the jazz ensemble and the symphonic band. "Membership is open to any interested individual," says Hanson. Scholarships are available to qualified USAO students.