Dan Hanson Professor of Music

Dan Hanson

Professor of Music
Room 236 | Davis Hall


Concert band director, concert pianist, and composer Dr. Dan Hanson has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 1988. He teaches music theory, composition, percussion, music methods courses, and directs the USAO Concert Band. In 2006, Hanson launched a new performing ensemble called The Key Players of USAO, a unique synthesizer keyboard group (with guitar, bass guitar & drums) that explores various musical styles and travels for public events. Dan, who plays more than a dozen different musical instruments, recently added the accordion to his repertoire. He earned the Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2005 and in 2007. He was named twice to the Outstanding Young Men of America, twice to the Texas All-State Band and was a first prize winner of the Lubbock Music Composition Contest.

Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfMe), Oklahoma Music Educators Association, The College Music Society, the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable Conference, The Society Of Composers, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Lions Club International. He produced the orchestration for the World Premiere of Bill Mays' "Suite for Flute and Piano," has performed as a percussionist in Japan, and toured both Europe and Mexico. Before coming to USAO, Dan was an assistant professor of music at Southern Plains College, director of jazz studies at Lubbock Christian University, instructor of music theory at the Texas Tech University Band Camp, and director of music for the Miss Lubbock Scholarship Pageant.


  • Ph.D, Musical Arts in Composition, University of North Texas, 1987
  • Master of Music in Theory and Composition, Texas Tech University, 1981
  • BA, Music Theory, Texas Tech University, 1975

Favorite Quotes

"It's not where it came from....but where it evolved to" - (comedian and songwriter) Steve Allen