D A N I E L   R U B I O

Composer  |  Orchestrator
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Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Daniel began studying piano at age seven.  In third grade, he played drums in the school band and before finishing grammar school ended up playing trumpet, baritone and eventually the tuba - wherever there was a hole, he was asked to fill it.  In high school, it was piano for the stage band and choir, tuba in the concert band and drums in the marching band.  He also began to write arrangements for the bands and the choir.  He played his first professional engagement at age sixteen on Bourbon Street at the Red Garter.  There is no better place than New Orleans in which to grow up as a musician.  Daniel then discovered a recording of tuba player, Rich Matteson, playing with Louis Armstrong and that is when the tuba, particularly jazz tuba, became his passion and what he is best known for in New Orleans and around the world.

After high school, Daniel enrolled in the Mannes College of Music in New York City.  He began to work on Broadway as assistant to Buster Davis, a well known and highly respected vocal arranger and musical director ("No, No, Nanette", "Funny Girl", "Bells Are Ringing" and others).  He then worked  for the gifted film composer, Michael Kamen on the Broadway musical, "Reggae". That led to other work on Broadway.  In New York, Daniel worked as an accompanist to Debbie Reynolds, Carol Channing, Ben Vereen, Gregory Hines and others.

Daniel studied in Rome, Italy with the late Italian film composer, Piero Umiliani.  He studied with Jack Smalley, the ubiquitous TV and film orchestrator/conductor and also Eddy Davis, the New York jazz musician, composer and musical director.  Daniel was drawn back to New Orleans by "The Dukes of Dixieland" to perform with them as tuba player and musical director.

  • Daniel has been commissioned by the City of New Orleans three times to write the music for original theatrical productions.
  • Daniel composed the themes for several cable television series and more than 100 episodes for "The Discovery Channel".
  • Daniel composed the score to the Korean International Theater Festival, 1st place award winning musical comedy, "The Wolf".
  • Daniel composed the score to the Pale Horse Productions film, "The Last Days" , ranked 6th out of the top 700 films reviewed at FXhome.com.  
  • Daniel performed on the tuba for the score of the Out of Our Minds Animation Studio's highly anticipated, full length, animated feature film, "The Magistical", to be released in late 2007.
  • Daniel's compositions have been performed by numerous symphonic orchestras including: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The St. Louis Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony, The Dallas Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, The National Symphony, The Cincinnatti Orchestra and The U.S. Air Force Band among others.
  • The conductors that Daniel has worked with include: Erich Kunzel, Richard Hayman, Bruce Hangen and Peter Nero among others.
  • Daniel's compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous artists including: Woody Herman, Ben Vereen, Charlie Byrd, Big Tiny Little, Al Hirt, The Dukes of Dixieland, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Julie Jules, Banu Gibson and Eddy Davis among others.

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