Daniel Berard currently serves as Associate Director of Bands at Wakeland High School, in Frisco, TX, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and Jazz studies program, and assists with all other aspects of the large and vibrant band program, including marching, concert, and chamber ensembles performing at the highest levels. Mr. Berard is a 30-year veteran educator with a wide range of experience with students of all levels, from beginning to professional musicians, and a commitment to developing individual musicianship, musical literacy, and leadership skills. Prior to joining the team at Wakeland HS, he held Director of Bands positions at Grain Valley HS (MO), Fossil Ridge HS (CO), and Douglas County HS (CO). Mr. Berard was on the “core team” that opened Fossil Ridge High School (Ft. Collins, CO) in the fall of 2004. During his tenure at Fossil Ridge, the Band program grew from 22 students to national prominence, earning multiple state championships in Marching Band, numerous state awards and consistent “Superior” ratings in concert and jazz performance, and two invitations as a featured performing ensemble at the prestigious Music For All National Concert Band Festival, held in Indianapolis (2012 & 2016). In addition, the Fossil Ridge Band program was named the Southwest Division recipient of the “Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award” from the National Band Association.
Mr. Berard received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from Colorado State University. He has been a member of the instructional team of several world-class Drum & Bugle Corps, including The Madison Scouts, The Cavaliers, and The Cadets. Mr. Berard is 1 of 17 directors nationwide to be named a Yamaha Master Educator; is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor; and has presented at numerous clinics and conventions across the country, including the prestigious Midwest Clinic in 2019. Mr. Berard has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and was named one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band & Orchestra Magazine.