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Nathan Daughtery
Nathan Daughtery




Nathan Daughtrey (Greensboro, North Carolina) is a composer and percussionist driven by curiosity, relentlessly seeking ways to meld his lifelong passions. As a performing artist and clinician for Yamaha percussion and Salyers Percussion mallets, his varied career has taken him worldwide, appearing as a keyboard soloist in Australia, Asia, Eastern Europe, and North America. Daughtrey has released two solo marimba albums – “Spiral Passages” and “The Yuletide Marimba” – and has appeared on many other albums, including Emma Lou Diemer’s “Pacific Ridge,” performing as a soloist on her marimba concerto with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.  

Daughtrey first discovered and cultivated his compositional voice through percussion works, including solos, duets, and ensembles. After one too many experiences being a bored, young “drummer” in the back of a band room, he made it his mission to compose wind band music across all difficulty levels with engaging, independent percussion parts that add color and drive, making those players indispensable. Perhaps best known for his percussion ensemble pieces, like “Mercury Rising” and “Firefly,” Daughtrey has also amassed an impressive catalog of chamber works combining percussion with woodwinds, brass, strings, and voice. He maintains a healthy commission schedule, composing works across genres for performers, ensembles, and directors worldwide. 

In January 2020, Daughtrey took over as owner and president of C. Alan Publications after being with the company since 1998. To this new role, he brings the same curiosity and zeal to curate a catalog of music that is genuine, forward-looking, educational, and inspiring. Daughtrey lives a charmed life full of running, traveling, cooking, and concert-hopping with his wife, Katie, and daughter, Penelope, in North Carolina.