Meet Your Directors

Mr. Daniel J. Singer
Mr. Daniel J. Singer is the Director of Bands at Oshkosh West High School . His duties include coordination and teaching of all band related ensembles, including: team teaching all of the concert bands, Jazz ensembles, conducting the pit orchestra for the annual musical theater production, and events outside of the school day such as Marching Band and Pep Band. Outside of teaching in the public school system, Mr. Singer and his wife own and operate Singer Music Studio, offering private lesson instruction in piano and band instruments. He also performs as a member of Vento Winds (a professional level wind band in the Fox Valley) and has performed with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra
the Fox Cities Swing Band, Oshkosh Area Community Band, and other area ensembles.  Mr. Singer has taught at OWHS since the fall of 2007.

Before teaching in the Oshkosh Area School District, Mr. Singer was the Director of Bands at Big Foot Union High School in Walworth, WI (2003-2007). At BFHS, he directed the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble, taught courses in Music Technology and AP Music Theory, Coached Varsity Girls Soccer, and helped with musical theatre in all facets of the production. Mr. Singer began his teaching career in the southwest corner of Wisconsin teaching 5-12 band and middle school general music in the Benton School District (2001-2003), and taught band part-time for a year at Cuba City Elementary/Middle School (2000-2001).

In August of 2011, he graduated with his Master's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. For his master's thesis project Mr. Singer wrote a book for teaching Jazz Ensemble titled Warm-ups, Etudes, and Daily Drills for the Large Jazz Ensemble at the Advanced Level.

Mr. Singer was a staff member for the 2010 Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music tour of Europe. He performed with the band on trumpet and was sectional coach for the bass clarinets and bassoons. This group is made up of music students from all over Wisconsin who were nominated by their school music teacher. Every two years they travel to Europe for a performing tour that includes: England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.

In December of 2000, Mr. Singer graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Mr. Singer toured North America as a performing member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. In the year 2000, he returned to the Phantom Regiment as a member of the instructional staff teaching marching and movement. While with the Phantom Regiment, he studied brass playing with Peter Bond (trumpet) of the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In 1995, Mr. Singer graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in his hometown of Kenosha, WI.

Some of Mr. Singer’s non-music interests and hobbies include: home improvement projects, yard work, camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, photography, soccer, Milwaukee Brewers baseball, Green Bay Packers football, and spending time with his wife, parents, two sisters, brother, four nephews, four nieces, dog, and cats. Mr and Mrs. Singer just welcomed their first child into the world (August 2013) and could not be happier being parents.
Mr. Brian K. Wilson
Mr. Brian K. Wilson is Associate Director of Bands at Oshkosh West High School. At West he works with all aspects of one of Wisconsin's largest band programs, co-teaching four concert bands, the Summer Marching Band, pep bands, and chamber ensembles totaling nearly 300 students.

Prior to teaching at Oshkosh West High School, Mr. Wilson taught at Hobart Middle School in Hobart, Indiana. Working as a long-term substitute band director, he taught 6th and 7th grade general music classes, a beginning percussion class, a beginning flute, clarinet and oboe class and co-taught the 7th and 8th grade bands. While at Hobart, he also worked with the high school marching band and served as show designer and arranger for the 2011 marching season. After his work at HMS, Mr. Wilson was hired as an adjunct band director at Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana. At VHS, he worked with the directors to prepare three concert bands for state concert band contest, where the Wind Ensemble placed tenth in the state.

Mr. Wilson graduated from Indiana State University in May of 2010. At Indiana State he was a percussion principle and performed with the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, University Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band and Basketball Band, serving as drum major in the fall of 2008 and co-principle percussionist in the wind orchestra. While in college, Mr. Wilson was the percussion director, taught the front ensemble and assisted with the curricular percussion class at Terre Haute North Vigo High School in addition to arranging the marching percussion music. He gave lessons at the both THN and the ISU Community Music Center. Mr. Wilson is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Service Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda, National Honor Music Society.

He was a marching member of the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2005 to 2009. He served as drum major for his final two seasons before aging out in 2009. Between 2010 and 2013, Mr. Wilson has served as Assistant Director of the Pioneer, coordinating rehearsals, staff, housing and travel. His music is published through Jalen publishing.

Brian strongly believes in the performance of new works. He has commissioned works by Rick Kirby, Charles Rochester Young, Oshkosh West Alumnus Nicolás Gutiérrez, Elena Avalos-Bock, and Brandon Nelson.

In his spare time, Mr. Wilson enjoys traveling, technology, attending concerts and spending time with friends and family.
Assisting Faculty

These Assisting Faculty move the Oshkosh West Band Program from good to great.

Mr. Brad Curran - Wildcat Band/Summer Marching Band

Mr. Brad Curran is the band director at Webster Stanley Middle School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, teaches Wildcat Band Brass at Oshkosh West High School, and Summer Marching Band.

Originally from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mr. Curran is a B.M.E. graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. He began playing trumpet in the fourth grade and was playing gigs and arranging by age twelve. Since that time, he has had the good fortune to perform in a variety of musical settings ranging from classical to jazz to pop/rock including appearances with jazz stars Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Med Flory and Supersax, Conte Candoli, Bill Watrous and Buddy DeFranco among others. Other diverse credits include the San Diego Concert Jazz Band, the Temptations, the Miss Wisconsin Pageant Orchestra, musical director and trumpet soloist with the Jan Garber Orchestra, various symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, brass ensembles and numerous recording sessions. Curran was the musical arranger for the Miss Wisconsin Pageant (prior to the age of pre-recorded music,) as well as writing for school bands, jazz bands, dance bands, solo trumpet and commercial music. He has taught trumpet students at all levels, is involved with both the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival and the Fox Jazz Festival in performance and board member roles, and is president of the Jazz Corner Society.

Mr. Curran has studied with Jan Jacobi, Paul Smoker, Allen Butcher, Robert Levy, John Harmon, Bobby Shew, and Clark Terry among others .

Mr. Curran recently completed his 25th year of teaching instrumental music at Seton Catholic Middle School in Menasha, plays principal trumpet with the Oshkosh Brass Quintet, is a featured jazz soloist with the 18 piece Appleton-based Big Band Reunion and the 16 piece Lighthouse Big Band in Fond du Lac, leads the Jazz Quartet DIG , the Mid-West Coast Jazz Octet, the "Birth of the Cool"Revisited, and leads one of the Green Bay Packers  "Tailgaters" bands. His newest venture is Marshall Vente's Mohawk Avenue Jazz Band, comprised of 8 musicians ranging from the Chicago, Milwaukee and Fox Valley area. In addition to free-lance performance, arranging and recording work with a number of mid-west bands, he also maintains a busy private teaching studio consisting of anywhere from 12 to 20 students. A huge advocate of jazz education, Brad is a past president of the Wisconsin unit of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), a founding member of the new Wisconsin Association for Jazz Education (WI-AJE,) and a charter member of the new Jazz Education Network (JEN).

Mr. J. Edgerton - Drumline

Jam Master J… quite simply the greatest drummer ever to walk the face of the earth. J. is the Drum Instructor for the Oshkosh West Drumline. He dedicates his time and effort to come from Appleton to work with the Drumline several times per month. With J, the Drumline learns cadences for parades and floor routines for basketball games. Under J, the Drumline also has many opportunities to perform outside of the Oshkosh West Band Program. One example is participation with the Green Bay Frostline, the Drumline for the Green Bay Blizzard Arena Football team. Thanks to J, Oshkosh West has a successful Drumline and furthermore, a successful band program. 

West High School Feeder School Band Directors
Carl Traeger Middle School Band - Karen Kriege  email  website
Perry Tipler Middle School Band - Kevin Rhodes  email website
South Park Middle School Band - Emily Bauer  email  website
For information on past directors, please visit the "Band Director Timeline" in the History section of the OWHS Bands Web Page