British Percussionist Daniel Floyd was introduced into music from an early age being brought up in the Salvation Army playing the piano for its choir and services.
After school Daniel joined the British Army and studied Percussion at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. On completion of his studies Daniel was awarded “best overall musician” for his year group. After his time at Kneller Hall he was assigned to the Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division based at Tidworth Garrison. Here he was a member of the percussion section playing at events all over Europe in both the marching and symphonic wind band.
In 2013 Daniel was successful in auditioning for the Percussion and Assistant Timpani chair with the Central Band of The Royal Air Force. He was used from an early stage as a soloist in front of the Central Band performing solos on both tuned and un-tuned percussion. Having a passion for chamber music Daniel has been seen regularly at both the St Clement Danes and St John’s Waterloo lunch-time concert series as a soloist and part of an ensemble.
Daniel enjoys teaching and educational projects and has worked for Essex music services as a percussion teacher leading the orchestral workshops. In 2016, he was selected by the British Wind Band Association to lead masterclasses on section percussion playing.
Having been a military musician for 10 years, he has performed at many high profile engagements all over the world, often for members of the Royal Family. Daniel has worked with many musicians including: Russell Watson, Blake, Hayley Westenra, Clare Teal, Alexander Armstrong, Pixie Lott, Steven Mead, Aled Jones and on many symphonic wind band recordings, including the award winning solo Trumpet CD “Fantasy” with Philip Cobb.
As well as being an active percussionist, Daniel is in constant demand as a conductor, having already held both Principal and Assistant roles in the choral, brass band, and orchestral world. Daniel was awarded a Fellowship in conducting from the London College of Music at the start of 2017.