Daughtrey, Nathan

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Nathan Daughtrey


Born: 1975

Country: North Carolina, USA



Website:https://www.nathandaughtrey.com/ Official Site

Composer and keyboard percussionist Nathan Daughtrey is driven by curiosity, relentlessly seeking ways to meld his lifelong passions. As a performing artist & clinician for Yamaha percussion and Salyers Percussion mallets, Nathan Daughtrey's varied career has taken him all over the world, appearing as a keyboard soloist in Australia, Asia, Eastern Europe, and throughout North America. Nathan Daughtrey has released two solo marimba albums – Spiral Passages and The Yuletide Marimba – the latter featuring his original arrangements of popular Christmas carols for the instrument. Additionally, he has appeared on many other albums, including Emma Lou Diemer’s Pacific Ridge, performing as soloist on her Concerto in One Movement for Marimba & Orchestra with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Nathan Daughtrey first discovered and cultivated his compositional voice through works involving percussion, 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 Nathan Daughtrey percussion ensemble pieces, like Mercury Rising and Firefly, Nathan Daughtrey has also amassed an impressive catalog of chamber works combining percussion with woodwinds, brass, strings, and voice. Being a collaborative chamber musician on his own pieces has been the most rewarding means of combining his passions for performing and composing. This is best illustrated on the album Praxis with euphoniumist Brian Meixner, which includes recordings of Nathan Daughtrey’s duet Spitfire and his award-winning Coming Home for solo euphonium & percussion quintet. He maintains a healthy commission schedule, composing works across genres for performers, ensembles, and directors worldwide.

In January 2020, Nathan Daughtrey took over as owner and president of C. Alan Publications after wearing many hats for the company since 1998. To this new role, Nathan Daughtrey brings the same curiosity and zeal to curate a catalog of music that is genuine, forward-looking, educational, and inspiring. Nathan Daughtrey lives a charmed life full of running, traveling, cooking, and concert-hopping with his wife Katie and daughter Penelope in Greensboro, NC. [1]



  • 1st Place in the 2014 ITEA Harvey Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition (Euphonium in a Solo Role)
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Plus Awards annually since 2007
  • 2nd Place in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest
  • 3rd Place in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest
  • 1st Place in the 2000 Southeastern Composers League Phillip Slates Composition Contest

Books for Percussion


The Yuletide Marimbist (Book 1)
The Yuletide Marimbist (Book 2)
The Sacred Marimbist (Volume 2)


The Celtic Xylophone, Book 1
The Celtic Xylophone, Book 2

Works for Percussion

Mallet Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Concerto

Percussion Ensemble with Other Instrument