Daniel Cox picked up his first pair of drum sticks at the age of 11 and began a lifelong, passionate affair with music. His skill and versatility as a master percussionist mark him as a leading performer in a variety of genres, and styles – Blues shuffles, the meat and potatoes of Classic Rock, Americana and Country back beats, Latin rhythms, Jazz grooves and even orchestral settings.
Daniel’s dedication to excellence across a broad range of musical genres has placed him on the stage with Classic Rock icon Peter Rivera, Northwest Blues-Rock great Tim “Too Slim” Langford, Washington Blues Society 10-time “Best Vocalist” award winner Sammy Eubanks, Nashville’s Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours, Americana-Country singer Nicole Lewis, Latin-Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, the Spokane Symphony, and Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire tour.
A sought-after live and studio drummer, Daniel’s commercial work for television and radio includes recording in nationally acclaimed studios such as Cider Mountain, Bing Bang Boom, Cue 11, and Nashville’s Dark Horse Studios. His work can be heard on national advertising campaigns for Third Rock from the Sun, Saturday Night Live, and ABC’s TGIF Fridays, as well as Disney’s The Game Plan and many more.
Daniel splits his time offstage between Gonzaga University and North Idaho College, where he teaches and inspires emerging drummers in all percussion-related classes, Jazz combos, Survey of Music, and Jazz History. He offers private instruction in percussion to a limited number of students.
After studying music at Eastern Washington University with Martin Zyskowski, former Stan Kenton Orchestra drummer Gary Hobbs, conductor/composer Gunther Schuller, Wynton Marsalis, and Jazz drummer Victor Lewis, Daniel earned a master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Miami. His talent, dedication, and professional expertise are constantly on display – either on stage, in a studio or working on his own music at his Spokane, Washington, home studio.