University of Idaho Administration Building

Daniel J. Bukvich 2005

Daniel J. Bukvich, professor of percussion and theory and Jazz Choir director, received a master's degree in music from the University of Idaho in 1978. He has been a faculty member at his alma mater since then. He has produced a body of composition work, including commissioned pieces and original music for concert bands and orchestras. His creativity is displayed in his ability to weave common historical and sociological threads into musical meaning. This approach requires hours of research into a subject area prior to the creation of an original work. Topics of compositions include: the fire-bombing of Dresden in World War II, remembrance of Pres. John F. Kennedy and the structure of Lincoln’s "Gettysburg Address." Bukvich has devised innovative methods for instructing both specialists and lay people, as in his colorful instructions for "How to Listen to Jazz." These novel methods lead to continuing requests for lectures across the nation and overseas. He instructs more than 500 participants at the Summer Youth Music Program on the University of New Hampshire campus.