Daniel Adams (b. 1956, Miami, FL) is a Professor of Music at Texas Southern University in Houston where he has taught courses in music theory and composition since 1988. He served as acting chair of the Texas Southern University Music department from March 1 to August 31, 2020. Adams holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (1985) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Music from the University of Miami (1981) and a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University (1978). He has received commissions from The McCormick Percussion Group, The McCormick Duo, The Gulf Coast Community Band, The Leechburg (PA) High School Percussion Ensemble, Louisiana State University Percussion Ensemble, EOS Flute and Guitar Duo, VioLet, Lee Hinkle, Richard Nunemaker Studios, Selmer Paris, Buffet Crampon, and D’Addario Woodwinds.
Daniel Adams is the composer of numerous published musical compositions and the author of many articles and reviews on various topics related to Twentieth Century percussion music, musical pedagogy, and the music of Texas. His book entitled The Solo Snare Drum was published by Honey Rock in 2000. He is also the author of two entries published in the 2009 Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History 1896 to the Present and has authored a revision of the Miami, Florida entry for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013).
He has served as a panelist and lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on topics ranging from music composition and pedagogy to faculty governance. In 2011 he presented a composition Master Class at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea. Daniel Adams' music has been performed throughout the United States and in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Costa Rica, Argentina, Finland, Canada, and South Korea. His music is recorded on Navona, Capstone, Ravello, Summit, Albany, Potenza Records, and Phasma-Music.