Title: Director of Bands, Choir, and Orchestra
District: Palm Springs USD
Location: Desert Hot Springs, CA
Dr. Brian McDaniel, a 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year nominee, is a music educator who has raised over $1,000,000 through grants, donations, sponsorships, and fundraisers to ensure access for every child in his program. As an educator for 13 years, he has successfully built award winning elementary, middle, and high school music programs. He is a leader in various school and teacher organizations, as well as an educational justice advocate who is passionate about helping students overcome obstacles through academic opportunities.
Choosing to serve in a Title I school, he founded The Regiment, a student-led music organization that serves as a safety net for students and helps them to overcome the trials of school and life. The Regiment continuously improves school climate and academic performance by living up to their motto of rising “Beyond All Expectations.”