Research/Areas of Interest:

Pep Band


  • MM, Orchestral Conducting, University of Nebraska, United States, 2003
  • MM, Trombone Performance, Boston Conservatory, United States, 2000
  • MM, Music Education, Boston Foundation, United States
  • BA, Trombone Performance, University of Montevallo, United States, 1998


Daniels is the music director for the Fall River Symphony Orchestra, Bentley University Chamber Orchestra and an adjunct lecturer at Tufts University. He has served as instructor of music for the past seven years at Gann Academy and the chair of the Arts Department form 2012-2016. Among his many accomplishments, Daniels is the founder and artistic director of the popular 3rd Sundays @ 3 Chamber Music Series. This televised chamber music series highlighted chamber groups throughout the Greater Boston Area and across the country. In 2014, he was a finalist for the post of music director for the Arlington, Lincoln-Sudbury and Reading Symphony Orchestras. His past posts have included: - Assistant Conductor of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra in Omaha, NE - Assistant Conductor of the Marlborough Symphony Orchestra (now known as Metrowest Symphony) in Marlborough, MA - Sinfonia conductor at Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH - Conductor of the Honors Orchestra at Nashoba Youth Orchestras - His Boston area guest conducting appointments have included the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Boston Invitational Trombone Ensemble and - Quincy Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he was invited to work with the Berlin Sinfonietta in Berlin Germany and the Bohuslav Martin� Philharmonic - Orchestra in Zlin and Kromeriz, Czech Republic. Also a composer, Daniels' Rev. E.L. Knight for solo Tuba was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Principal Tubist, Michael Roylance, during the 2007 and 2013 Tanglewood season. In 2017, Ray was honored by the Rhode Island Music Educators Association and was invited to conduct the Junior All-State Orchestra. Guided by a belief that music is "common ground" that bridges differences of humanity; Ray is particularly interested in engaging young (new) audiences. He makes his home in Medford, MA with his daughters, Zoë and Zaila. Previous and Present Appointments 2016-Present: Tufts University Pep Band, Medford, MA; Music Director 2014-Present: Fall River Symphony Orchestra, Fall River, MA; Music Director 2012-Present: Bentley University Chamber Orchestra, Waltham, MA; Music Director 2010-Present: Gann Academy, Waltham, MA; Instrumental Ensembles and Musical Director 2009-2014: Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, Waltham, MA; Associate Conductor 2009-2014: 3rd Sundays @ 3, Waltham, MA; Artistic Director/Conductor 2007-2009: Nashoba Youth Orchestra, Westford, MA; Honors Orchestra, Conductor 2005-2007: Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH; Symphonia Chamber Orchestra, Conductor 2002-2003: University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE; Various Ensembles, Assistant Conductor 1999-2000: Marlborough Symphony Orchestra, Marlborough, MA; Assistant Conductor Guest Conducting 2017: Junior All-State Orchestra, Rhode Island 2017: Tufts University Wind Ensemble, Medford, MA 2014: Bohuslav Martin� Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Republic 2014: Berlin Sinfonietta, Berlin, Germany 2014: Reading Symphony, Reading, MA 2014: Lincoln–Sudbury Civic Symphony, Lincoln, MA 2013: Greater Fall River Symphony, Fall River, MA 1999-2001, 2012, 2013: Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Quincy, MA 2011: Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI), Boston, MA 2009: Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Omaha, NE 2001: Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Melrose, MA 2000: Boston Invitational Trombone Ensemble, Boston, MA 1998 & 2000: Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA 1997 & 1998: University of Montevallo Wind Ensemble, Montevallo, AL Composition Rev. E.L. Knight for solo tuba; premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Principal Tubist, Michael Roylance, during the 2007 and 2013 Tanglewood season.