Dan Bowlds is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and an avid UK basketball fan. He is a founder of the National Chamber Winds and is retired from the United States Army Field Band with over 24 years of active duty service. As a Musical Ambassador of the Army, Sergeant Major (retired) Bowlds performed in all 50 states, Canada, and Norway with the Concert Band and his woodwind quintet, Pentagon Winds.
Before joining the Army, he earned a Master of Music degree at Kent State University, where his graduate woodwind quintet, Aeolus V, was a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Western State University, studying both voice and bassoon, and was Principal Bassoonist for the Missouri All-Collegiate Band and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Assembly. Dan’s teachers include Julie Gray, Don Wilkinson, Richard Yeager, Sharon Gray, David DeBolt, and Linda Harwell.