Living Life, One Note at a Time: Daniel O'Donnell

Major: Music
Hometown: Jacksonville, AL

Daniel O'Donnell enrolled at JSU with some pretty big shoes to fill. After all, his grandparents and parents all graduated from here. But for the senior who knows that the words "love" and "home" are as synonymous with JSU as the songs "Salvation" and "Stars Fell on Alabama" played on game day, those shoes have taken some well-tuned paths at JSU. Not only has Daniel played saxophone for the Marching Southerners, he has also been drum major. He also plays in the Hardcorps pep band. His time with the band has given him the opportunity to travel to stadiums and fields inside the continental U.S., as well as to one other very special place— Pearl Harbor, HI, where he conducted the band's performance aboard the USS Missouri commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

When he isn't making music for JSU, Daniel can usually be found performing and recording with friends (some of whom are JSU students and alumni). Previously with a popular local band called "The Sunsets," he now is part of "Caldonia," which recently had a session at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. That's a pretty sweet chord in the soundtrack of this music major's life!

About the Photos (clockwise, from top left): Daniel at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals; playing the saxophone during a gig; and conducting the Southerners aboard the USS Missouri at the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary.

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Daniel O Donell in Fame Recording Studio

Daniel O Donnell conducting the Southerners at the Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Daniel O Donnell plays saxophone