A native of Virginia Beach, Danni Gilbert studied saxophone, clarinet, and conducting with Master Chief Musician and Navy Band Conductor Alberto Asercion. Danni received her bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2006. While there, she studied saxophone with Paul Haar, Nathan Keedy, and Connie Frigo and conducting with Gary Sousa and Don Ryder. Danni received her Master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009, studying saxophone with Paul Haar. Currently, Danni is pursuing her doctoral degree in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
An active music educator and instrumentalist, Danni Gilbert has performed and taught in many areas throughout the country. Presently, she holds a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she works with the music education and music theory departments. In addition, Danni is an adjunct woodwind instructor at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She also teaches a number of private saxophone and clarinet lessons to students ranging from beginning to collegiate levels. Danni actively performs with the Omaha Symphony and the Blair Community Band. Previously, Danni taught at Blair Community Schools in Blair, Nebraska where she worked full time with fifth and sixth grade band students. Danni also taught for two years at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska as the applied saxophone instructor.
As a soloist, Danni has been featured with the Tidewater Winds based out of Norfolk, Virginia, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Omaha Symphonic Winds in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Blair Community Band in Blair, Nebraska.
Danni currently resides in Omaha with her husband, Matt and her daughter, Ellie.