Dan Lutz is the Director of University Bands at UMass Lowell. In the performance area of the Department of Music, he serves as Conductor of the Concert Band, Jazz Rock Big Band, Pep Band Director, and Director of the Marching Band.
Lutz is a composer and arranger of works in a vast array of media. With hundreds of works to his credit, commissions have included concert and orchestral works, pieces for jazz ensembles, theater, corporate video, and commercial radio and television. Commissioned works for wind band include the compositions "Tetrahedron" inspired by the 4:3 proportions of this unique pyramid, "Hemispheres" a work for middle school band inspired by the functions of the regions of the human brain, and "Dichotomy... Impressions of Kerouac" inspired by the writings and life of the poet and Lowell native Jack Kerouac. In the educational community, Lutz has served as guest conductor at numerous state music educators festivals in addition to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Regional Honor Bands in the Northeast, Southeast, Central and Western Districts. In his role as Director of University Bands at UMass Lowell, he has received the University's Student Government award for teaching excellence and for advisor of the Year. Under his direction, the UMass Lowell Bands perform throughout New England. Accolades have included performances for the President of the United States, the Governor of Massachusetts, and numerous television appearances.
For more than twenty-five years, Lutz has directed various musical ensembles and has served as a clinician addressing composition and musical performance throughout the United States and abroad. In March of 2008, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Hall of Fame.