April 2, 2009
Gifted musician receives scholarship to attend Cowley College
Daniel Byers, a senior at Arkansas City High School, recently accepted
an Instrumental Music scholarship to attend Cowley College in the fall.
Byers’ older brother, Ben, is a current student at Cowley and serves as a member of the jazz band. Like his brother, Ben, Byers’ has a love for music. He is a member of the ACHS band, jazz band, and FCA Praise and Worship band named “Praying for Miracles”.
Byers has played the saxophone and guitar for several years, and has begun playing the flute and mandolin.
“I like to play all instruments, I was brought up with music all around the house,” Byers said.
His father, Todd, plays the guitar, and his mother, Connie, is a pianist. With his brother, Ben, already at Cowley, Byers has had an opportunity to familiarize himself with some of the college’s instructors, including instrumental music instructor Josh Fleig, who also serves as the director of the college’s pep band, concert band, and jazz band.
“I am familiar with a lot of the staff and felt Cowley would be a good place to start out,” Byers said. “I feel comfortable here.”
Fleig is looking forward to working with Byers in the fall.
“Dan is very gifted as a musician and it is an honor to have someone of his caliber and talent on board with us,” Fleig said.
Along with his musical ventures at Arkansas City High School, Byers is also involved in FFA, the National Honor Society, the Work Ethics Program, and is a member of the tennis team. He is a Kansas University Honor Scholar and has twice been named the Outstanding Soloist at the Wichita Jazz Festival.
Byers has two younger siblings, Aaron, a sophomore at ACHS, and Mary Beth, a freshman at ACHS. His brother, Ben, plans to graduate from Cowley in May.
Once Byers has completed his two years at Cowley College, he plans on transferring to Kansas State University, where he will major in Music Education. He hopes to one day become a music instructor at a University.
“He is the type of person we need teaching music out there,” Fleig said.