Karlton Daniel Kravig
Dan Kravig, a conductor and euphonium player, taught music for thirty years in four academies in the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. Throughout his career he has played in brass ensembles whenever possible.
Dan was one of four children and the oldest of three sons of Franklin Joy and Alma W. Lushik Kravig. Both parents were music teachers and provided their children with excellent musical training and guidance. All have been significant participants in music wherever they have lived.
Dan completed a degree in music education at Union College, where he served as assistant conductor of the college bands in his senior year. He began his career at Laurelwood Academy in Oregon, where he taught music from 1979 to 1983.
He then attended Boise State University in Idaho, completing an M.A. in music education in 1984. While doing graduate work during the 1983-1984 school year, he also taught at Gem State Academy.
In 1984 Kravig accepted a position at Thunderbird Academy in Arizona, where he taught until 2002. While at TA, he received the Zapara Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991 and was voted Teacher of the Year in 1999 and again in 2002. Several of his students were also members in the Phoenix Youth Symphony, and a number of them continued in music after high school as successful music majors and music educators.
He was also one of the first Adventist directors to enter band competitions during a time when competition was frowned upon by the church. The TA band qualified for state finals every year they entered and even though the finals were always held on Sabbath and they couldn't play, it was reward enough to know they never failed to reach that level in the competition.
In 2002 Kravig accepted a position at Cascade Christian Academy in Wenatchee, Washington, where he directed the band program until 2009, when he left teaching. He is an active outdoorsman and an avid cyclist who enjoys competing in that sport. He currently works as a representative for an orthopedic implant company.
Sources: Information provided by Dan Kravig over several years and personal knowledge.