Dan Locklair is a native of Charlotte who studied music with Richard Peek and Anita Bultmann Tritt as a teenager. After study with Donna Nagey Robertson and graduation from Mars Hill College, he received degrees from Union Theological Seminary and the Eastman School of Music (DMA). Since 1982, Dr Locklair has been Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He has composed for many media and was named Composer of the Year by the AGO in 1996.
"Phoenix Fanfare" was commissioned in 1979 for the festival service celebrating the renovation of James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. The composer states that “to use the mythological Phoenix (which arose from the ashes and has strong applications to the rising of Christ) seemed most appropriate as the 'new' James Chapel clearly was a new creation that arose out of itself, symbolizing Hope.” "Processional" was composed in 1985 and combined with the fanfare for use at Wake Forest University. Locklair further states: “Even though Phoenix Fanfare and Processional is a somewhat utilitarian piece, I still think that many of the earmarks of my overall style are apparent. As with all my compositions, I hope that listeners will be moved by what they hear.”