Daniel Geeting was born in Berkeley, California. His first impression of the clarinet was formed listening to recordings of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw found in his parents' record collection. Early study with Dr. Frederick Westphal was soon followed by completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University, studying clarinet with Russell Howland. His Master of Music degree is from the University of Southern California, and his Doctor of Musical Arts is from the University of Oregon. He has received a conducting certificate from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and has also studied with clarinetists Frealon Bibbins, John McManus, Robert Vagner and Harold Wright.
Geeting has held professorships at Cornell College, the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and since 1984 at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California where he is a Professor of Music. Currently he is the conductor of the University Symphony and teaches music history and music appreciation in addition to woodwinds.