In his middle and high school years, Daniel received two consecutive nominations for Most Valuable Performer, as well as three consecutive years of 'Superior' marks from either the NCMEA or CMEA (the highest rating awarded by these organizations) alongside two distinct vocal groups. He also received a first-of-its-kind award for vocal leadership from former music director Jan Steger Johnston. Since graduating from high school, he has become a member of Novis A Capella, the premiere a capella group at the University of Texas at Dallas.