Daniel Emmet (1815 - 1904) was an American composer, son of a blacksmith. He joined the army at age 17 as a fifer, and after his discharge in 1835, he played the drum in travelling circus bands. He was also a capable violinist, flutist, and singer. In 1843 in New York City, he and three coperformers organized the Virginia Minstrels, a troupe that competes with the Christy Minstrels for recognition as the earliest minstrel show troupe. In 1858 Emmett joined the Bryant Minstrels.