David is very active as a music educator. He is in his 16th year teaching the high school and middle school orchestras in East Lansing. Prior to his job at East Lansing, David spent three years teaching 7th-12th grade orchestra in the Waverly Community Schools, and six years teaching orchestra in the Lansing Public Schools. David served as the co-conductor of the Mid-Michigan Youth Orchestra for 13 years. He has served as vice-president of the College of Music Alumni Association for Michigan State University. David holds both a BA and a MA in Music Education from Michigan State University.
David works across Michigan as a guest clinician and judge for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA). He has served as the VP of Orchestra Activities for MSBOA District VIII. In 2007, David was selected as the MSBOA District VIII orchestra teacher of the year and was a finalist for the MSBOA state orchestra teacher of the year. In 2015, David was again selected as MSBOA district VIII teacher of the year and this time went on to be selected as the MSBOA state orchestra teacher of the year.
He has performed and taught as a faculty member at SUNY Oswego State University in New York and served as a conductor for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association Camp.
David currently resides in East Lansing, Michigan with his wife Melanie and son Zachary. He collects watches as a hobby and is a co-founder of the watch club redbarDetroit. Check out his collection on instagram at jazzbass251. :)