teacher and trumpeter who graduated from Michigan State University College
of Music in 1969 and went on to carve out a formidable career as a session
musician: He is reputed to have
played on more than seventy film and television soundtracks, including The Fugitive, Robin Hood: Prince of
Thieves, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He also appears on Frank
Sinatra’s 1979 boxed set, Trilogy,
and Hubert Laws’ 1980 album, Family.
In 1981, he
penned an article for the thirty-fifth edition of the Brass Bulletin
entitled “The Audition System:
Why American Musicians Emigrate”. Fortunately for American trumpet
fans, he didn’t. In the
mid-‘80s, he joined the Pasadena Symphony, and has since graduated to
associate principal trumpet: He
has also occupied the principal trumpet chair for the Santa Clarita
Symphony, and performed with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, the L.A. Opera
Company, and the L.A. Philharmonic.
David is very
active in church music, as well.
On 30th October 1994, he was a featured performer at the
First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, California, in a program
that included one of Johann Friedrich Fasch’s
trumpet concerti. A couple of
years later, he appeared at the International Trumpet Guild Conference at
CSU-Long Beach, where he played one sixth of Rob Roy McGregor’s
“Essay for Six Trumpets”.
In December of
2002, he returned to FUMC in Santa Monica to perform Halsey Stevens’ Magnificat, a
piece he would reprise at the church on 1st June 2008 for the
celebration of Stevens’ 100th birthday. Five days later, he headed down to
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades for a program of
George Frideric Handel, Vincent Persichetti, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
project he worked on was the KCRW radio production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring the voice
talents of Orson Bean, Judy Geeson, Elliott
Gould, Malcolm McDowell, Rhea Perlman, and Harry Shearer: A CD is now available.
In his copious
free time, David is as an adjunct professor at Santa Monica college and
teaches trumpet at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles,