David is an active performer, educator, and music advocate in the greater Austin, Texas area. While getting his performance and education degrees at Texas Tech University under Dr. Kevin Wass, he held the principal tuba chair of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2009 as well as substitute tuba with the Big Spring Orchestra. He received his Master’s Degree in tuba performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2011 with Professor Dan Perantoni. During his time at IU, he competed in the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences’s quartet competition, as well as the mock band audition, making it to the semi-final round in both.
Since 2011, he has taught privately in Austin, Texas for some of the most well renowned middle and high school programs in the state of Texas, such as Henry Middle School, Cedar Park Middle and High Schools, Vandegrift High School, and Vista Ridge High Schools. He has had numerous All-State musicians over the years across multiple different school classifications. In 2021, he had his first student place in the Student Division of the Falcone Solo Competition and in 2018 he presented a clinic at the Texas Music Educator’s Association, along with Kevin Wass, advocating for the presence of chamber music in the educational careers of young tuba and euphonium players.
Since 2013, he has been co-founder and director of a summer tuba and euphonium festival called Teupha Camp. Since it’s start, it’s grown from a single camp of less than 30 participants to multiple events throughout the school year for the tuba and euphonium students of Texas like mock auditions, outdoor single day camps, and a summer camp pushing a hundred students. Teupha camp brings the joy and educational power of chamber music to those two instruments in a way that those students wouldn’t have experienced otherwise.
David has been the principal tubist of the Central Texas Philharmonic since 2011 and is a founding member of the Austin Brass Collective. He lives in Leander, Texas with his wife Britni and their dog Dixie.