David Gillingham (b. 1947, Waukesha, Wisc.) is an American composer.
Dr. Gillingham earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Michigan State University. Many of his works for winds are now considered standards in the repertoire.
His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes Lost and Fallen. His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Orchestra, University of Florida Wind Symphony, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble.
Currently Dr. Gillingham is a Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991), a Research Professorship (1995), and most recently, the President’s Research Investment Fund grant for his co-authorship of a proposal to establish an International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University. He is a member of ASCAP and has been receiving the ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music since 1996.
Works for Winds
- Abiquiu (2010)
- Aerodynamics (2003)
- All Hail the Power with Jack Stamp, Timothy Mahr, Joseph Pappas and Andrew Boysen, Jr. (2002)
- America the Beautiful (as arranger) (1882/2018)
- And Can It Be? (2000)
- Angels of the Apocalypse (2013)
- Apocalyptic Dreams (1995)
- At Morning's First Light (2004)
- Au Sable River Festival (2002)
- Be Thou My Vision (1999)
- Beneath the Sacred Light (2015)
- Bright Gleams a Beacon (2012)
- Cantus Laetus (2001)
- Century Variants (2009)
- Concertino for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble (1997)
- Concerto for Euphonium, Winds and Percussion (2006)
- Concerto for Woodwind Quintet and Wind Ensemble (1984/2006)
- Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Wind Ensemble (2008)
- Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Wind Orchestra (2004)
- Council Oak (2002)
- Crest of Honor (2005)
- The Echo Never Fades (2004)
- Fire up
- Foster's America (2003)
- Foundations (2017)
- Galactic Empires (1998)
- Heroes, Lost and Fallen (1990)
- Homage (2012)
- Home Again (2016)
- Internal Combustion (1999)
- Intrada Jubilante (1979/1999)
- Joyau (2019)
- Kentucky Home (2012)
- Light Unto the Darkness, A (1997)
- New Century Dawn (1999)
- No Shadow of Turning (2005)
- Point of Reckoning (arr. Daughtrey) (2015)
- Providence (2003)
- Quintessence I (1997)
- Quintessence II (2006)
- Radiant Moonbeams (2007)
- Serenade for Winds and Percussion (2000)
- Song Shall Never End, The (2014)
- Sub-Saharan Rhythm (1998)
- Symphony No. 2 (2007)
- Vintage (1990)
- Waking Angels (1997)
- When Speaks the Signal Trumpet Tone (1999)
- While the Dew is Still on the Roses (2013)
- With Heart and Voice (2000)
- Bradley, Raydell, and J. Bradley McDavid. (2003). "David Gillingham." In: A Composer's Insight, Volume 1. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications. pp. 47–55.
- Camphouse, Mark, editor. (2002). Composers on Composing for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 137–163.
- David Gillingham website
- McCutchen, Mathew G. (2009) An Examination of the History and Winning Pieces of the National Band Association's Composition Contest: 1977-2008. Florida State University, Doctoral Dissertation.
- Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 833.
- Mills, Alan W. "With Heart and Voice." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 735-743. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
- Riegel, Marcus L. (2008) An analytical and historical examination of six works for middle level wind band: Bells of freedom (grade 1) by David Gillingham, Rising star (grade 1) by Samuel R. Hazo, Achilles’ wrath (grade 2) by Sean O’Laughlin, Kenya contrasts (grade 2.5) by William Himes, On the wings of swallows (grade 3) by Michael Sweeney, and Old churches (grade 3) by Michael Colgrass. [Master's Thesis].
- White, Marc M. (2001) Percussion scoring and orchestration in the wind and percussion ensemble literature of Jared Spears and David Gillingham [Doctoral Dissertation].
- Whitman, David Robert. (2008) An examination of selected works for percussion; Concerto for marimba and wind ensemble by David Gillingham, XL plus one by Alvin Etler, March from eight pieces for four timpani by Elliott Carter, 42nd street rondo by Wayne Siegel, Oceanus by Steve Houghton and Wendell Yuponce [Master's Thesis].