David Mitchell Mruzek (b. 3 May 1961, Trenton, Mich.) is an American composer, conductor and educator.
Dr. Mruzek earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Toledo and Master of Arts and doctorate in music history degrees from the Ohio State University. For his doctoral dissertation on The Warriors of Percy Grainger, Mruzek was awarded the Grainger Medallion from the International Percy Grainger Society.
Mruzek was a member of the 122nd Army Band of the Ohio National Guard, where he was principal clarinetist and librarian. He began his teaching career as director of music at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo. He also taught at Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, Colby Community College, and since 2006 has served as associate professor and director of instrumental music at Hanover (Indiana) College.
Mruzek is also a composer of original works for concert band, with more than 30 works to his credit. In 2009, his method book Contemporary Rhythm Drills for Band and Orchestra was published Kjos Music. His compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the United States Military Academy Band, the Indiana Wind Symphony, the Angelo State University Symphonic Band and the Ohio State University Concert Band. Three of his works are published, including Early One Morning March, Boy Scout Centennial and Apollo Anniversary.
Actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America, in July 2005 and 2010, Mruzek served as the assistant band director for the National Boy Scout Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. He has written four band compositions to honor the Boys Scouts: Boy Scout Centennial, Order of the Arrow, The Eagle Scouter and Camp Louis Ernst.
Works for Winds
- Alumni Foundation
- The American West (2014)
- Apollo Anniversary (2009)
- Boy Scout Centennial2008)
- Camp Louis Ernst
- Collegiate Anniversary
- Contemporary Rhythm Drills for Band and Orchestra (2009)
- Derby Days
- The Eagle Scouter
- Early One Morning March (2006)
- Emmanuel Variations
- The Floral City
- Golden Service
- Kansas Bandmaster’s Association March
- Lady Liberty
- The Ohioland March
- Ohio River Valley
- 122nd Army Band March
- Onward and Upward
- Order of the Arrow
- Passing the Baton” March
- Presidential Library
- Rocket Power March
- Round-Up March
- Sound the Call
- The Traveler
- University of Minnesota
- University of Northern Colorado March
- Variations on a Welsh Folk Melody
- Wichita County High School March
- "David Mruzek." Hanover College. Web. Accessed 19 January 2018
- David Mruzek, personal correspondence, January and June 2018
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "David Mruzek." Accessed 19 January 2018