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James M. David


James M. David (b. 1978, Georgia) is professor of composition and music theory at Colorado State University. Dr. David graduated with honors from the University of Georgia and completed his doctorate in composition at Florida State University.

His works for wind ensemble have been performed by many prominent professional and university ensembles such as The U. S. Army Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Ohio State University, the University of North Texas, the World Youth Wind Symphony, the University of Alabama, and the University of Washington, among many others.

His music has been hailed as "deserving of inclusion in the standard repertoire" (American Record Guide) and "quietly mesmerizing with joyous melodies" (Downtown Music Guide NYC). Among the distinctions David has earned as a composer are an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, national first-place winner in the MTNA Young Artists Composition Competition, winner of the Dallas Wind Symphony International Fanfare Competition, and national first-place winner in the National Association of Composers (USA) Young Composers Competition. Commissions include projects for Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the Oasis Quartet, Robert Spring (Arizona State University), Blair Bollinger (Philadelphia Orchestra), The International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, and the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association.

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  • Grey, Alyssa. "Ghosts of the Old Year." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 944-956. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • James M. David website
  • Loyd, Sheridan Monroe. "An Introduction to Composer James M. David." NBA Journal, Summer, 2020, 25-35.