Woodwind performing artist and educator in the Greater Milwaukee area.

David graduated with a BFA in Multiple Woodwind Performance from UW-Milwaukee in 2005. His past instructors include Curt Hanrahan, Jay Mason, Bill Helmers, Jeani Foster, and Beth Giacobassi. Currently, David teaches woodwinds at Hartland Music.  He has served as a clinician/coach at many Greater Milwaukee area schools.  As a performer, David’s talents have taken him around the states and around the world.  Other highlights of his musical career include performing with Grammy recipients Dianne Shuur and Arturo O’Farrill, Bobby Caldwell, Cheap Trick, Jon Faddis, and David Bixler.  David currently performs with local bands A Wall of Sound, the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, and Gary Christensen’s All-Star SUPERband.  

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Piccolo tips from the Pros


I asked these highly accomplished musicians if they could spare a moment to give me some tips that I could write about and pass along to anyone else attempting to master the piccolo.  Some of these players may have taken up the picc later in a doubling career, like myself.  Others are flute and piccolo specialist, whom occupy positions in major orchestras in the US. 

Here are their responses, in no particular order.  I told them to feel free to be brief, as I know they are all busy professionals.