Clemmer Named Director of Bands at EKU

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Dr. David Clemmer has been named director of bands and assistant professor of music at Eastern Kentucky University.

He will conduct the EKU Wind Ensemble, oversee graduate wind studies, and coordinate the athletic bands program. 

Prior to his appointment at EKU, Clemmer served in residence at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Steven D. Davis.As a wind conductor at the conservatory, Clemmer conducted the Conservatory Wind Symphony, the Wind Ensemble, and the Graduate Chamber Players, taught undergraduate conducting, and coordinated ensemble performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as the national conference for the College Band Directors National Association. As an advocate for new music, he also worked in collaboration with world-renowned composers, including John Corigliano, Zhou Long, Jim Mobberley and Paul Rudy. 

Clemmer served as the associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at the University of Kansas from 2006 to 2011. In addition to conducting the Symphonic Band and teaching courses in music education, Clemmer oversaw all aspects of the KU athletic bands, including the Marching Jayhawks, the basketball bands, volleyball band, and various pep bands.

Groups under his direction represented KU at the national level in the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and the 2008 Insight Bowl.  The KU Symphonic Band was featured by invitation at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention, a first for the ensemble in more than two decades. Prior to his time at KU, Clemmer held similar positions at Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and as the associate director of bands at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas. During his tenure as a high school director, Clemmer’s concert ensembles received superior and best-in-class awards at state and national festivals; the marching band was selected to the Texas State Marching Contest; and the jazz program expanded to include two jazz ensembles, both consistently receiving top honors at regional and national festivals.

In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Clemmer served as the Brass Caption Manager of the Santa Clara (Calif.) Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and taught ensemble music as a member of the brass staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Ill. Through his teaching at the Cavaliers, Clemmer was a contributor to the instructional DVD entitled “The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field,” which has earned international acclaim. During his tenure from 2002 to 2009, the Cavaliers were awarded three Drum Corps International world champion titles and two Jim Ott Awards for Excellence in Brass Performance.

Clemmer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Music Business and Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Former teachers and mentors include Steven D. Davis, Joseph Parisi, Dr. William K. Wakefield, Brian Britt, David Bertman, Ray Lichentenwalter, and Dr. Rick Bogard and John J. Haynie. Professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Kansas and Texas Music Educators Associations, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Also, he is in high demand as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for band and orchestra programs throughout the United States.

Published on March 27, 2013