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David Whitman

Lecturer, Percussion Methods

David Whitman

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DMA, University of Southern Mississippi
MM, Kansas State University
BA, University of Wisconsin


Dr. Whitman is a native San Diegan raised in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Kansas State University, and D.M.A. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has directed big band jazz ensembles at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, as well as Latin Jazz Ensemble at Kansas State University, where he also assisted in conducting the KSU Percussion Ensemble, teaching Percussion Methods and Applied Percussion, and acting as percussion instructor and arranger for the Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band. At Southern Miss he instructed the Pride Drum Line, percussion methods, applied percussion, and assisted in directing basketball pep bands. In addition to teaching jazz vibes at SDSU, Dr. Whitman also serves as lecturer in percussion methods at SDSU, Adjunct Percussion Faculty at San Diego Christian College, and arts faculty at Guajome Park Academy.


Dr. Whitman is an active jazz performer and has toured with groups including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the acclaimed vocal quintet Five By Design. While at Eau Claire his recorded contributions helped the Downbeat Award winning big band garner a GRAMMY nomination. As a jazzman, he has performed with Wycliffe Gordon, Robyn Spangler, Nestor Torres, Charlie Davis, Ingrid Jensen, Dick Oatts, David Berkman, Ugonna Okegwo, Bernie Dresel, Fred Mills, Larry Panella, Bob Baca, and Andy Martin among many others. Trained as a well-rounded percussionist and a student of both drum legend Joe Morello and avant-garde chieftain David King, he has also performed as timpanist with the Chippewa Valley Chamber Orchestra, percussionist with the Chippewa Valley and Meridian Symphony Orchestras, and was featured in the Mabel Tainter Theater’s Rising Young Artist Series. Recent activities include a mixed jazz and classical performance tour of Japan and teaching residency at Kyushu Lutheran College.


Dr. Whitman has been a contributing author to Percussive Notes, the scholarly journal of the Percussive Arts Society. He has received special recognition for outstanding contribution to the Kansas State University Symphony Band and Marching Band, and is a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Music Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lambda, Golden Key International Honor Society, and The National Scholars Honor Society. As a jazz musician he has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic twice and has adjudicated for the GRAMMY high school big band. In addition to teaching jazz vibes at SDSU, Dr. Whitman also serves as lecturer in percussion methods.