David Irving holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a concentration in percussion from Towson University. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in percussion performance at the University of New Mexico under the tutelage of Scott Ney. Previously a public elementary school instrumental music teacher, Irving remains interested in teaching, learning, and exposing himself, his peers, and his students to music and percussion. He has played in and directed numerous ensembles throughout his career as a musician and has lead masterclasses and clinics in and around the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas.
In addition to serving as a percussionist for the inaugural season of the National Music Festival, Irving has performed with the Category 5 Wind Ensemble, the Prince George’s Philharmonic Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus Orchestra, and served as the Principal Percussionist for the Howard County Ballet Orchestra. Other performance appointments have included the Principal Percussionist of the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, guest performer with New Music New Mexico and the UNM Health-Sciences Orchestra, and Principal Percussionist for Towson University’s Symphonic Band, Music for the Stage Pit Orchestra, China Band, and Symphony Orchestra. Irving has also appeared with the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest, PLAY! Conservatory, and Musical Theatre Southwest. He has shared the stage with prestigious ensembles such as the United States Navy Band, the Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Airmen of Note. Irving has played at venues such as the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Popejoy Concert Hall, Strathmore Concert Hall, the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. with Keith Urban and the Towson University drum line, the streets of New York City in the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Oriole’s Baseball Park at Camden Yards, and other venues both domestic and abroad.
Irving has years of teaching experience in the classroom, privately, and on the marching band field. The Rockville High School Marching Band, in Rockville, MD, earned a second place ranking nationally under Irving’s instruction as an assistant director and percussion instructor. He taught instrumental music for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland where the concerts put on by his students were described as “exciting” and “innovative.” In January of 2012, he and two of his colleagues traveled to Awoshie, Ghana to launch a brand new music program at the City of Angels Montessori School. During their three week stay in Awoshie, Irving and his two colleagues taught their students basic music theory, percussion, clarinet, cello, violin, flute, piano, vocals, and guitar. At the concert, which took place at the end of the three week period, the students were able to perform music in small and large ensembles.
As a composer, he has written music for soloists, chamber ensembles, and large ensembles. Recent arrangements for front ensembles and drum lines include an arrangement of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” for the Baltimore Ravens’ Marching Band and the “Glee” Journey Medley for Towson University’s 2010 Marching Band.
Irving’s primary teachers include Mr. Barry Dove, Mr. Mark Craig, Dr. Patrick Roulet, Mr. Frank Russo, Dr. Michelle Humphreys, and Mr. Scott Ney. He has received coaching from Christopher Williams, Joe Tompkins, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya, Michael Spiro, Svetoslav Stoyanov, Anthony Ames, Valerie Naranjo, She-e Wu, Dr. Jonathan Leshnoff, and Dr. Peter Gilbert.