Faculty & Staff

Dave Porter

Tuba | Class Brass

Adjunct Faculty

  • Tuba
  • Class Brass

Education

  • B.S., Tennessee Technological University
  • M.M., University of New Mexico

 

William D. (David) Porter is a retired CMSgt from The United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C. During his 24 year career there, he played tuba with The Concert Band, The Ceremonial Brass and The Symphony Orchestra. He also made appearances with The Airmen of Note, The Singing Sergeants and various chamber groups such as The Dixieland Band and several brass quintets.Having grown up in Tennessee, David graduated from Alcoa High School in 1976 under the tutelage of Roy Holder. David has a B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University under Professor R. Winston Morris (1980), a M.M. in Tuba Performance from the University of New Mexico under Dr. Karl Hinterbichler (1982) and is currently working on his D.M.A. in Tuba Performance at George Mason University (GMU) under Dr. Michael Nickens. His other teachers have been Mr. David Fedderly, Principal Tuba, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the late Dr. Milton Stevens, Principal Trombone, National Symphony Orchestra and currently Mr. Gene Pokorny, Principal Tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.Besides the USAF Band, David has performed as Principal Tuba with the The New Mexico Brass Quintet and The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and substitute with The Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Principal Tuba with The McLean Orchestra. His other performing experiences include many solo appearances with the USAF Concert Band and Chamber Series, touring with Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass (2010-2014), with Eurobrass (2013-2015), with Camerata Brass Quintet and The McLean Orchestra Brass Quintet (current) and many other chamber and orchestra ensembles throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan area.His very active teaching career of over 30 years includes college clinics, high school band camps, sectionals and clinics, middle school and elementary sectionals and clinics. He currently teaches 30 tuba and euphonium students weekly from five different schools in Fairfax County, VA and has had students gain scholarships at over 12 different major universities. He is also on staff as adjunct Class Brass and Applied Tuba Instructor at GMU as well as the Graduate Assistant for “The Green Machine”, the 180 member athletic music ensemble at GMU. During the summers, David is on faculty at the MasterWorks Festival, a Christian performing artist camp in Winona Lake, IN.David’s professional memberships include the International Tuba Euphonium Association, American Federation of Musicians, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha, National Honor Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. His other interests include volunteering as a youth counselor at Fairlington UMC and exercising. David is married to wife, Judy, and they are parents to children Sandra (married to husband Greg) and Bill (married to wife Emily).
Contact Prof. Porter:   wporter@gmu.edu