Dr. Dave Porter
Tuba; Instrumental Pedagogy
- Instrumental Pedagogy
- B.S., Tennessee Technological University
- M.M., University of New Mexico
- D.M.A, George Mason University
William Davidson (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, Tower Brass Quintet, and several other chamber ensembles.
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), an M.M. in Tuba Performance from the University of New Mexico under Dr. Karl Hinterbichler (1982) and a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance at George Mason University (GMU) under Dr. Michael Nickens (2017). 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 New Mexico Brass Quintet and The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and substituted 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 (2010-2015), with eurobrass (2013-present), with Camerata Brass Quintet, The King’s Street Brass Quintet, The McLean Orchestra Brass Quintet, The National Brass Quintet and many other chamber and orchestra ensembles throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
His very active teaching career of over 40 years includes collegiate classes and applied teaching, college clinics, high school band camps, sectionals and clinics, middle school and elementary sectionals and clinics. He currently teaches 35 tuba and euphonium students weekly from five different schools in Fairfax County, VA and has had students gain scholarships at over 16 different major universities. He is also on staff at GMU as adjunct Class Brass, Applied Tuba Instructor and Director of the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble as well as on staff for “The Green Machine”, the 280-member athletic music ensemble at GMU. David has taken the GMU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble on five trips to perform twice at the 2015 and 2017 Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, Ithaca, NY, once at the 2016 United States Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Conference, Ft. Myer, VA, then to the 2016 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, Knoxville, TN and last year to the 2018 Mid Atlantic Tuba Euphonium Conference in Greensboro, NC. During the summers, David is on the faculty at the MasterWorks Festival, a Christian performing artist camp at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.
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 and sound engineer at Fairlington UMC and exercising. David is married to wife, Judy, and they are parents to children Sandra (married to husband Greg with son Micah) and Bill (married to wife Emily with daughter Anna).