Professor of Composition
David Gillingham earned Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory/Composition from
Michigan State University.
Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for
band and percussion. Many of these works
are now considered standards in the repertoire.
His commissioning schedule dates well into the first decade of the twenty-first
century. His numerous awards include the
1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind
Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham
Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Klavier, Sony and Summit Records have
recorded Dr. Gillingham’s works. His
works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the
Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The
University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan
State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of
Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Ensemble, University of Florida
(Miami) Wind Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State
Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind
Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble. Also, nationally known artists, Fred Mills
(Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago
Symphony Orchestra) have performed works by Dr. Gillingham. Over one hundred of his works for band,
choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C.
Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn.
Dr. Gillingham is a professor of
music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of an Excellence in
Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991), and a Research
Professorship (1995). He is a member
of ASCAP and the recipient of the annual ASCAP Standard Award for Composers
of Concert Music since 1996.
Phone: (989) 774-1961
Room: MU 268
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