David Wolf is an educator and free-lance percussionist based in Northern Virginia who specializes in contemporary concert and marching percussion. Currently, he keeps an active teaching schedule as the Percussion Director for Madison High School and Thoreau Middle School in Vienna, VA and McLean High School and Longfellow Middle School in McLean, VA. Under his direction, several of his middle school and high school percussion ensembles have performed at the 2011 and 2015 Music For All National Percussion Festival and at multiple Virginia Music Educators Association Conferences, as well as participated in various percussion festivals in Virginia and Ohio. Since 2014, he has also served as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus. He previously held a one-semester appointment as the Interim Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Wolf has taught privately and in conjunction with multiple public school and college programs in Massachusetts, Texas, Oklahoma, and Ohio. He has taught on the marching percussion staffs of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, the University of Oklahoma Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps, and several high school marching band and indoor drumline programs.
As a performer, Dr. Wolf has enjoyed a variety of performance settings. He is currently a core member and principal percussionist of Great Noise Ensemble, the new music ensemble-in-residence at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. He has appeared as a soloist with the Capital Wind Symphony, Louisiana Tech University Percussion Ensemble, Northeastern University Concert Band, The Ohio State University Percussion Ensemble, and the McLean High School Symphonic Band. He has performed at the 2011 Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, 2005 & 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, 2005 Midwest Convention, and several regional music festivals and conferences. In 2005, he placed second at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Solo Competition (multi-percussion and tape) after being selected as a one of four finalists from an international pool of applications. Dr. Wolf has had the pleasure of performing with international percussion artists, such as Nebojsa Zivkovic, Linda Maxey, Susan Powell, Michael Burritt, Russell Hartenberger, John Beck, and Eduardo Leandro.
Dr. Wolf holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University where he was a University Fellow and Graduate Teaching Associate. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His teachers include Dr. Susan Powell, Joe Krygier, Dr. Lance Drege, Eduardo Leandro, Thom Hannum, and Dr. Peter Tanner.
Dr. Wolf is an educational endorser for Remo Drumheads & Percussion and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets. He holds memberships in the Percussive Arts Society, College Music Society, and NAfME.
Downloadable CV available here.