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David Hunsicker has a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He is currently the trumpet professor at Wichita State University.
Dr. Hunsicker is currently principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony and the Lancaster Festival Orchestras. He has been a member of the Flint, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, and has served as associate principal trumpet of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and principal trumpet of the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has also performed extensively with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and the Sarasota Opera.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Hunsicker has performed numerous recitals and concerts including performances of Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings with the Wichita Symphony; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra; several concerts with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings; as a founding member of the Great Lakes Brass Quintet; with the Sonoran Brass Quintet; and currently with the Wichita Brass Quintet. He can be heard performing with the Sonoran Brass Quintet on the recording Dry Heat and with WSU colleagues on Fireworks, a recording of works by composer Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn. Dr. Hunsicker is an Endorsing Artist for Bach trumpets.
Dr. Hunsicker is also an active performer of commercial music and jazz. In addition to playing with jazz groups in several states, he has performed in many musicals, including Hello, Dolly!, 42nd Street, Chicago, Wicked, South Pacific, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, and Billy Elliot.
Dr. Hunsicker has maintained an active teaching studio since 1996. He served as a graduate assistant in trumpet while pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Arizona State University, also teaching at the Herberger College for Kids and Tempe Preparatory Academy. More recently, he was Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and trumpet instructor for the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Hunsicker holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan. While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Solo Performance from Arizona State University, he conducted extensive research on the subject of orchestral auditions for trumpet. His principal teachers include: David Hickman, Charles Daval, Bernard Adelstein, and Irving Sarin.