B i o g r a p h y
Dr. David Hunsicker has had a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician and educator.
David is currently principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony and the Lancaster Festival Orchestras and has been a member of the Flint, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, as well as associate principal trumpet of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. David 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, David has performed numerous recitals and concerts including performances of Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn 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 and with the Sonoran Brass Quintet. David can be heard performing with the Sonoran Brass Quintet on the recording Dry Heat.
In addition to classical performances, David has been an active performer of commercial music and jazz. In addition to playing in jazz bands while in school and with jazz groups in several states, David has performed many musicals, including Hello Dolly, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Miss Saigon, and The King and I.
David has maintained an active teaching studio since 1996. David 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.
David 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, David completed extensive research on the subject of orchestral auditions for trumpet. His principal teachers include: David Hickman, Charles Daval, Bernard Adelstein, and Irving Sarin. He is an Endorsing Artist for Bach trumpets and is the inventor of the Gapper®, a patented device for the third valve slide on the trumpet.