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David Starnes

David Starnes

Assistant Professor

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Music

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2259
Office: 274 Coulter Building


<b>Mr. David Starnes<i> </i></b>joined the School of Music faculty at Western Carolina University in the spring of 2011, when he was named Assistant Professor in The School of Music and appointed the Director of Athletic Bands. During his tenure at Western Carolina University, The “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band has performed as halftime entertainment for the Carolina Panthers (2011), the exhibition band at The Bands of America Southeast Regional in Atlanta, Georgia (2011), the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana (2012, 2015) and the 88<sup>th</sup> and 93<sup>rd</sup> annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City (2014 and 2019). In 2017, he was awarded the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts Service Award. In 2013, he was selected by the WCU School of Music faculty and students as the recipient of the James E. Dooley “Excellence in Music Teaching” Award.<br><br>Mr. Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, and creative designer.In addition to his position at Western Carolina University, he serves as an Education Consultant at Music for All in Indianapolis, Indiana. While fulfilling this role, he serves as the program director for The Honor Band of America, who appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017, and will again in 2021. Mr. Starnes was recently inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019.


  • BSED, University of Tennessee Knoxville
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