David Starnes 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 time 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) and at the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2014). 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.
Mr. Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national, and international organizations including Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International, where he served as an adjudicator from 1994-2012. He currently serves as a member of the 2013 DCI World Champion, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, where he serves as a music and design consultant. Mr. Starnes is a member of the Yamaha Educational Artist program as well as an educational artist for Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads. In addition to his position at Western Carolina University, he serves as an Education Consultant at Music For All in Indianapolis, Indiana. While serving this role, he was appointed the program director for The Honor Band of America, who appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California (2005, 2009, and 2013).
As a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mr. Starnes graduated magna cum laude from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He is married to Rhea Jeanne Starnes, an architect, and has a nineteen year-old daughter, Hannah, who attends the University of Tennessee, majoring in Interior Design.