David Whitman is music faculty at San Diego State University, and holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Kansas State University, and a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to teaching at SDSU, he also holds the positions of Adjunct Percussion Faculty at San Diego Christian College and Arts Department Chair for Guajome Schools.
Prior to joining the faculty at SDSU, Dr. Whitman taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Kansas State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. At Kansas State he assisted in conducting the KSU Percussion Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble, teaching courses in percussion methods and applied percussion, and acting as percussion instructor and arranger for the Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band. While at Southern Miss he instructed the Pride Drum Line, percussion methods, applied percussion, and assisted in directing basketball pep bands. At the University of Wisconsin-Stout he served as Jazz Band Director.
Trained as a well-rounded orchestral percussionist in school, as a jazzman in the streets, and as an artist under the tutelage of the late Joe Morello and avant-garde chieftain Dave King, Dr. Whitman is an active performer and has toured, performed, or recorded with a long list of groups and individuals both home and abroad that includes Geoff Keezer, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Five By Design, Wycliffe Gordon, Robyn Spangler, Nestor Torres, Charlie Davis, Ingrid Jensen, Dick Oatts, David Berkman, Fred Mills, Andy Martin, Francisco Torres, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and many, many others. He is the principal percussionist with the San Diego City Ballet Orchestra. Recently he has completed a performance tour and teaching residency in Japan, and is a member of the International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences and an adjudicator for the European-based ENKOR competitions.
Dr. Whitman has authored articles for Percussive Notes, the scholarly journal of the Percussive Arts Society, and his arrangements and compositions are published by Gary Gilroy Publications and Really Good Music. He has received special recognition for outstanding contribution to the Kansas State University Symphony Band and Marching Band, and is a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Music Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lambda, Golden Key International Honor Society, and The National Scholars Honor Society. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, as well as a past member of the International Association for Jazz Education and Kansas Band Master’s Association.