Brand New DVD: Dynamic Symphonic Band is a brand new series of instructional DVDs specifically created to provide innovative ideas to symphonic band and concert band directors at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels! This series of is written by nationally-recognized teachers and professionally filmed and produced. The first DVD, “Colors of Sound”, features instruction by David Starnes on his “SENSE-able” approach to improving student achievement in sound production and quality.
2. A “Sense”able Approach to Music
3. Seeing the Color of Sound
4. Hearing the Temperature of Sound
5. Manipulating the Sound
6. Mixing the Ensemble from the Podium
7. Bi-Products of the System
8. Practical Application of the System through Music
9. Applying the System in Sectional/Chamber Settings
10. Wenger – Proper Music Posture
David Starnes directs the Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band and the Symphonic Band. 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. Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Mr. Starnes was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served for eleven years.
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 (where he is a member of the Advisory Board), Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International, where he served as an adjudicator and Percussion Caption Head from 1998-2002. He was the Program Coordinator for Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003-2007 during which time they were four-time world-class finalists.
Mr. Starnes is a member of the Yamaha Educational Artist program and an educational artist for Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads. He also serves as an Education Consultant at Music For All in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was appointed program director for the Honor Band of America, which appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005 and 2009.