School of Music

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Dr. David Turnbull

Office: Kimbrough 465
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-4243
FAX: (509) 335-4245

Dr. David Turnbull

Associate Professor of Music

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Dr. David Turnbull is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Brass and Percussion in the School of Music at Washington State University. He is active as a classical and jazz soloist, plays trumpet with the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet & WSU Brass Trio, and performs with Jazz Northwest (the WSU Faculty Jazz Combo). He is cofounder of Cameradschaft, a multidimensional trumpet and percussion duo (Dave Jarvis, percussion) that performs music from Baroque to contemporary jazz and incorporates multicultural instruments such as the Australian Didjeridu and conch shells. Turnbull is also cofounder of En Chamade, a trumpet organ duo (Jill Schneider, organ) that performs all over the Northwest.


Recently, David joined the Fountain City Brass Band as a cornet player. The Fountain City Brass Band, founded in 2002, is based in Kansas City and draws its membership from around the United States. Since their first competition in 2004, the Fountain City Brass Band has won six U.S. Open Brass Band Championships and four North American Brass Band Championships. In November of 2009, the band became the first American band ever and the first non-UK band in over fifty years, to win a major brass band competition on UK soil at the Scottish Open Brass Band Champion ships.


Turnbull holds the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Solo Performance from Arizona State University. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Solo Performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. He is a graduate of the Cooperative Urban Teacher Education Program at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri.


Turnbull is active all over the Northwest as an adjudicator for marching band, concert band and jazz festivals, and he is active as a guest conductor for numerous honor bands. His students are competing in and winning local, national and international competitions. In 1997, Tom Barber won the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Jazz Improvisation Competition in Göteborg, Sweden. In 2001, Gwen Tarr placed third (as a freshman) at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Brass Competition in Washington DC. In 2002, Matt Reid placed second in the ITG Jazz Competition in Manchester, England and won an International Student Music Award from Downbeat Magazine in 2006.


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