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David Sharp Biography


David Sharp is the Instructor of Instrumental Music and Jazz at Indian Hills Community College  where he teaches a variety of music courses and directs and arranges music for the Indian Hills Jazz Band.  From 1989 through 1998, David was on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music where he taught courses in the jazz studies department including jazz history and directed various UNL Jazz Ensembles.  Mr. Sharp earned his Bachelors of Music degree in composition from the University of Miami (Florida) and holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


A member of the International Association for Jazz Education, Sharp is regularly a guest lecturer and clinician on various jazz topics including history and appreciation, composition, arranging, improvisation, and jazz saxophone styles.  He has been an adjudicator, clinician, and guest artist at several colleges, high schools, and at numerous jazz festivals throughout the Midwest.


As a free-lance saxophonist and woodwind specialist, David has traveled extensively throughout the United States.  He has been a member of the Bobby Layne Orchestra since 1986, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra since 1987, and was the music director of the Monday Night Big Band in Lincoln from 1988-1997.  In addition to performing with the Indian Hills Faculty Jazz Trio (with bassist Steve Charlson and drummer Dennis McPartland) and leading his own small jazz groups, David is a regular performer with regional dance orchestras, popular entertainers, and has performed in pit orchestras of numerous Broadway national touring shows.  He has also performed with several national and internationally renowned jazz and pop artists including the Woody Herman Orchestra, Mel Torme, Bobby Watson, Terance Blanchard, Rob McConnell, David Friesen, Victor Lewis, Marvin Stamm, Jay McShann, Alex Acuna, Dave Stryker, Lou Rawls, Rod Stewart, Shirley Jones, Bobby Vinton, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show. 


David Sharp is a prolific composer and arranger of jazz and big band music.  His works have been performed or recorded by professional and scholastic jazz groups throughout the world including Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, and the David Murray Big Band.  During the summer of 1997, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra featured his compositions and arrangements during performances in Paris; Heidelberg, Germany; and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  In the Fall of 2003, the Ottumwa (IA) Symphony premiered his "Three Nocturnes for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra".  David has also written and published two textbooks on jazz history.