David Umstead

Director of Bands

MM, Trumpet Performance, University of Louisville
BA, Music Education, University of Massachusetts- Amherst
Honor Graduate, U.S. Armed Forces School of Music, Virginia Beach, VA

Office: Silver Center for the Arts 322
Fall 2019 Office hours: M 9:30am-11:30am; T/R 3:30-4:30pm; W 9:30-10:30am
Email: dumstead1@plymouth.edu

Prior to joining the full-time faculty, Dave was an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State and Southern New Hampshire University. He has over twenty years of K-12 experience in the New Hampshire public schools and has worked at multiple summer music programs including Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops in Kentucky.

Umstead is the founder and coodinator of the Southern New Hampshire Concert Band Festival and the New Hampshire Band Directors Association Jazz Clinic. A long-standing board member for NHBDA, Umstead recently assumed the position of President-Elect. Dave received the 2018 NHBDA “Outstanding Band Director” award and has acted as an adjudicator and clinician/festival conductor for NHBDA, NHMEA and MMEA. As a guest conductor/performer, he has visited numerous schools throughout New England, Kentucky, Indiana and California.

Umstead is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Louisville in Kentucky with additional musical studies at the University of Hartford, Berklee College of Music and Lincoln Center. Dave counts Danny Nolan, David Bresnahan, Gary Corcoran, Claude Gordon, Walter Chesnut, Michael Tunnell and John LaBarbera as his most influential teachers. His trumpet performance history includes large and small ensembles of all types, including work with acclaimed musicians at notable venues across the country. As a writer, Umstead’s pieces have been performed by school ensembles and professional musicians. Recently, Dave assembled a professional big band for engagements in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in which the program exclusively contained Umstead’s compositions and arrangements.