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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

David Jarvis

Emeritus Professor of Music

Retired Coordinator of Percussion Studies
Yamaha Artist/Educator and Composer

Professor David Jarvis was the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Washington State University for 33 years beginning in 1987. He has performed internationally in both classical and jazz arenas and during his tenure at WSU he was a member of Jazz Northwest (The WSU Faculty Jazz Group) and co-­member of the trumpet/percussion duo, Cameradschaft. He served as principal timpanist with the Washington-­Idaho Symphony for over 20 years and principal percussionist for the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra for 15 years. He was the co-founder/leader of the popular jazz group, the Dozier-­Jarvis Trio and specialized in solo literature written for percussion and electronic sound performing concerts all around the country. In his final year of teaching in 2020, he was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Career Achievement Award.

Mr. Jarvis continues to travel around the country giving workshops and clinics in jazz and classical performance and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and an artist/clinician/educator for the Yamaha Corporation. His compositions have been performed all over the world which are published by Southern Music Company, Honeyrock Publishing Company, C. Alan Publications and Activist Music (distributed by Hal Leonard). In addition to his percussion duties at WSU, Professor Jarvis designed and taught the History and Social Analysis of Rock Music.