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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

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

Associate Director, Professor, Trumpet, Area Coordinator of Brass and Percussion

Dr. David Turnbull, professor of music, coordinates the Brass and Percussion Area in the School of Music at Washington State University. He plays trumpet with the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet and performs with Jazz Northwest (the WSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble). He cofound 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 also cofounded En Chamade, a trumpet organ duo (Jill Schneider, organ) that performs all over the Northwest.

Recently, Dr. Turnbull joined the Fountain City Brass Band as a cornet player. The Fountain City Brass Band, founded in 2002 (based in Kansas City) draws its membership from around the United States. Since their first competition in 2004, the Fountain City Brass Band has won seven U.S. Open Brass Band Championships and six North American Brass Band Championships. In November 2009, the band became the first American band ever, and the first non-UK band in more than 50 years, to win a major brass band competition on UK soil at the Scottish Open Brass Band Champion ships.

Turnbull holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Solo Performance from Arizona State University. He 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 also graduated from the Cooperative Urban Teacher Education Program at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri.

Turnbull adjudicates throughout the Northwest for marching band competitions and concert band and jazz festivals, and he guest conducts numerous honor bands. His students compete in and win local, national and international competitions. They include, Tom Barber, who won the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Jazz Improvisation Competition in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1997; Gwen Tarr, who placed third (as a freshman) at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Brass Competition in Washington, D.C., in 2001; and Matt Reid, who placed second in the ITG Jazz Competition in Manchester, England, in 2002, and an International Student Music Award from Downbeat Magazine in 2006.


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