College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Mr. David Dunham

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Area: Music Education

Phone: 817-272-3471
Office Location: FA 366
Degree(s): M.M. Baylor University, B.M.E. The University of Texas Austin
Mentis Profile: Coming Soon

David Dunham is a retired Texas band director with 33 years of classroom teaching experience primarily at the middle school level. The last 19 years of his career were spent in Frisco ISD leading Clark MS and later Fowler MS until his retirement in May of 2019.

His ensembles in Frisco ISD have received top awards “Sweepstakes” Award for the last 17 consecutive years and is a 4 time TMEA Honor Band State Finalist. In 2013,  the Fowler MS Symphony won the Texas Music Educators Association Middle School Honor Full Orchestra, and in 2015 Fowler MS was the only Middle School Percussion Ensemble in the nation invited to perform and Percussive Arts Society Internal Conference (PASIC). Recently, the Fowler MS Symphonic Band was selected as the Outstanding Middle School Band and Outstanding Middle School Brass for the 2019 Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational Windband Festival.

The Jazz program at Fowler MS is one of the the largest in the nation with three competing jazz bands and a 4th jazz band, the 55 member Beginning Jazz Band that starts rehearsing weekly each Spring. The Jazz Band at Fowler was the first ever national winner of the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors in 2010. In 2018 the Fowler MS Jazz Band 1 won first ever State Champion in the state of Texas and performed in San Antonio as the first ever Invited Middle School Jazz Band in history of The Texas Music Educators Association.

There are dozens of former students who achieved Texas All-State Band and Jazz Band, and dozens of former students teaching and/or performing in colleges and conservatories across the country, including three from the Eastman Conservatory of Music in New York, and a former student who has won a Grammy Award.

In addition to teaching High Brass Methods at UTA, Mr. Dunham is an active band consultant, clinician, conductor, mentor, band recruiting specialist, national adjudicator, and a frequent contributor to The Instrumentalist national band and orchestra magazine,

He is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, received his masters degree in music education from Baylor University, and has pursued classes towards a doctorate at the University of North Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, the American Band Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and an active member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association,

Originally from Austin, Texas Mr. Dunham has two grown sons and resides in an “empty nest” with his wife of 30 years Dr. Jocelyn Dunham in Flower Mound, Texas (a suburb of Dallas).