David Zerkel is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Previously, he taught in a similar position at Illinois State University. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations.
David has performed with many orchestras, to include the Philadelphia, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestras. He is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, was a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass and has performed with the Burning River Brass. He began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, located in Washington, D.C.
David has performed as a featured soloist at workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Conference. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. His first solo CD, American Music for Tuba: Something Old, Something New, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural ITEA Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording at the 2006 ITEC. His newest CD, Tuba Helper, was a Bobo finalist at the 2008 ITEC.
David is currently President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.