David Constantine, a native Oregonian, is currently a percussionist with a prominent United States military ensemble. His prior positions include: Percussionist & Assistant Principal Timpanist of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Principal Timpanist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Principal Timpanist of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and was Percussionist with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Eugene and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras.
In addition to his orchestral playing, Mr. Constantine is a prolific solo and chamber percussionist. He has been awarded top prizes in international competitions both in the United States and Western Europe. As a solo timpanist, he has premiered works by Heinz Holliger and Gilles Schuehmacher. As a chamber performer he has taken part in the premiere performances of David Crumb's "Hearing Bells" and David Johnson's "The Oregon Variations", both in 2005. Mr. Constantine can be heard with the Oregon Percussion Ensemble in a performance of Meyer Kupferman's "Percussion Symphony" on Soundspells Records.
As an educator, Mr. Constantine is the Caption Head of marching percussion at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Most recently, David served on the faculty of the 2011 Ithaca Summer Music Academy. He was previously an Associate Instructor of Percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. He regularly teaches percussion camps, master classes, and is in high demand as a clinician at public schools and universities nationwide.
Mr. Constantine holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance, with honors, from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Charles Dowd. While at the University of Oregon, he was the drummer of the elite Green Garter Band, an audition only, full-tuition scholarship band who performed nationwide. He is currently in ABD status for the Doctor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where his primary teachers include John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro and retired Indiana University professors Anthony Cirone and Gerald Carlyss.
David is proud to be a performing artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Evans, Sabian and Yamaha.