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Dr. David N. Ware


Dr. David N. Ware is a music educator, jazz and classical musician, clinician, private trumpet instructor, and academic and performance coach with over twenty years of experience in secondary and higher education. Most recently, Dr. Ware served as interim department chair and graduate program coordinator at Jackson State University.  He taught Music Appreciation online, General Music History, and Jazz History as well as Applied Trumpet to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Ware was the Assistant Director of Bands where he was chief arranger for the Sonic Boom of the South and assisted with the Symphonic Band.  He currently directs the JSU Trumpet Ensemble

Dr. Ware holds the degrees of Doctor of Music from The Florida State University, a Master of Music Performance and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wyoming.

His research agenda includes problem-based learning in music education, music for trumpet ensemble and marching band, jazz improvisation, and blues education.  His multiple publications include articles in the Jazz Education Journal, the International Trumpet Guild Journal and the School Band and Orchestra Magazine. His five method books, Flexibility Studies for Brass Instruments, (Cimarron Music Press) are used with middle school, high school, and university band programs throughout the nation.  His book, Interviews with 16 Band Directors at Historically Black Colleges:  Their Attitudes, Opinions, and Methods (Mellen Press) has helped aspiring band directors across the nation to strengthen their own band programs.   His forthcoming book, King of the Chit’lin’ Circuit: The Life and Music of Bobby Rush, will join his recent work Music and You, a music appreciation e-book that was recently released.  Dr. Ware was also named a JSU Service Learning Fellow, a Global Inquiry Faculty Fellow, and an inaugural recipient of the One JSU Excellence Award in research.

Dr. Ware’s professional affiliations include the National Association of African American Studies, the Jazz Education Network, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music.