Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Bands
office: E-121 (Winston Complex – TDECU Stadium)
office phone: (713)743-9739
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
David Clemmer is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Houston. In this capacity, Dr. Clemmer conducts the U of H Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Chamber Winds, teaches graduate and undergraduate instrumental conducting, and oversees the athletic bands program and the Spirit of Houston.
An advocate of large ensemble music in education and as an artistic medium, Clemmer has been involved as a clinician, educator and adjudicator with programs across the US and in Europe. Most recently, Clemmer presented a series of lectures and masterclasses at the Yamaha Band Conference in Schlitz, Germany and will return in 2017 as a featured clinician and conductor for the conference. Clemmer has also presented at the Texas Bandmasters Association as well as the Kansas, Iowa, and Kentucky Music Educator’s Association conferences. As an artist Clemmer has shared in performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at their summer residence (Tanglewood), the Boston Pops, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, as well as regional and national conferences of the College Band Director’s National Association. As a champion of music for the wind ensemble medium, Clemmer is active in the commissioning of new works and recent collaborations have produced compositions by famed composers Joseph Schwantner, Dana Wilson, David Maslanka, and 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in music, Zhou Long. Additional collaboration includes work with artistic leaders including composers John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, the contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and renowned wind conductor H. Robert Reynolds.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Houston, Dr. Clemmer served as the Director of Bands at Eastern Kentucky University Bands and as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas. The EKU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and KU Symphonic Band were both featured by invitation at the Kentucky and Kansas Music Educator’s Association conventions, and athletic groups under his direction performed at the national level in the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and the 2008 Insight Bowl. Clemmer held similar teaching positions at Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at Arlington, and also served as the Associate Director of Bands at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas. During his tenure as a high school music educator, Dr. Clemmer’s concert ensembles received superior and best in class awards at state and national festivals, the marching band was selected to the Texas State Marching Contest, and the jazz program expanded to include two jazz ensembles, both consistently receiving top honors at regional and national festivals.
In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Dr. Clemmer has served as the Brass Caption Head for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and as an ensemble music instructor for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Through his teaching at the Cavaliers, Clemmer was a contributor to the instructional DVD entitled, The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field, which has been met with international acclaim. During his tenure from 2001-2009, the Cavaliers were also awarded four Drum Corps International world champion titles and two Jim Ott Awards for "Excellence in Brass Performance."
Clemmer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Music Business and Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Former teachers and mentors include Steven D. Davis, Joseph Parisi, William K. Wakefield, Brian Britt, David Bertman, Ray Lichentenwalter, Tom Bennett, John J. Haynie, and Rick Bogard. Professional affiliations include the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Kentucky and Texas Music Educators Associations, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.
Dr. Clemmer is in demand as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for band and orchestra programs throughout the United States and Europe.