My name is David A. Parsons. I am a Marching Arts
Design and Instructional Specialist with a focus on
Small to Mid-sized competitive performance programs
and this is my Visual Design website.
I became drawn to this activity way before directly
participating in it. I can remember watching my
brother, who is 2 years older than I, rehearsing in
the local high school marching band. Though the
shows were much simpler then, I was always
fascinated by how the marching band director was
able to add visuals and change drill to pretty
much on the fly making the music come to life
through the movement of the band itself.
After 2 years of watching, I finally had my chance
to perform in that same group, and with somewhat
already knowing how things worked and what could be,
there was no way I wasn't going to get the most out
of this opportunity.
After my first year of marching band as a Sophomore,
I proceeded into my first year of concert season.
After auditions, I was thrown into sitting first
chair Tubist in the highly regarded Symphonic Band;
a position I held throughout my high school career.
As a Junior. I was asked to be a student conductor
in several ensembles including the top mixed Vocal
Group and the top Woodwind Ensemble. Having proven
myself with these groups as a good musician and
conductor, I was given the highest honor my Senior
year to be the Drum Major of the marching band which
I had grown up admiring. My high school music career
was then topped off by earning the John Philip Sousa
Before going off to college, my high school marching
band director asked me to come work with the
marching band. I guess it's important to note that
when I was Drum Major, that role was treated as if
we were truly marching techs so I had some knowledge
of instruction. But actually being hired immediately
after graduating was never a role permitted of such
a new graduate. In any case, this is pretty much
where my professional marching band career began.
Over the past 31 years I have had the opportunity to
work with many people including Roger Sampson and
Dr. Jon R. Dugle while in school at Danville High
School. While there I also had the honor of being
given instruction and direction by other great
educators like Dr. Robert Stiehl, Frank Lestina,
Joan Long, Ray Cramer, James Curnow, and Dr. Harry
Begian. As Principle Tubist at Western Illinois
University I also had the honor of working under and
with very influential people in this activity
including Adam Brennan, David Fodor, Linda Hannum,
Roland Vamos, Roger Collins, Fisher Tull, Alfred
Reed, and Dale F. Hopper.
More recently, I have had the opportunity to work
with and learn from many band directors and
instructors. Some of which include Lisa Preston,
Brian Mason, John Emerson, Keith Clupper, Michael
Foxworth, Steve Humphries, A.J. Pace, Mike Grimes,
Dennis Laorenza, Susan Bocook, and Joshua Hinkel.
Most recent Visual and Design accolades include
consistent Ohio State Marching Band Finalists
with Div I ratings in the Visual Caption,
numerous Mid-States Band Association (MSBA)
finalists in "A" and "AA" Classes. WGI
"Scholastic A" Regional finalists, WGI World
Championships "Scholastic A" Semi Finalist and
several South Carolina Band Director's
Association (SCBDA) State Championship and CWEA
Circuit awards, including several "Scholastic A"
1st place scores in the "Visual Ensemble"
Caption. WGI Regional "Percussion Scholastic A"
6th place "Visual" Caption.
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