Kawartha Lakes Concert Band Music Director
David Morrison has been the music director of the Kawartha Lakes Concert Band since it began in September of 2018.
David received a BMusA from the University of Western Ontario. He then completed his B.Ed programming at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. Johns while teaching music at Lewisporte Regional High School in central Newfoundland.
David has enjoyed an active career as a teacher and community band director since 1984 when he started the first instrumental music program in the Notre Dame Integrated School Board in central Newfoundland. Over the years, his ensembles have performed on stages and at festivals across Canada and in the United States, producing five professional CD’s along the way. From 1998 – 2006 he was the Music Director of the Lindsay Kinsmen Marching Band and conducted tour performances around Ontario as well as in Newfoundland where they performed at the Signal Hill Tattoo and the Kelligrew Soiree, and in Alberta where they played at the Saddledome and the Calgary Stampede.
From 2006 - 2015 he ran the Odyssey Project music program which he created to give young musicians the opportunity to develop their skills through the rehearsal and performance of popular music. The group enjoyed workshops with the Tower of Power horn section, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Dave Stillwell (Blue Jackets Required) and Larry Shields (trombone). In 2010 they performed at the G20 Youth Summit in Huntsville and opened for the Nylons at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, Ontario.
David has been involved in the creation of many innovative programs in the Arts such as the Cooperative Initiatives in the Performing Arts program (CIPA), the Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp, the Musichouse Idea Exchange, and the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council. In 2001 he was nominated for the Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2007 he was the recipient of the Dennis Sweeting Arts Legacy Award for his contributions to the Arts for over a decade in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Before retiring from the classroom in 2014 he was awarded the TLDSB Award of Excellence for his extra-curricular music programs.
Following his teaching career, David served eight years as a trustee with the Trillium Lakelands District School. He continues to work with musicians young and old as an adjudicator, workshop clinician and band director.