David Scimonelli is a freelance percussionist and music educator. He is a Section Percussionist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and plays regularly as an extra percussionist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He has previously served as a section percussionist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Miami Wind Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, Bloomington Pops Orchestra, Indiana University Summer Festival Orchestra, and the Bloomington Chamber Singers.
David earned his Doctor of Music (12) and Master of Music (05) degrees in percussion from Indiana University. During his studies, he was a Winner of the 2004 I.U. Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Indiana University Orchestra. His percussion teachers at I.U. included John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Anthony Cirone, Gerald Carlyss, Steve Houghton, and Michael Spiro. David earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Dayton (02), where his teachers included Jane Varella, James Latten, and Jim Leslie.
Outside of the classical realm, David has recorded and performed with various jazz and fusion groups on drumset including the David Scimonelli Trio. He has also performed on drumset and percussion in many musical theater productions. In 2000 and 2002, he received scholarships from the University of Dayton to study percussion in Ghana, West Africa and has since given master classes in Ghanaian drumming and culture. In the summer of 2004 he was selected to study and perform at the Henry Mancini Institute where he shared the stage with Doc Severinsen, Burt Bacharach, and Kenny Werner, as well as recorded for the HMI Orchestra album Elevation. In addition to his eight years of high school and collegiate marching experience, David has continued to teach marching batteries and front ensembles throughout the Midwest and South Florida since 2002. He has previously served on the faculty at New England Music Camp and Ivy Tech Community College. Since moving to Miami, David has taught as a marching and concert percussion specialist with Coral Gables High School and Southwood Middle School. He also serves as a Part-time Lecturer in music history at the UM Frost School of Music.