2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Denver School of the Arts - Middle School Concert Band

IC North

Dave Hammond
Denver School of the Arts, Band Director

Educated with a performance degree from the Berklee College of Music and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Denver, Mr. Hammond had performed professionally in Boston, South America and Denver before becoming one of the founding music instructors at the Denver School of the Arts (DSA).  After a 2-year stint as Assistant Director of Bands at Western Illinois University, Mr. Hammond was hired as Director of Bands at Denver School of the Arts in 1998.

Under the direction of Mr. Hammond, DSA bands have performed almost annually for the last 20 years at the Colorado Music Educators Association conferences, performed 19 times at the CBA State Concert Band Finals, won many awards and accolades including 15 recent Downbeat Magazine Student Awards for Best Chamber Group, Best Classical Symphonic Band, Best Studio Orchestra and for many years  - Best Big Band – Art School Category.  The Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra is one of the top high school big bands nationwide and was selected in 2017 to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL.  The band has been a finalist many years in the Swing Central Jazz Festival in Savannah, GA. and in Wynton Marsalis’ Essentially Ellington High School Competition and Festival in New York city.  The DSA Wind Ensemble performed at the National Concert Band Festival in 2018 in Indianapolis to rave reviews.  The DSA bands have also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, CA, Santa Fe, NM and in New Orleans, LA.

Mr. Hammond stays active as a jazz and concert band clinician, honor band director as well as jazz composer and drummer.  Hammond’s latest release “Four Canals” is available on iTunes, Spotify and other music platforms.  More information is at davehammondmusic.com

Presider - Enrique Lasansky, Denver School of the Arts Director of Orchestras

Concert Host - Marti Bott, IMC District 6 Representative