Dr. David Porter has been with the MasterWorks Festival since its inception. He is currently principal tuba with the McLean Orchestra and Adjunct Applied Tuba and Class Brass Professor for George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. David is a retired CMSgt tuba player from the United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C., having served 24 honorable years. His past orchestra positions have been substitute tuba with the Maryland Symphony and principal tuba with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He is a former member with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass and is currently with the ministry group called eurobrass. He remains active with several brass quintets in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.
He is a 36 year veteran of music education and is very busy as a freelancer and private tuba and euphonium instructor of a 25 member studio in northern Virginia, and teaches tuba, Class Brass and Tuba Euphonium Ensemble at GMU. Additionally, he works as a volunteer youth counselor at Fairlington UMC, Alexandria, VA. He was author and editor of a quarterly article in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal for 14 years, which specialized as a teacher’s aide called “Tips for Tuba.” As well as teaching tuba for the MWF, he is also the Brass Chamber Coordinator which produces three to four brass chamber music groups annually in the summer Festivals. Parallel to the Brass Chamber is his position as Outreach Coordinator that involves putting the MWF Chamber Groups into venues in the surrounding Spartanburg Community. His most recent MWF adventure was going with MWF Board President and Clarinet Teacher, Chip Hill, and helping our friend Jorge Mejia by teaching all orchestra brass at the 2016 Encuentro Filarmonico Centroamericano in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Dr. Porter has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University (1980), a Masters of Music degree in Tuba Performance from the University of New Mexico (1982) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Tuba Performance from George Mason University (2017). His main teachers have been Mr. Roy Holder (Alcoa High School), Professor R. Winston Morris (TTU), Dr. Karl Hinterbichler (UNM), Mr. David Fedderly (former principal tubist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and now professor at University of Maryland), Dr. Milton Stevens (former principal trombone, National Symphony Orchestra), Mr. Gene Pokorny, (principal tubist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Dr. Michael Nickens (GMU). David is married to wife, Judy, and they have two wonderful married children who have given them two marvelous grandchildren.