Director of Bronco Marching Band
David W. Montgomery is Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Bronco Marching Band at Western Michigan University, where he coordinates all sports band operations, teaches courses in music education methods and conducting, and conducts the University Concert Band. Dr. Montgomery earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro (1998) and the Master of Music degree in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Kansas State University (2004). He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of South Carolina (2011).
Under his direction, the Bronco Marching Band is recognized for its excellence in musical performance, fast-paced drill movements, and high energy entertainment. Concert band performances under his baton are noted for their musical excellence and artistry. From 1998 to 2002, he was Director of Bands at East Gaston High School in Mt. Holly, North Carolina. During his tenure the concert band program was built from Grade IV to Grade VI and received four consecutive superior ratings at the NCMEA Concert Band Festival. Under his direction the marching band also won numerous first place awards and consistently earned superior ratings. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Montgomery frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician across the Midwest and Southeast.
Dr. Montgomery is an accomplished teacher and was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2012 “Dean’s Teaching Award” in the College of Fine Arts at WMU. He is published in The Instrumentalist and given numerous presentations at music conferences across Michigan, Kansas and North Carolina. Currently he serves as State Chairperson of the Michigan chapter of the National Band Association.
Dr. Montgomery’s professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, Michigan Music Educators Association, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and College Band Directors National Association. He also holds memberships in Pi Kappa Lambda music honor fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi interdisciplinary honor society and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.