David Zerbe, Associate Professor of Music, is the director of bands and percussion studies. He was the recipient of the Faculty Barlow Award in 2013 and the Outstanding Faculty Award for the Humanities in 2011. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed DMP recording group the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble, he has performed John Mackey’s Concerto for Percussion with the Alma Symphony, as a soloist for the Flint Symphony’s performance of Carman Moore’s Gospel Fuse and as a percussionist with the Midland, Saginaw, Traverse City, and West Shore symphonies. He was also featured with the C.M.U. Jazz Lab 1 performance of Rob McConnell’s I’ve Got Rhythm at the Montreux International Jazz Festival and Buddy Rich’s Channel One Suite arrangement at the Elmhurst and Aquinas Jazz Festivals. An active free-lance musician, Mr. Zerbe has appeared with Aretha Franklin, Michael Feinstein, Marie Osmond, Sharri Williams, Jive at Five, and for Rich Little. His Alma College Percussion Ensemble has been invited to perform eight consecutive years at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, with vibist Joe Locke at the Port Townsend (Wash.) Jazz Festival and opened the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival sharing the Chase Main Stage with the Hank Jones Trio and Chick Corea, Stanley Clark and Lenny White. He is also the director of the percussion section of the Alma College Pipe Band; US Open Pipe Band Champions in 2012 and 2013. Dave Zerbe is the founder and director of the “Legacy Percussion Orchestra” a professional percussion ensemble with a national membership, which was a headline act for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, John Clayton Artistic Director, on February 26, 2011.
- M.M., Central Michigan University (1994)
- B.M.E., Central Michigan University (1991)
My career at Alma began in
Secondary Education Methods; Percussion Pedagogy