David Sharp is the Professor of Instrumental Music and Jazz at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa where he directs the Indian Hills Jazz Band and teaches courses in Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Jazz Appreciation. From 1989 through 1998, David was on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music where he taught courses in the jazz studies department including Jazz History and directed various UNL Jazz Ensembles. Mr. Sharp earned his Bachelors of Music degree in composition from the University of Miami (Florida) and holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
As a free-lance saxophonist and woodwind specialist, David has traveled extensively throughout the Midwest and much of the United States. He has performed with several national and internationally renowned jazz and pop artists including the Woody Herman Orchestra, Mel Torme, Claudio Roditi, Terance Blanchard, Rob McConnell, Emil Viklicky (Czech Republic), Ivan Paduart (Belgium), Victor Lewis, Marvin Stamm, Jay McShann, Dave Stryker, Lou Rawls, Rod Stewart, Shirley Jones, and has performed in pit orchestras of numerous Broadway national touring shows.
David Sharp is a prolific composer and arranger of jazz, big band, brass ensemble, and studio orchestra music. His works have been performed and/or recorded by numerous scholastic groups and professional jazz performers throughout the world.