David Mercedes

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David Mercedes
Faculty Specialist/Lecturer, Tuba/Euphonium
(269) 387-1113
2132 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
Mailing address: 
Irving S. Gilmore School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • D.M.A. Candidate, University of Iowa
  • M.M., University of North Texas
  • B.M., State University of New York College at Potsdam

David E. Mercedes joined the faculty at Western Michigan University and Irving S. Gilmore School of Music as Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium in 2023. He is currently Principal Tuba in the Classical Music Institute Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at WMU, he held teaching positions at Texas Southern University and Oklahoma State University.

Notable groups that David has performed with include Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Texas Chamber Symphony, Magnolia City Brass Band, and Houston Brass Quintet. David is also a part of the Backburner Tuba and Euphonium Collective and fLOW Quartet, an international tuba and euphonium chamber ensemble.

As an active International Tuba and Euphonium Association member, David has performed and adjudicated at several regional and international conferences. A proponent of contemporary music and living composers, David has commissioned works for tuba, including Drown (2015) by Matthew Pellegrino (revised in 2016), Shadow of Sky (2019) by Wenxin Li, Lull (2020) by Jean-François Charles, and Quintet for Tuba and String Quartet (2021) by Ethan Cypress, Rumination and Solitude (2022) by Daniel Adams, to name a few.

He is also a part of consortiums including Un Dia en La Vida (2019) by Jose Flores and Introdução e Dança for Tuba and Piano (2022) by Fernando Deddos . In 2019, he performed as a guest artist at the Midwest Composers Symposium that was hosted at Indiana University.

David E. Mercedes is a Denis Wick Artist.