David studied at the London College of Music, and York and Cambridge Universities, performing as solo French horn with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and principal horn of the Cambridge University Musical Society. Before joining the British army in 1995 he worked for four years in Southern Africa for the Bophuthatswana Arts Council as a musician and teacher in schools, music centres, and for the local Defence Force.
After completing military training, David was assigned as a French horn player to the Band of The Hussars and Light Dragoons in Münster, Germany. This took him to Bosnia/Herzegovina, Canada, and around Western Europe, as well as to Kosovo with 2 Armoured Field Ambulance on Op AGRICOLA. Having been selected for the Bandmaster course at the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM), Kneller Hall, he passed out top of class, winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal. Following Bandmaster positions with The Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a staff appointment at HQ CAMUS, and as School Bandmaster at the RMSM, David was commissioned into the Corps of Army Music in 2008 as Director of Music The Band of The Parachute Regiment. With the PARAs he completed tours of the Falkland Islands and Cyprus, also directing music support for commemorative events at Arnhem, Normandy, and Dunkirk. He led the PARA band to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 13 with 16 Air Assault Brigade, performing for NATO troops and mentoring Afghan National Army bands. Following a position as officer commanding Phase 2 training at the RMSM, he completed the four-month Household Cavalry military equestrian course and was assigned Director of Music The Band of the Blues and Royals, leading the mounted music for State ceremonial in 2014, including the Queen’s Birthday Parade. David remained with the band after the union with the Life Guards and then took up the position of Director of Music the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra.
David has five degrees, is a Fellow of the major music conservatoires, and also a qualified teacher. His PhD research was a detailed analysis of the culture, performance, and influence of British army bands in the interwar years. David has participated in unit sports throughout his career, notably football and rugby, and has also enjoyed ‘adventure’ travelling – such as canoeing on the Zambezi and completing the Trans-Siberian Railway – but now spends his spare time with his wife, Kate, and their fourteen-year-old twin daughters, Jane and Elizabeth.