David Hunsicker has a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Dr. Hunsicker is currently principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony and the Lancaster Festival Orchestras. Previously he was a member of the Flint, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, performed as principal trumpet of the Des Moines Metro Opera, and served as associate principal trumpet of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed extensively with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and the Sarasota Opera.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Hunsicker has performed numerous recitals and concerts including performances of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra; several concerts with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings; as a founding member of the Great Lakes Brass Quintet; with the Sonoran Brass Quintet; and currently with the Wichita Brass Quintet. He can be heard performing with the Sonoran Brass Quintet on the recording Dry Heat. Dr. Hunsicker is also an active performer of commercial music and jazz. In addition to playing with jazz groups in several states, he has performed in many musicals, including Hello, Dolly!, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, and The King and I.
Dr. Hunsicker has maintained an active teaching studio since 1996. He served as a graduate assistant in trumpet while pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Arizona State University, also teaching at the Herberger College for Kids and Tempe Preparatory Academy. More recently, he was Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and trumpet instructor for the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Hunsicker holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan. While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Solo Performance from Arizona State University, he conducted extensive research on the subject of orchestral auditions for trumpet. His principal teachers include: David Hickman, Charles Daval, Bernard Adelstein, and Irving Sarin.