Artist Profile

Dr. David Schmalenberger

Dr. David Schmalenberger is the Assistant Head of the Percussion Department at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN.  David recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chuck Lazarus quartet, the vocal ensemble Cantus, the Laura Caviani trio, the Childrens Theatre Company (Minneapolis), Upside Ride (jazz quartet), Ancia saxophone quartet, the Bill Simenson Jazz Orchestra, the JazzMN big band with vocalist Patti Peterson, the Jerry O’Hagen dance band, vocalist Debbie Duncan, and Synergy (10-piece dance band).   Schmalenberger also recently recorded with Chuck Lazarus (“Merry and Bright”) and vocalist Connie Evingson (“Sweet Happy Life”). David is active as a clinician offering workshops in jazz, percussion, and world music. David also teaches for the Shell Lake, WI summer Combo/Improvisation workshop, and teaches drumset lessons for MaCalester College in St. Paul, MN.  He has served as adjudicator/clinician for several jazz festivals, both regionally and nationally.  David has also presented scholarly papers and clinics for the Percussive Arts Society, Society for American Music, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and the International Association of Jazz Education. Schmalenberger received his DMA in Percussion Performance and World Music from West Virginia University, Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Percussion from the University of Michigan, and Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University.   David endorses Paiste cymbals and Premier drums.

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