David Starnes is Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University, where he directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and the Symphonic Band. Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Mr. Starnes was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served for 11 years. His bands performed at Bands of America Championships, earning accolades on the Regional and National level. He is currently a Music for All Educational Consultant for student programs, is the Camp Director for the Student Divisions of the Summer Symposium, and Program Director for the Bands of America Honor Band, which appeared in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017, and will appear again in 2021.
Mr. Starnes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national, and international organizations, including Music for All and Bands of America.