David Thomas Kehler
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands
As Director of Bands at Kennesaw State University, David Thomas Kehler oversees all aspects of the university’s band program. Here, he serves as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble, and teaches courses in instrumental conducting and wind literature.
From 2005-2009, Dr. Kehler served the University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Conducting Associate, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. While in Texas, Dr. Kehler also served America’s Premier Windband, The Dallas Wind Symphony, as Associate Conductor where he was coordinator and conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony International Fanfare Project. Under his direction, they received literally hundreds of fanfares from all over the world for its annual call for fanfares competition. In addition, Dr. Kehler conducted the Dallas Wind Symphony at holiday concerts, Chautauqua Festivals, the annual Labor Day Concert at the Dallas Arboretum, and a formal gala presented by the United States Armed Forces with all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in attendance.
In addition, Dr. Kehler was also Founder and Conductor of the GDYO Wind Symphony, an ensemble affiliated with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Inc. During his ten years of service, the GDYO Wind Symphony established itself as one of the premier youth wind ensembles in the United States. They were a featured ensemble at the Texas Bandmasters Association/National Band Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, and were heard internationally on “From the Top”, a syndicated radio program featuring the finest young classical musicians in the country. In addition, the GDYO Wind Symphony participated in exchange concerts with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and performed with Jeff Nelson, former horn of the Canadian Brass. In the summer of 2008, the GDYO Wind Symphony embarked on an extensive two-week tour of China, performing at the music conservatories of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and Hong Kong. In addition, exchange concerts were conducted with the Shanghai Little Star Orchestra and with the Hong Kong Youth Wind Philharmonia.
Previous university appointments were serving as Director of the Mustang Band and Conductor of the Symphony Band at Southern Methodist University (1995-2005), Associate Director of Bands at the University of Rhode Island (1992-1995), and as Director of Bands at Bay City Western High School, in Bay City, Michigan (1987-1990). Growing up in Michigan, Dr. Kehler received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University. Dr. Kehler is an active conductor and clinician throughout the United States, and has memberships in many musical organizations including CBDNA, NBA, MENC, GMEA and others.
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