Percussion, David Jarvis
A native of Michigan, Mr. Jarvis
musical career on piano and percussion at the age of ten in the school music programs and in private lessons.He
was performing professionally in the Detroit area by the age of twelve.Jarvis
left the Great Lake state to pursue a degree in music education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.During this time he
studied percussion with Prof. Albert Rometo and was a member of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and jazz drummer for the Neo Classic Jazz Orchestra in addition to freelance performance with many local musicians.
In 1977, Jarvis
B.S. degree in music education and moved to the northwest where he
taught junior high band in Moscow, Idaho.He
continued with his
playing career as principal timpanist with the Washington-Idaho Symphony and drummer with the popular Dozier-Jarvis Trio.Two years later Jarvis
decided to further his
education and began a masters program at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.During this period he
continued performing with the symphony and the trio in addition to building a solo career for the future.Studying jazz education and all facets of directing a marching band program in addition to percussion performance gave Jarvis
a busy schedule during his
tenure at Washington State.
Upon completion of his
M.A. degree in 1981, Jarvis
moved back east to Des Moines, Iowa and served as Assistant Director of Bands at Drake University.While directing the marching band and jazz program he
continued to perform four to six nights a week with the local musicians.He
was in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and performer throughout the Midwest.
In 1983, Jarvis
moved to Dayton, Ohio and became the Director of Marching Band, Jazz Studies, and Percussion Studies at the University of Dayton.In 1984, he
received a leave of absence to perform full time with the pop top 40 group Hipocket.He
was also a member of the jazz fusion group Watersign which gained great popularity in the Dayton/Cincinnati area.
It was in 1987 when Mr. Jarvis
was offered a Director of Percussion Studies at Washington State University.Since he
has moved back to the northwest, Jarvis
has reformed the Dozier-Jarvis Trio (In 91 the group added a saxophonist and are now called The Dozier-Jarvis-Jensen Quartet.), performs with the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and has embarked on a solo career in percussion performance.Mr. Jarvis
specializes in literature written for percussion and electronic sound and has performed solo concerts around the country featuring this style of literature.In 1988, he
received a state grant to compose a classical style work for multiple percussion and digital electronic synthesis.His
teaching duties at Washington State include directing the W.S.U. Percussion Ensemble, W.S.U. Mallet Ensemble, and W.S.U. Percussion Chamber Ensemble.He
teaches studio percussion to 10 percussion majors (both performance and education) and the history of jazz.Mr. Jarvis
is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.Mr. Jarvis
still continues to teach a few select private students in addition to his
university percussion majors.Mr. Jarvis
is the co-president of the Washington state chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and a member of M.E.N.C., I.A.J.E., and the American Federation of Musicians (no. 105).He
is also a clinician for the Yamaha Corporation specializing in electronic percussion and drum set.Some of his
compositional works are published by Southern Music Co. in San Antonio, Texas.