Conductor, educator, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Shelton combines a passion for music with a diverse background as a jazz pianist, orchestral hornist and composer/arranger. The 2017-2018 season marks Mr. Shelton’s twentieth with the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic, in which he is a member of the horn section and also an arranger, pianist and drummer for the Pops! and Unplugged and Untied series. In addition to his performing and arranging duties, Mr. Shelton also serves as the Union Steward and chair of the Players’ Committee.
Mr. Shelton received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, where he also studied wind band conducting with Eugene Corporan and Dennis Fisher. He was the 1996 recipient of the McDowell Award for Performance Excellence and has also received awards from the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the New York Brass Quintet Competition.
A nominee for national Teacher of the Year, Mr. Shelton was named as one of “50 Band Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. In addition to a decade of middle and high school teaching experience, Mr. Shelton has taught at the University of North Texas, Kentucky State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Centre College, Asbury University, the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and the University of North Texas Jazz Combo Workshop.
Mr. Shelton has multiple recording credits as an arranger, bandleader, pianist and hornist and has worked with such notables as Ray Charles, Bob Newhart, John Michael Montgomery, Michael W. Smith, and Lynn Seaton. His arrangements have been commissioned by the United States Air Force, the 2003 Rolex© International Dressage Competition, and orchestras, concert bands, church ensembles, marching bands, choral ensembles and jazz ensembles at the secondary, collegiate and professional levels.
Mr. Shelton is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians and serves as President of AFM Local 554-635.