David Dees currently serves as Professor of Saxophone and Chair of Winds and Percussion at Texas Tech University. He is the recipient of the Texas Tech University Mortar Board / Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Faculty Award and is a member of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy.
As a performer, he has appeared as a recitalist and clinician in North America, Europe and Asia. Professor Dees has been a featured concerto soloist and master class presenter at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and National Conferences. He has performed at World Saxophone Congresses in Montreal, Slovenia and Scotland. Recent activities include performances or recordings of concertos by Karel Husa, Augusta Read Thomas, Clare Fischer, Henri Tomasi, Alexander Glazunov, John Mackey and Teresa LeVelle and chamber works of Christian Lauba, Philippe Leroux, Mei-Fang Lin, Edison Denisov, William Albright, and Roger Zare. He is the recipient of prizes in national and international solo and chamber performance competitions including the Ville d’ Avray / Paris International Saxophone Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Kingsville Young Artist Competition.
Students in the TTU Saxophone Studio under Dees’ tutelage have been national finalists and prizewinners in the TTU Concerto Competition, the MTNA Chamber Winds Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition, the MTNA Young Artist Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. His students were Gold Medalists in the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Quarter Finalists in the 2014 and 2017 Fischoff Competitions. Several of his former students currently serve as professors at universities in the USA.
He serves as Region 4 Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance and hosted the 2003 NASA Region 4 Conference and the 2016 NASA Biennial (National) Conference at Texas Tech University. He has served as a member of the jury and Competition Coordinator for the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Performance Competition, and was a member of the jury for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2016.
He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas where he was a student of Debra Richtmeyer, and his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University where he was a student of Frederick Hemke. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech University, he was a saxophonist with the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, D.C. He is an Artist Clinician for Conn-Selmer Saxophones.