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David C. McCormick
1967 - 1970

David McCormickDavid C. McCormick is a musician, teacher, university administrator, and community advocate. His career began as a tuba player in The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C., in 1952.  In 1955-59 and 1967-70 he was band and orchestra director at Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana, and in 1959-67 band director at the J. Sterling Morton High School District, Cicero-Berwyn, Illinois, where his work received national attention. He went in to university administration as music department head at Southeastern Louisiana University, and he subsequently was president of the faculty senate, assistant vice president for academic affairs and executive assistant to the president.  McCormick was appointed chief academic officer of what is now the University of Louisiana System of nine institutions in 1987, and he also served as acting president of the system.  In 1992-93 he was a visiting scholar in the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley. Upon retiring from Louisiana higher education in 1993, he became dean and chief executive officer of the University of South Florida Fort Myers Campus, leading that branch unit through expansion to become the core of the newly created Florida Gulf Coast University in 1997. Concurrent with his career in education, McCormick maintained occasional activity as a professional tuba player.

McCormick has taught conducting, wind and string instrument performance, music history, music education and other subjects. Among many professional organizations, his longest service has been, since 1956, on the staff and board of the Midwest Clinic, an annual international band and orchestra conference in Chicago that is the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the world. He has appeared as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwestern and Southern United States, and in Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Conducting appearances in Russia included the Moscow Region Governor’s Orchestra and the Nizhnynovgorad Region Governor’s Orchestra.

McCormick holds the Doctor of Philosophy in music and Master of Music in tuba performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and the Bachelor of Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond. His “History of The United States Army Band to 1946” has been described as a tour de force of historical research and is cited as an important scholarly contribution.

McCormick was married to Lorraine Munger from 1954 until her death in 1991, and they had three children, each of whom enjoyed living and attending school in North Manchester, Indiana. He married Constance Dennis in 1995 and their immediate family now includes ten children, eighteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

With the opening of Florida Gulf Coast University in 1997, McCormick retired from higher education and became more active as a conductor, tuba player, clinician and community activist. He and Constance reside in Fort Myers, Florida, volunteer in a wide array of community projects, enjoy family life, and travel. For recreation, he plays tuba in the Naples (Florida) Concert Band, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Paradise Brass Quintet and the Vintage Brass Quintet. David C. McCormick is committed to bringing the excitement and human values of education and great music to masses of people in all socioeconomic strata.