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David Gabrielson serves as Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands at Clovis North Educational Center in Fresno, CA. Mr. Gabrielson is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Fresno, a position he has held since 2001 and is a past faculty member of California State University, Stanislaus. Past students of Mr. Gabrielson’s private/college studio have enjoyed tremendous success including winning numerous honors and have also gone on to become teachers and professional musicians. Advocates for new music, Mr. Gabrielson and his colleagues have commissioned composers for band and percussion ensemble including Beacon of Polaris (2011), Where the Mountains Meet the Sky (2013) and Passageways (2015) with other works in progress. He also conducted the world premiere of the The Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest winner Accidental Migration (2007) with the Fresno State Percussion Ensemble and at the 2007 CMEA state convention. Mr. Gabrielson holds a Master of Arts in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Fresno State University.
The music program at Clovis North has seen tremendous success with the marching band, concert band, indoor percussion and percussion ensemble. Some honors include being a featured band at the 2016 Music For All National Festival, performance at the 2016 Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Ensemble Festival, serving as the lab band for Robert Sheldon at the 2014 CASMEC conference, serving as lab percussion ensemble at the 2015 CASMEC conference, multiple SJVCGPR championships, several Western Band Association championship high percussion awards and have been named Western Band Association class or grand champions multiple times.
Mr. Gabrielson presented his clinic titled “If You Build It They Will Come - Using Percussion Ensemble to Build Well Rounded Percussionists: Why and How?” at the California All-State Music Education Conference in February 2015.
A very active freelance musician, Mr. Gabrielson is a member of the Sacramento Choral Society Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Summer Orchestra and keeps an active performing and adjudicating schedule including regularly performing with the Fresno Philharmonic, Modesto Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, as well as others. He has also performed with such groups/artists including being principal percussionist with the former Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra, former principal percussionist with Townsend Opera Players, Bear Valley Orchestra, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, Rita Moreno, Doc Severinsen, The Magical Mystery Tour, Cirque de la Symphonie, Edgar Meyers, Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck, Morgan James and Placido Domingo among others.
Mr. Gabrielson currently serves as a Vice President of the California Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, is a founding committee member of the PAS-CA Solo/Ensemble Competition and cohosts the Central CA Day of Percussion. He is also the cofounder of the San Joaquin Valley Concert Band Invitational affiliated with the Music for All National Festival. Mr. Gabrielson is proud to be a VIC FIRTH Artist, a REMO Drumhead Artist and a YAMAHA Performing Artist.