Dave Pickett holds two undergraduate degrees, which he earned simultaneously, from Western Michigan University with majors in Music Education and Business Administration. His Masters degree is from Michigan State University in the field of Percussion Pedagogy (the teaching of percussion methods.) Former Timpanist with the Flint Symphony. Percussionist with Macomb Symphony. Marched with DCI finalist drum and bugle corps.
Dave has been an active member of The International Percussive Arts Society since 1989. Former Assistant Director of Bands at Sterling Heights, MI; Stevenson High School, Utica School District. Currently assists as the staff Percussion Specialist for the Romeo School District, Romeo, MI, the Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Twp., MI as well as New Haven School District, New Haven, MI. Dave has written and instructed the music book, the percussion book and/or designed the drill program for over 175 different high school bands across the US since 1985. In 1999 he created his own business, DPMusic-Total Percussion; where he teaches, writes music and presents educational and motivational clinics for students and educators of all levels across the US from coast to coast. Dave is active as a Motivational Facilitator and Wellness Instructor of Drum Circles for corporate clients as well as for schools and senior citizen groups. In 2008 Dave was inducted into the highly selective organization, The Guild of Professional Drum Teachers.He has been on the education team and performance artist with Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets Corporation for 17 years. Dave is an inaugural member of the Sabian Cymbal Corporation education team. He has performed concerts, clinics and adjudicated music ensembles in over 30 different states and 4 countries.Dave began teaching marching techniques and designing marching drills during his first year in college. Dave has judged for:WGI Percussion, DCI, DCA, BOA, MAPS, RMPA, SCPA, IPA, TCGC, GCGPC, NTCA, LMCGPC, CWEA, NCPA. He has judged for the Michigan Competing Band Association and the Michigan Color Guard Circuit (for both color guard and percussion) for over 25 years. Dave is currently the Chief Judge for Percussion and Winds for The Michigan Color Guard Circuit Judges Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Color Guard Circuit as Vice President of Percussion and Winds. In 2013 Dave judged Percussion on the field at the Preliminary competition of the DCA World Championships. In 2014 & 2018 Dave judged Overall Effect at the USBands National Championships for all A-Class marching bands.In 2019 Dave judged Overall Music Effect for the USBands National Championships, Open Class. His greatest accomplishment is that he is a proud father of 3 wonderful young men who are great musicians, leaders and wonderful human beings!