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David Nelson has made a career of freelance Percussion and Timpani playing in the Philadelphia area. He is a member of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, and the Reading Symphony. David performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, and has also played with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In David's travels he has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Savannah Symphony, New World Symphony (Miami, FL) and the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, CO).
As an Educator, David taught at the Darlington Fine Arts Academy for 10 years instructing all ages in Percussion. He has instructed many High School Drum lines, and performs many educational concerts throughout the Philadelphia region. He enjoys playing Percussion duo concerts for both children and adults with his wife Angela, who is Associate Principal Timpanist and Section Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. David joined the Percussion Faculty at West Chester University in the fall of 2009.
David has recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Albany Symphony, NFL Films, and Orchestra 2001. One of his latest Orchestra 2001 recordings was nominated for a 2010 Grammy award. He has also been asked to play Timpani on the albums of L.L Cool J. and R. Kelly.
David Graduated from Temple University with his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Percussion Performance. He studied with Alan Abel, Glenn Steele, Jonathan Haas, and had additional studies with Cloyd Duff.
David is a Performing Artist for Zildjian and endorses their cymbals.