David Reeves was born in Minneapolis in 1973. He studied percussion performance at the University of Washington (BM ’03). His teachers were Tom Collier, Mike Crusoe and Tim Salzman. Prior to his time at UW Reeves studied composition at Indiana University. His composition teachers were Don Freund and Claude Baker.
A large part of Reeves’s music career has been rooted in the Drum Corps, Marching Band and Indoor Percussion activities where he has arranged or composed well over 100 scores. He was an instructor for the DCI groups Santa Clara Vanguard (’97, ’99-’02) and The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL (’06,’07) as well as an arranger for the Seattle Cascades (’04,’05) and the Troopers from Casper, WY (’09-’12). He was the percussion instructor and arranger for the University of Washington Husky Band from 2001-2009. His compositions and arrangements for high school ensembles in the Indoor Percussion activity have helped lead to numerous gold, silver and bronze medals at the WGI Percussion World Championships.
Along with his involvement in the marching activity Reeves has also maintained a composition career in the concert idiom. His Crosswalk for Percussion Octet was premiered at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in 2010 and his Pieces of Eight has been widely performed by some of the top university percussion ensembles throughout the country. Though works for percussion have made up the majority of his output Reeves has also written for wind ensemble, solo piano and chamber ensembles of varying instrumentation. Most of his published works are through Tapspace publications.