Dr. David C. Fullmer has taught instrumental music for over thirty years. He is Director of Bands at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah where he conducts the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Badger Band and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He has served as Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Fresno where he conducted the Fresno State Symphonic Band and directed the 250 member Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band. He was also the Assistant Director of the Brigham Young University Cougar Marching Band. He was Director of Bands at Utah Valley University where he conducted the Wind Symphony, University Band, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.
He began his teaching career at Pleasant Grove High School in 1986. In 1990 he became the Director of Bands at Timpview High School where his Symphonic Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles and Marching Bands earned superior ratings at the State level for twenty-one years. In 1994, Timpview was the first band from Utah to perform at the prestigious Mid-West Clinic in Chicago. Timpview also performed at the Bands of America National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis (twice), Runner-Up at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho (twice), Utah Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, and the MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City. Under Dr. Fullmer’s direction, the Timpview Marching Band competed in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California taking first place in its division at the final show of each season for twenty-one consecutive years as well as several Sweepstakes Awards.
Dr. Fullmer is active as a Guest Conductor, Clinician and Adjudicator throughout the Western United States. He conducted the Utah All-State Band in Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City in 2017. He has conducted the scoring sessions for the motion pictures Alpha & Omega by Lionsgate and Atlas Shrugged II by 20th Century Fox. As Western Division President of the National Association for Music Education he delivered keynote addresses and clinics to music educators in AZ, CA, HI, NV, and UT and served on the National Executive Board and National Executive Committee of NAfME. He has served as President, Band VP and Adjudication Chair of the Utah Music Educators Association. He supports music educators in Utah as an Education Consultant for Summerhays Music Center. He also serves as Director of the Utah Ambassadors of Music and will conduct the UAM European Tour in the summer of 2017.
Dr. Fullmer has received the Mid-West Clinic Medal of Honor, Utah Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Educator Award, the National Band Association Citation for Excellence (twice), Utah Music Educators Superior Accomplishment Award (twice), National Federation of High School Activities Association Western States Section Outstanding Music Educator Award, Ray Smith Music Educator of the Year, PTA State Golden Apple Award, Utah Bandmasters Association Mentor Award, and featured on the cover of School Band and Orchestra Magazine (twice). He received the Freedom's Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor and Red Cross Educator Hero awards for directing veteran tribute projects in Pearl Harbor (2001 & 2011), Normandy (2004) and Washington DC & Gettysburg (2008).
Dr. Fullmer earned a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Washington. His Masters and Bachelor degrees in Music Education were earned at Brigham Young University. He studied conducting with Glenn Williams, Ralph Laycock, Don Peterson, Clyn Barrus, David Blackinton, Peter Eros, and Timothy Salzman. His dissertation, A Comparison of the Wind Band Writing of Three Contemporary Composers: Karel Husa, Timothy Broege, and Cindy McTee, comprises three chapters of A Composer's Insight: Thought, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, Vol. 1 published by Meredith Music. He has published over a dozen articles on various Music Education topics.