John David

John David

Artist-in-Residence (Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies)

Department: Fine Arts
Phone: (706) 236-7909
Campus Box: 309
Location: Ford 316

Short Bio

John David (Artist-In-Residence) is Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies at Berry College. 

John David is Artist-in-Residence and Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies at Berry College in Rome, GA. Newly appointed to this position in Fall 2013, Mr. David is the director of the Berry Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Viking Drumline. He also teaches applied percussion and is the percussion pedagogy specialist in music education. Under his direction the Berry College Jazz Ensemble was a featured performing group at the 2015 Georgia Music Educators Conference in Savannah, GA and at the world-renowned Spivey Hall in 2016.


Renowned as a drumset artist, John has performed throughout the United States and Europe in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. Currently residing in Atlanta, he is one of the most sought-after drummers in the Southeast. John has performed on over twenty studio recordings and has twice received international awards from Downbeat Magazine.


Some notable artists he has toured with include: Arturo Sandoval, Bruce Hornsby, and the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. He holds degrees from the University of Miami, University of Georgia and Columbus State University.