David Shaffer holds a Bachelor Degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music Degree from Miami University (Ohio). Mr. Shaffer has taught in the Hamilton, Ohio; Northridge, Ohio; and Wyoming, Ohio schools. Mr. Shaffer has been associated with the Miami University Marching Band for 30 years as Graduate Assistant Director (1978-80), Assistant Director (1980-97) and has been the Director for more than a decade. In 2003 the Miami Band performed as the “Santa Band” in the 77th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Mr. Shaffer has over 250 compositions and arrangements in print. His compositions have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and have been placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Mr. Shaffer is in demand as a conductor for new music reading
clinics, music festivals, and music education seminars, including three
appearances at the Midwest Clinic. In
February of 1997 he conducted a program of his music, with the China
Youth Corps Band in the National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. We welcome Mr. Shaffer, who shared the Festival
of Bands spotlight with David Holsinger in 2005, back to Coe College.
Vives holds bachelor’s degrees in both composition and music education from Florida State University and a Masters of Music in Composition and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida. He has taught in the public schools in Florida and has served as a clinician at band and music camps in many states. His marching and concert band arrangements have been performed nationwide. In 2003 and 2010 he was selected as the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico's (Music Teachers National Association State Affiliate) Commissioned Composer.
Dr. Vives is the winner of the 2011 American Prize in Composition (Choral Division), and his compositions and arrangements are published by Manduca Music Publications and Survives Music.