David Vickerman is the Artistic Director and Conductor for X Trigger, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to focusing on the concert audience experience, and also Director of Bands at The College of New Jersey. As Director of Bands, he has direct oversight of the band program which includes the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Pep band. In addition to conducting The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, he teaches instrumental conducting and courses in the music education curriculum. In the few years since becoming the conductor, he has been able to establish The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble as a regional model for performance excellence – performing in concert by invitation at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference in March of 2014 at the New England Conservatory of Music. Prior to his appointment at The College of New Jersey, he held the position of Director of Bands on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and directed the Pep Band. He also recently completed the Wind Conducting DMA program at The Peabody Institute where he assisted with the Peabody Wind Ensemble and conducting courses. In addition to his duties at TCNJ, he serves as the Associate Conductor of Great Noise Ensemble, in Washington D.C., and is a founding member of the Institute for Social Justice in the Arts and Humanities at The College of New Jersey.
A fervent advocate for contemporary music, Dr. Vickerman has commissioned and conducted numerous premieres including world premieres with The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, a ballet with Ballet Fantastique in Eugene, Oregon and two pieces for winds and live electronics that he commissioned personally. In the fall of 2013, Dr. Vickerman conducted the premiere of the “Sgt. Pepper Project” with Great Noise Ensemble. This concert consisted of thirteen premieres, each based off of a track from the famous Beatles album. For a concert event entitled “Digital Embrace” at the Peabody Institute, he conducted a concert of wind band music that focused on the use of integrated live electronics. This concert was completely funded through a Kickstarter campaign. In the fall of 2010, he was the conductor for the Louis Andriessen Concert at The Peabody Institute during the composer’s weeklong residency. He has participated in numerous conducting workshops and symposiums, working with conductors such as H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Haithcock, Robert Carnochan, Steve Davis and Jerry Junkin. His primary conducting instructors include Dr. Edward C. Harris, Stuart Sims, Robert Ponto and Harlan Parker.
Dr. Vickerman graduated with a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Oregon in 2010. While at the University of Oregon, he was the conductor of the Oregon Campus Band and Oregon Brass Ensemble in addition to the regular assistant conductor with the Oregon Wind Ensemble. Prior to his work at the University of Oregon, he was the Director of Bands at Lodi High School in Lodi, California and he held the position of Music Director at Hilmar High School in Hilmar, California the year before that. In 2002, Mr. Vickerman graduated from California State University Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and received his California teaching credential the following year.