David Vickerman is the Associate Conductor for Great Noise Ensemble. He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor for X Trigger, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to focusing on the concert audience experience located in the Princeton, NJ area and the Director of Bands at The College of New Jersey. In the few years since becoming the conductor of The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, he has been able to establish the 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.
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. Dr. Vickerman graduated with DMA in Wind Conducting from The Peabody Institute in 2014, a Master’s in Wind Conducting from the University of Oregon in 2010 and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from California State University Stanislaus in 2002.