David Starnes joined the School of Music at Western Carolina University in the summer of 2011 as Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands. He directs the “Pride of the Mountains Marching Band,” the Symphonic Band, and the Concert Band. Starnes graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Starnes was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served for 11 years.
Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national, and international organizations. In 2013, he joined the staff of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and currently serves as the Design Staff Coordinator for the corps. Starnes has served as an Educational Consultant at Music for All since 2005 and was appointed program director for the “Honor Band of America,” which appeared in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005, 2009, 2013, and will again in 2017.