David Cooksey


Dave’s involvement in the pageantry arts began 45 years ago. He is an alumnus of The Racine Kilties and The Madison Scouts and remains active internationally as a music adjudicator and brass instructor. His combined skill sets have allowed to him to work in a variety of settings with groups around the world. He is currently entering into his third year as the brass program consultant for Jubal Drum Corps in Dordrecht, Netherlands, the reigning Drum Corps Holland Champions.

Of those years he has spent many of them adjudicating for Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Drum Corps Japan, and Drum Corps Europe. As an adjudicator, he has served as Recruitment/Training Coordinator for new judges; the Judge Coordinator for Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and in 2016/17 as the Drum Corps Europe Judges Education Advisor – Music Caption.

Following his years of judging for DCI, Dave returned to the instructional ranks where he has spent the past 16 years as a low brass instructor for several of America’s top corps: The Madison Scouts, Crossmen, Cavaliers and The Phantom Regiment, including the 2008 World Championships. Dave’s return to the Phantom Regiment marks his 9th year working low brass with the corps.

Dave studied music at The University of Wisconsin, The Royal College of Music, London and Baylor University, majoring in brass performance on Tuba / Euphonium. He has had the privilege to have studied privately with some the world’s great brass teachers, Arnold Jacobs, John Fletcher, Harvey Phillips, and Ed Livingston.

Dave is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Medicine – School of Applied Health Sciences majoring in Respiratory Therapy. He currently works for AMBU, Inc as a Clinical Training Specialist.

David Cooksey

David Cooksey Brass Instructor

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