Dr. Dave Hall is Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Nebraska. Under his direction, the University of Nebraska Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform showcase concerts at PASICs in 2019 and 2016 as winners of the PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition. He regularly performs as a marimba and multi-percussion soloist, collaborative chamber musician, jazz drummer, orchestral percussionist, steel pan player, and improviser, favoring an eclectic and omnivorous approach to percussion and the arts. Dave is an active composer, published by C. Alan Publications. His works for percussion have been commissioned, performed, and recorded around the world.
Rhythm! Scene: If you weren't a university percussion professor, what career could you see yourself having pursued?
Dave Hall: If I wasn’t a musician I’d be pretty happy doing anything in the arts, or being a dad/cook/household manager full-time.
R!S: What's one thing in your institution or city/town (other than your school of music or music department) that you are proud to tell people about?
DH: Lincoln, Nebraska has a vibrant downtown scene, including hipster-havens the Haymarket and Railyard, with an abundance of cool places for food, coffee, and drinks. I love taking visitors and guest artists around and going to the massive Haymarket Farmer’s Market in the summer and fall.
R!S: What's one thing about you that your students would unanimously proclaim?
DH: I hope my students would agree that I’m in a constant state of change, creative exploration, and discovery.
R!S: What is your favorite percussion instrument and why?
DH: My favorite thing about percussion is the variety. I love being able to switch instruments and idioms throughout the day.
R!S: Where did you grow up, and what’s one interesting thing about your childhood (musically or otherwise)?
DH: I grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. I participated in so many different activities growing up—sports, dance, theatre, choir, debate—and I worked at my dad’s law firm and wrote editorials for the local newspaper in high school. I never planned on going into music as a career but am so glad I did.