David Wallace joined the faculty as the Director of Bands and Coordinator of the Brass and Percussion Performance Studies Area in 1987. He served as music department chairman from 1994 to 2003 and left the university in 2005, at which time he was honored by being named Professor Emeritus. His teaching duties included instrumental conducting for both undergraduates and graduate students, percussion performance, various courses for instrumental music education majors, and music major introduction classes for freshmen. Throughout his career he conducted both the Symphonic Band and the University Wind Symphony. The Wind Symphony appeared at WMEA and MENC state and regional conventions, as well as the CBDNA combined Northwest/Western Regional Conference. He was appointed to conduct the University Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2000 and served as music director for opera and music theater productions.
Wallace received his BM in music education from the University of Michigan and the MM in conducting and performance from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his DMA in conducting and music history/literature from the Eastman School of Music. His former teachers include Charles Owen, H. Robert Reynolds, Eugene Corporon and Donald Hunsberger. Wallace was active as a clinician and conductor throughout the Northwest and is a past-President of the San Juan District of the Washington Music Educators Association. Now, he enjoys a far more relaxed lifestyle working and playing with boats in Seattle.