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David Gaines

Rockville, MD         

Composer David Gaines (b. 1961) has been recognized both by critics and by other artists for his imaginative orchestrations and his uniquely international and eclectic style. His music, which has been performed across the United States and Europe, includes two symphonies, concertos for baritone saxophone, trombone, and euphonium, plus a variety of chamber, choral, and electronic music.


Recordings are available in compact disc and digital download formats on the Navona Records, MMC Recordings, and Verda Stelo Music labels. A newly remastered version of his out of print 2001 album of orchestral music, The Music Of David Gaines, was released in both compact disc and digital download formats in October 2013 on his own Verda Stelo Music label. Gaines’ award-winning Lyric Fanfare for trombone and piano, plus a newly commissioned work for trombone and organ entitled Free Air, will appear on a new chamber music album featuring trombonist Eileen Meyer Russell in 2015.


A graduate of Northwestern University, American University, and Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music (where he earned a doctoral degree in composition), Dr. Gaines studied with M. William Karlins, Stephen Syverud, Jerzy Sapieyevski, Jean Eichelberger Ivey, and Robert Sirota. His awards include annual ASCAP Standard Awards since 2000 as well as first prize in the 1997 College Music Society Mid Atlantic Chapter Student Composers Competition and first prize in the song division of the World Esperanto Association’s 1995 International Fine Arts Competition. The "Society and Esperanto" Foundation of Bulgaria named him an Honorary Life Member in 1994, and in 2006 the international organization Muzika Esperanto-Ligo awarded him the title of Honorary President in recognition of his usage of the international language Esperanto in his music.

Dr. Gaines has served on the faculty of New School University’s online Master of Media Technology degree program, for which he created the first Internet university-level music course for credit (on the history of electronic music technology), as well as University of Maryland University College, where he held the rank of adjunct associate professor.

Recent performances include the choral work Povas Plori Mi Ne Plu in Saint-Nazaire, France; The Lion Of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) in Baltimore; the piano reduction version of the Concerto for euphonium and orchestra at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; Duo for flute and tuba at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh; Lyric Fanfare for trombone and piano at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, the University of Oregon, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Shoreline Community College in Washington state; Five Miniatures for flute and euphonium at the University of Oklahoma; and the premiere of a new trombone concerto for Robert Kozánek (principal trombonist, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) as part of the 60th anniversary celebration in 2009 of the P. J. Vejvanovský Conservatory in Kromeríž, Czech Republic.

Outside of his musical activities, Dr. Gaines has been an animal welfare activist, shelter trainer, and an advocate for ferrets and other small mammals for many years. He currently serves as the volunteer director of legal and legislative affairs for the American Ferret Association.