Dr. David P. Eyler has been Director of Percussion Studies at Concordia College since the fall of 1987. He is Director of the Concordia Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Choir. Before being appointed to the first full-time percussion position at Concordia, Dr. Eyler served in the unique position of Tri-College Percussionist for the consortium of North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Concordia College from 1987 to 2000.
Professor Eyler has a broad background in both public school and college teaching. He has directed elementary through high school concert and marching bands, university wind ensembles, been Assistant Conductor of the Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, Acting Director of Percussion Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Concordia College Jazz Ensemble.
As a professional performer, Dr. Eyler is Principal Timpanist of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. He has been a guest soloist and conductor with numerous high school, college and community bands and orchestras throughout the US.
Dr. Eyler’s original compositions and arrangements are published by Ludwig Masters Publishing Company, Music For Percussion, Per-Mus Publications, Pioneer Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, and the Musser Division of Selmer.
Dr. Eyler was a three-term member of the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society and has served as President and Vice President of the Minnesota Chapter as well as being a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Education, and College Pedagogy Committees at the international level. He has been very active as a clinician and adjudicator for marching band festivals, all-state band and orchestra festivals as well as district and state solo and ensemble contests throughout the United States.
Dr. Eyler earned his degrees from Louisiana State University, The Ohio State University and Frostburg State University, and attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is also an Educational Clinician/Endorser for Mike Balter Mallets, Encore Mallets, Grover Pro-Percussion, Pro-Mark Sticks, and Sabian Cymbals.