David Drillinger

David Drillinger

Instrument: Cornet

Member Since: December, 2005

Occupation: Retired high school band director; currently adjunct brass instructor, Lewis & Clark Community College

Mentors & Musical Heroes: Harold L. Hillyer, Doc Severinsen, Jim Loomis, Canadian Brass, and too many to list….

Favorite Brass Band Piece: Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke (actually most everything by Mr. Sparke!)


David W. Drillinger has been a performing musician for over 50 years. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts Degrees from Eastern Illinois University. Mr. Drillinger is an active performer with the St. Louis Brass Band, the Bi-State Brass Quintet, the Metro-East Brass Quintet, and the Alton Municipal Band. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in Illinois and Missouri. Mr. Drillinger was honored by his peers in 1999, being selected to conduct the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Band. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lewis & Clark Community College.

Professional memberships include National Association for Music Education; Illinois Music Educators Association; American School Band Directors Association, where he served as the 2004 national convention logistics chair and is presently the Illinois State President; International Trumpet Guild; National Band Association. Mr. Drillinger is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the International Who’s Who of Music and Musicians and Who’s Who in America.

David lives in Godfrey, Illinois with his wife Gail, son Eric, and dog Riva. Their daughter, Claire, also a musician, has gone over to the dark side and resides in Chicago, working at Quinlan-Fabish Music.