Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Programs
Dr. David Mruzek is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Hanover College in southern Indiana. The ensembles under his direction include the Concert Band, College-Community Orchestra, and Jazz Band. He also coordinates several chamber ensembles, and teaches Music Literature and instrumental lessons.
He holds a Bachelor of Education (Music) degree from the University of Toledo. Both of his advanced degrees are from Ohio State University, where he served as a teaching assistant in the Music History Department. For his doctoral dissertation on "The Warriors" of Percy Grainger, Dr. Mruzek was awarded the Grainger Medallion from the International Percy Grainger Society.
Prior to Hanover College, Dr. Mruzek taught at Dodge City Community College (KS), Colby Community College (KS), and Columbus State Community College (OH). In the fall of 2004, Dr. Mruzek was selected as the Outstanding College Music Educator for the Northwest District of the Kansas Music Educators Association.
For eleven years, Dr. Mruzek was a member of the 122nd Army Band of the Ohio Army National Guard, advancing to the rank of sergeant. He served as principal clarinetist and librarian for this ensemble. In 1994, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for distinguished service.
Dr. Mruzek is also a composer of original works for concert band, with over twenty works to his credit. His compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the United States Military Academy Band, the Indiana Wind Symphony, the Angelo State University Symphonic Band, and the Ohio State University Concert Band. Three of his works are published, "Early One Morning March," "Boy Scout Centennial," and "Apollo Anniversary." In addition, his text entitled "Contemporary Rhythm Drills for Band and Orchestra" was recently published by the Kjos Company of San Diego, CA.
Dr. Mruzek is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. In July of 2005 and 2010, he served as the Assistant Band Director for the National Boy Scout Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. He looks forward to returning to this position for the 2013 National Jamboree. Four of his band compositions were written to honor the Boys Scouts, "Boy Scout Centennial", "Order of the Arrow", "The Eagle Scouter", and "Camp Louis Ernst."
B.E. (Music), University of Toledo; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University