David Nelson attended Temple University for his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Percussion Performance. David has made a career of free-lance Percussion and Timpani work both in the Philadelphia area and around the world. As a Percussionist, David has been sought after to play with many different musical groups. He performs as an extra with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Orchestra 2001, a contemporary chamber group. In addition to Philadelphia's major orchestral groups, David performs with regional Orchestras such as the Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony and the Lancaster Symphony.
For the past six years David has been used in the Charleston Symphony (SC) for more than half of their subscription concerts. His travels also include performing with the Savannah Symphony, New World Symphony (FL) and performing with the Honolulu Symphony for the majority of a season. The last two years David has been invited to travel half way across the world to play with the Malaysia Philharmonic. As a Timpanist, David fills in for the Philly Pops Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Reading Symphony, and the Lancaster Symphony. He has also performed with many chamber and period groups within the Philadelphia area.
David and his wife Angela, section Percussionist and assistant Timpanist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, play together as a Percussion Duo. Their performances include educational master classes, educational concerts, and full-length recitals. David also enjoys spreading the world of percussion by teaching students at fine arts schools as well as instructing high school drum lines. He studied with Alan Abel and Glenn Steele at Temple University and has additional studies with Don Liuzzi, Cloyd Duff, and Jonathan Haas.