David Philippus was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Thanks to the influence of strong music programs in middle and high school, Mr. Philippus has carved out an exciting and successful path for himself in music and education. Music has allowed him to travel the world and has introduced him to unique experiences. At an early age Mr. Philippus was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Grammy Band in New York City where he learned to love Big Band Jazz and to love New York City. After earning his bachelors in Jazz Performance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on the trombone, he followed his passion for performing to New York City where he freelanced in salsa bands and jazz clubs, and subbed on Broadway in the orchestra pit for Hairspray. He also toured the east coast with the Artie Shaw Band. After finishing his masters in Jazz Performance from the State University of New York at Purchase, Philippus took a job in Japan for a year, playing in a wide variety of ensembles. Upon returning to the states, Philippus decided to return to Las Vegas where he played with Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, Michel Legrand, Neil Sedaka, Frankie Vallie, The OJ's, Michael Grimm, Hugh Jackman, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and many more. He also performed with Phantom of the Opera the Las Vegas Spectacular, The Producers, Legends in Concert, Spamalot, Lion King, Show Stoppers, and is involved in a lot of the productions that come through the Smith Center including Wicked and Book of Mormon. Currently you can hear him play with Donny and Marie at the Flamingo. His love for music and education has brought him to the Adelson Campus in 2011, where he has helped to build the same kind of inspiring band program that motivated his career, and his involvement in the theater and the art community continues to fuel his passion for building a strong overall arts program here at Adelson.