David Alan Zuercher, principal trumpeter of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Zuercher began musical instruction at the age of eight with emphasis in piano, flute and percussion. At age eleven, inspired by recordings of solo trumpet with orchestra, Mr. Zuercher’s instrumental priority switched to trumpet.
The decision to make orchestral trumpet performance a career led him to study with Leon Rapier at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, other private teachers have included William Vacchiano (New York Philharmonic), Samuel Krauss (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
While on the staff of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, Mr. Zuercher was invited to Taiwan as principal trumpeter of the Taipei Philharmonic but, after graduating from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s Degree in orchestral performance in 1978, he chose to accept the invitation to perform with the symphony orchestra in Colorado Springs.
Mr. Zuercher’s solo, chamber and orchestral work have established him as an exceptional performer. He has performed in numerous clinic–recitals, as soloist with symphony orchestras and as a member of the King’s Brass, along with virtuoso trumpeter Robert Nagel.
In addition to maintaining his private music studio, Mr. Zuercher has served on the trumpet faculties of The Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College. Additionally, he is the founder of his own music publishing company, Sound Ideas Publications, which specializes in solo and ensemble selections for brass instruments.
Mr. Zuercher has been married to pianist Kelly McSweeney Zuercher since 1981.