Name: David Baird
Instrument(s): Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Favorite Artist/Group: Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Maria Schneider Orchestra
Favorite Chart: Wyrgly by Maria Schneider, The Diver by Matt Harris, Minuano (6/8) by Pat Metheny Group
About me: David Baird has been a member of the Heartland Jazz Orchestra since 2008. A native of Lake Bluff, IL, he began playing piano and trumpet in elementary school and by 8th grade, he was studying privately with current lead trumpet of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Mark Olen. This love of music lead David to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he studied Jazz and Classical trumpet with Andrew Classen, and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. His teaching experience has been teaching band in public schools in Iowa and Illinois.
Now, after switching career paths from education to business, David still enjoys listening to and playing music of all kinds. In his free time, he loves traveling, reading, and of course spending time with his wife Maia and son Gavin.