David Keeffe is also a French horn player and composer, and was solo horn with Oakleigh City Band for 10 years before taking up the baton in September 2008. A relative newcomer to brass bands, David has conducted orchestras, opera and choirs, including the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir, the University of York G&S Society and the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra where he is currently assistant musical director.
As a horn player, David was Victorian State Champion for three years, and has performed concertos both in Melbourne and in England. As a composer, David has had works played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Excelsior Brass, and the Grainger Wind Symphony, and has had works broadcast by the BBC and 3MBS. He has written several works for brass band, notably the slow march “The Eleventh Day” which won its section in the 2006 Melbourne International Festival of Brass composition competition, and the quick march “Emerald Hill” which was one of four finalists in its section in the same competition.
David studied horn, composition and conducting at Trinity College of Music, London where he was awarded a Licenciate Diploma and at the University of York where he was awarded a BA in music. Recently he was awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College, London. David’s musical studies continue at the University of Melbourne where he is working towards a Master’s degree in composition.