David Plack was appointed to the wind band conducting and music education faculty at Florida State University in 2004 as the Director of Athletic Bands. His responsibilities in the area of athletic bands include the “world renowned” Marching Chiefs and FSU’s athletic pep band program, Seminole Sound, which primarily supports the men’s basketball program, the women’s basketball and volleyball programs, and provides numerous other performances in support of FSU athletics and the University at large.
Among other responsibilities in the areas of wind band conducting and music education, Dr. Plack assists with the supervision of music education intern teachers, teaches the Marching Band Techniques course, and conducts the University Concert Band. Dr. Plack was recently nominated for the prestigious University Teaching Award for his contributions and work with undergraduate students at FSU.
Dr. Plack graduated from Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia where his high school band director, Timothy Zabel, was a significant influence on his desire to become a music educator. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Music Education degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the Florida State University College of Music, where he studied with Richard Clary, Patrick Dunnigan, Clifford Madsen, Bentley Shellahamer, and his primary conducting teacher and mentor, James Croft. Prior to his collegiate teaching, Dr. Plack taught seven years at Vero Beach High School alongside James Sammons.
He holds active memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. Dr. Plack is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and holds honorary memberships in both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, serving as the faculty sponsor for both organizations at FSU. He currently serves as the President of the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association.
Dr. Plack is an active drill designer and arranger having provided numerous creative projects for the Marching Chiefs and other athletic band endeavors. He is also an active guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator.