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​David Hastings
​David Hastings

Professor of Saxophone & Music Theory

NFAC 302

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  • B.M. - Northwestern University
  • M.M. - Northwestern University

Courses Taught

  • Applied Saxophone
  • Musicianship (Music Theory and Ear-Training) for first-year music students


Throughout his 30-year career in higher education, David Hastings has developed a devotion to teaching and learning, a broad performance career and a dedication to service on many levels.

David Hastings’ training includes degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University as a student of Frederick L. Hemke. Through his ongoing study with prominent and diverse educators such as jazz pianists David Berkman and Kenny Werner, pedagogue-composer Marianne Ploger and saxophonists Donny McCaslin, Eugene Rousseau and Donald Sinta, he has kept his skills as a performer sharp and has developed insights in teaching that continue to benefit his students.

Mr. Hastings’ career-long development as a teacher has included participation as a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar and as a recipient of numerous teaching grants. He was awarded the first UWSP Student Government Award for Outstanding Teaching.

A dedicated performer of both classical and jazz music, Mr. Hastings has presented concerts at the local, state, regional and international levels. He performs as a member of The New Trio jazz group and Voyageur Saxophone Quartet and has been featured in solo settings with numerous ensembles including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Bands at UWSP.

Professor Hastings' service work extends beyond the department to university and state levels. On campus, his committee work with assessment, curriculum, diversity and retention connects to his overarching passion for teaching and learning. At the state level, he continues his primary work as the UWSP Faculty Representative and member of the Executive Committee to OPID – a UW-System organization that supports the scholarship of teaching and learning and professional development. In recognition of his service to UWSP, Professor Hastings was recently awarded a 2011-2012 University Service Award. 


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