David Williams was born in Enon Valley, Pennsylvania in 1953. He attended West Virginia University where he earned degrees in music education, music history, and music composition. He studied composition with Thomas Canning and John Beall, orchestration with William Winstead, musicology with Barton Hudson and Christopher Wilkinson, and conducting with Don Wilcox.
Williams has composed over 100 works including over20 pieces for wind band or wind ensemble as well asmusic for chamber ensembles, orchestra, keyboard,and liturgical functions. His works for wind bandinclude a symphony, a timpani concerto, aDivertimento and a number of evocative pieces such as Newton's Planetarium, And theMarches after Twilight, and the critically acclaimed Dark Dreams of a Circus Bandstand.He composed Four Grotesques for Timpani, one of the most widely performed works fortimpani in the last thirty years.
He lives in Dunbar, West Virginia with his wife Joyce. He is a music specialist forKanawha County Schools and conducts the West Virginia Youth Symphony WindEnsemble. Since 1990, he has been the classical music critic for the CharlestonGazette. In 2004, he was one of the first group of Fellows in the National Endowmentfor the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University.