David McGarvey currently serves as Music Director at Columbia United Christian Church. David began his formal music training at Oberlin and Peabody. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Howard Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Music degree from Towson University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Johns Hopkins University. David has studied piano with noted jazz pianist Alan Blackman and classical piano with concert pianist Dr. Lisa Rehwoldt.
Before coming to CUCC, David’s experience as a church musician included memberships in the Proclamation Choir (Amherst, OH) and Joyful Noise (Columbia, MD). The Proclamation Choir produced a self-titled recording; the Joyful Noise group recorded songs for the release, Christmas at New Hope.
As a co-founder of Moonstruck Jazz, David performs professionally on piano and bass in the Washington/Baltimore area. His composition “Paul’s Waltz” has been published in The Baltimore Real Book: Volume 1.
Since retiring from the United States Air Force Band as a Chief Master Sergeant in 2013, Carl has continued to perform, record and teach as a freelance musician as well as pursued his interest in church administration. Prior to joining CUCC, he worked at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington DC as an administrative assistant at their Hospitality Desk.
Over the course of his 27-year career with the United States Air Force Band, Carl served as Principal Clarinet of the United States Air Force Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, performing before five U.S. Presidents and for audiences in the Washington DC area, 49 of the 50 States, Europe and Russia. From 2010 -2013 he managed the Band’s evaluation/awards program and budget. Additionally, he was Music Director of The Prince William Symphony Orchestra in Manassas Virginia, conducting this professional ensemble to critical acclaim for 11 seasons.
Carl lives in Bowie, Maryland with his wife Dawn – a member of the US Navy Band – and their three cats: Taylor, Mya and Mitsy-Mittens.