Dr. David P. Eyler has been director of percussion studies at Concordia College since the fall of 1987. He is Director of the Concordia Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Choir. These two groups have released three compact discs: Wood, Metal, Skin; Christmas Favorites and Reckless. Before being appointed to the first full-time percussion position at Concordia, Eyler served in the unique position of Tri-College Percussionist for the consortium of North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Concordia College from 1987 to 2000. Eyler has a broad background in both public school and college teaching. He has directed elementary through high school concert and marching bands, university wind ensembles, been assistant conductor of the Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, acting director of Percussion Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Concordia College Jazz Ensemble.
As a professional performer, Eyler is Principal Timpanist of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 he premiered the Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, which he commissioned of composer and fellow professor, Russell Peterson. During his tenure with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Eyler has also been featured as marimba soloist, conducted the orchestra, served two consecutive terms on the Board of Trustees and was chair the Orchestra Committee. He has been principal percussionist of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Baton Rouge Opera orchestras, and has performed with the Columbus (Ohio), Lake Charles, Rapides, and Potomac Symphony Orchestras. He has been a guest soloist and conductor with numerous high school, college and community bands and orchestras throughout the U.S. Eyler’s original compositions and arrangements are published by Ludwig Masters Publishing Company, Music For Percussion, Per-Mus Publications, Pioneer Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, and the Musser Division of Selmer. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist Magazine, Percussive Notes Magazine, and The Percussionist Journal. Eyler is a six-term member of the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society and has served as president and vice president of the Minnesota Chapter as well as being a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Education, and College Pedagogy Committees at the international level. He has been very active as a clinician and adjudicator for marching band festivals, all-state band and orchestra festivals as well as district and state solo and ensemble contests throughout the United States. Eyler earned his degrees from Louisiana State University, The Ohio State University and Frostburg State University, and attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is also an educational clinician/endorser for Mike Balter Mallets, Evans Drumheads, Grover Pro-Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.