David C. McCormick, tuba, is in the Gulf Coast Symphony because performing great music stimulates and gratifies the emotions, intellect, spirit, aesthetic sense and physical well-being. He has eclectic experiences spanning membership in The United States Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”) of Washington, D.C., to academic vice president and interim president of the University of Louisiana System. Orchestra, band and quintet performance sites have extended from the White House, the National Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery to concert halls in Washington, Chicago, New Orleans and Fort Myers, and rural schools, disadvantaged Chicago schools and neighborhood parks. Conductors have included Arthur Fiedler and Morton Gould. He conducted the band and college-community orchestra at Manchester College, Indiana. David considers his most important work to have been as a high school band director in Cicero-Berwyn, Illinois. After being a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, he moved to Florida in 1993 as dean and chief executive officer of the University of South Florida Fort Myers Campus, charged with expanding that branch unit to become the core of Florida Gould Coast University; when it opened in 1997, he retired. In 1995, he married Connie Dennis; their blended family consists of ten children, eight spouses, eighteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Since retirement, he has lectured and conducted in America and in seven European countries, including the Governors’ Orchestras of the Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod Regions, Russia.