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. His eclectic career spans 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 venues have extended from the White House, National Capitol, National Gallery of Art, Federal Departmental Auditorium and Arlington National Cemetery to concert halls in Chicago, New Orleans and Fort Myers, and in rural schools, neighborhood parks and disadvantaged Chicago schools. Conductors have included Arthur Fiedler and Morton Gould. He conducted the band and college-community orchestra at Manchester College, Indiana, and he held faculty and administrative positions at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond. David considers his most important work to have been as a high school band director in Cicero-Berwyn, Illinois. After appointment as 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 Gulf Coast University; when it opened in 1997, he retired. Since retirement, he has lectured and conducted in several parts of America and in seven European countries, including the Governors’ Orchestras of the Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod Regions of Russia. In 1995, he married Connie Dennis; their blended family consists of ten children, nine spouses, eighteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.