April 24, 2017

Our School

Our School

What is a Guild?

Guilds or gilds, economic and social associations of persons engaging in the same business or craft, typical of Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Membership was by profession or craft, and the primary function was to establish local control over that profession or craft by setting standards of workmanship and price, by protecting the business from competition, and by establishing status in society for members of the guild.

 

About the Founder

Mr. David is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is a homeschooling dad and a 12 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and Air Force Reserve.

His introduction to music came by way of his father Watson L. David Sr. At age 7  young David remembers coming home from school to the record player playing  “Minuet in G” by Bach and his father playing along on violin. This sparked his interest in music. At times his father would play “Country Roads” by John Denver on guitar and young David would play along on his “flutophone.”

As his father cleaned the church and prepared the sacraments for Sunday service, young David would practice on the church’s piano. In one instance, in the 4th grade, young david played the complete theme song to Masterpiece Theater on his flutophone. His band instructor overheard him playing and was so impressed that he took young David to various classes throughout the school to play the theme song for them. In the 5th grade young David tried his hand at learning trumpet but was given a rather harsh assessment by the new band instructor. “Son, you got some buck teeth. You can’t play trumpet.” So he was introduced to the flute instead. In spite of the teasing about his instrument being “a girl’s instrument,” he was persistent about learning his instrument as much as possible. In middle school he started out in beginning band but was transferred mid year into intermediate band. He was the only male flautist in the 8th grade and had acquired the position of 1st flute, 1st chair. It was during this time that he learned to transpose and arrange music. When he was of age, young David would play in the hand bell choir of which his father was the director and arrange/transpose parts for other kids who played an instrument.

His reputation preceded him on the high school level unbeknownst to him. After auditioning to join the Charlotte Amalie High School Band, young David was the ONLY freshman to hold a 1st flute position. He sat second chair to the senior classman who was the best flautist in the section.

Young David taught himself saxophone so that he could join the High School jazz ensemble. He was moved from alto to baritone sax and eventually ended up on drums thanks to scheduling. He arranged the tune “Hey Jude,” for a 102 piece concert band. His band instructor liked the arrangement that she chose it for the high school graduation musical selection.

Mr. David studied music education and performance at the College of the Virgin Islands. He played marimba and drum set for the Jazz Band. At age 16 he was enlisted into the Navy as a Gas Turbine Engineer for fast advancement but still had many collateral duties involving music. He arranged music for fellow musicians in his boot camp company that was called “Triple Threat.” This unique company consisted of the band, choir and drill team. At his various commands and duty stations Mr. David sang for retirement, promotional ceremonies and even funerals. made vocal arrangements for acappella groups of which he was a part.

Mr. David has given after school instruction on various instruments to private school students, taught music to kindergarten through 12th grade and He has served as an adopted dad to some of the teens in his band class, who needed guidance in life decisions. He played piano and sax at various churches.He has composed and  produced scores for film students at Regent University and for various plays. He’s had the privilege of directing a 96 member children’s choir. He has also sung at weddings, conferences and banquets with his wife, also directed a community choir of teenagers.

\Both Mr. David and his wife have served as Elders in times past. He currently sings and plays his instruments in the music ministry of All Nations Church and is looking forward to partnering with you in enhancing you and your child’s life.