Meet the Director

David O’Neill

Dave is a graduate of West Chester University, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education as a trumpet major. He has taught in the Colonial School District for 15 years, beginning at Conshohocken Elementary and then Colonial Middle School where he continues as the Instrumental Band Director. At Colonial Middle School Dave teaches daily music classes & group lessons and also directs the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band.

In 2006 Dave took a 2 year educational leave from Colonial to attend the University of Florida on a full scholarship. While at UF he was the assistant conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and played lead trumpet in the UF Jazz Band and piano in the UF Wind Symphony. In 2007 he recorded Maynard Ferguson’s “Maria” with the UF Jazz Band and played piano on the 2008 Wind Symphony CD.  In 2008 he graduated with a Masters degree in Piano Performance.

Dave maintains a busy schedule of teaching and performing. In addition to directing the Heat, he can be heard playing locally in high school musicals as well as A Touch of Brass, the Montgomery County Concert Band and currently directs and plays lead trumpet in the Montgomery County Jazz Band. Dave also maintains a private studio for trumpet and piano students.