Dr. David Bohnert
Professor of Music and Director of Bands



Dr. David Bohnert is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wayne State College where he teaches courses in conducting, applied trumpet, music education, music theory and brass methods, as well as serving as director for the WSC Wind Ensemble and Marching Band.  He holds the Bachelor of Music (Trumpet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Southeast Missouri State University.  He earned the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands.  He has done post-graduate study at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he completed the DMA (Trumpet Performance).


Bohnert is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor for ensembles in the Midwest and is a popular adjudicator at music competitions throughout the United States.  Recent conducting engagements include the Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Honor Band, Nebraska Class C All-State Band, Nebraska Class C All-State Jazz Band, and the Masonic All-Star Marching Band.  He has presented clinics at numerous High Schools and Universities as well as the Nebraska State Bandmasters and Nebraska Music Educators Conventions.

An active performer, Bohnert plays regularly with A Touch of Brass, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Municipal Band, in addition to maintaining an active solo recital schedule.  He has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild convention and the American Guild of Organists conference.


In 2009, David was selected for the WSC/State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award and was recently inducted into Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmasters Fraternity). He also serves on the executive board for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association and is on the Recording Reviews staff for the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild.

He resides in Wayne with his wife Melissa and their three sons, Ethan, Aidan, and Nolan.


Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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