Dr. David Marchand retired in 2001 from Towson University in Maryland after serving thirty years in the music department: thirteen as Head of Music Education, seventeen as department chairperson. During that period, he was active as an adjudicator and guest conductor in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 1977, he was elected as President of the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) and, two years later, was a candidate for President of the Eastern Division of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). In 1995, Dr. Marchand was appointed to the MMEA Hall of Fame.
Dr. Marchand earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in the spring of 1970 having studied with Robert Petzold. His research is centered on the improvement of teaching methods and strategies. He has published in the Council for Research in Music Education as well as in the Journal of Research in Music Education.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Marchand spent four years (1962-1966) teaching music to the children enrolled in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany. In Heidelberg, he designed a unique Humanities program, the core of which is still part of the entire DoDDS curriculum.
Dr. Marchand taught for several years in the public schools of Minnesota following his graduation with a bachelor's degree in 1957 from Bemidji State University and a master's degree from the University of Illinois in 1960.