David Lalama is currently professor of music at Hofstra University and on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music. He received his doctorate in music composition from New York University and is active as a clinician and performer throughout the United States.
Dr. Lalama has performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, and numerous other jazz artists and continues actively to compose, arrange, and perform in the New York City metropolitan area. He is the director of the new Long Island Jazz Orchestra and has been featured in Hofstra University's Frank Sinatra Conference as a performer and conductor along with numerous jazz education programs for Carnegie Hall (JazzEd) and Friends Of The Arts (JazzLink). His most recent CD as a member of the Joe Ascione Trio, Post No Bills, is on the Arbors Record Label. He has also been a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series on National Public Radio.
Along with performing, Dr. Lalama has also published big band jazz arrangements and articles about MIDI techniques and software. He has received composition grants from the Society of Composers, Meet-the-Composers, New York State Council of the Arts, and several American universities and has recently been cited in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, published by Oxford University Press in 1999.
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1984.