Meet the Musician
Chief Musician David R. Babich,
Chief Musician David Babich, originally from Amherst, Ohio, joined the Navy Band in May 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Music in education and saxophone performance, summa cum laude, from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Northwestern University where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Prior to joining the Navy, Babich performed with the Pittsburgh Opera for their production of the Grapes of Wrath and he was the private saxophone instructor at two suburban Chicago schools. He has performed with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, and the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra, and in 2006 was principal saxophone in the National Wind Ensemble which performed at Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared in the Faenza International Saxophone Festival in Faenza, Italy.
An active soloist, Babich won the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition and performed Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the BGSU Philharmonia. He was also a prize winner in the Lima Symphony Young Artists’ Competition and the Agnes Fowler Competition. Additionally, Chief Babich has commissioned and premiered a variety of works including pieces for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet, saxophone and interactive computer, and saxophone and CD accompaniment. He is also the leader of the Navy Band Saxophone Quartet. His teachers include Frederick Hemke, John Sampen, Paul Cohen, Gunnar Mossblad, and Edward Zapor.