David Caffey is an internationally recognized composer, arranger, conductor, and educator. His most recent CD, ALL IN ONE by the David Caffey Jazz Orchestra, was released in October 2018. DCJO’s first release, ENTER AUTUMN, was released in October 2015. David composed, arranged, conducted, and produced the music on both CDs. His compositions and arrangements have also appeared on CD albums released by The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band (Holmes), DekaJaz (Eclectikos), UNC Jazz Lab Band I (The Romeo & Juliet Project and Journey Home), and others. The David Caffey Jazz Orchestra was an invited performing group at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in January 2020 in New Orleans.
Caffey’s compositions and arrangements have been performed in concerts and festivals in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, England, France, Holland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and throughout the United States. He has won awards for musical composition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE). David’s currently published compositions are available from this website and UNC Jazz Press. Earlier compositions and arrangements were distributed by Kendor Music, Walrus Music Publishing, Southern Music, Campus Music Service, WIBC Publications, and Terrace Publications. All of his compositions are published and owned by HDC Music Publications. David has received recent commissions for new compositions and arrangements from Azusa Pacific University Jazz Ensemble, Riverside City College Jazz Ensemble, University of Northern Colorado Jazz Ensembles, Cal Poly University-Pomona Jazz Ensemble, and Santiago High School Jazz Ensemble.
Caffey has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor at music festivals, conferences, universities and schools throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He was inducted into the California Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 2011. He served as President of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) from 2004 to 2006 and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC).
David Caffey is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, where he served as Director of the School of Music from 2005 to 2013. His work as a college music professor and arts administrator spans 45 years and includes previous appointments in Jazz Studies at California State University - Los Angeles, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. He currently lives in Southern California, in the Los Angeles area.