Who's Who of Top Executives

Dr. David K. Bakken

Title: Creative Director
Company: David K. Bakken Creations
Location: San Jose, California, United States

David Bakken, Creative Director at David K. Bakken Creations, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

After initially earning a Bachelor of Arts in music performance and percussion in 1991 from San Jose State University, Dr. Bakken later followed with a Master of Education in 2016 in Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. He continued his education with a Doctor of Education in 2000 from Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Bakken holds a Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development credential via the National Hispanic University, as well as a music credential from San Jose State University.

Dr. Bakken began his career in music as a front ensemble coordinator and arranger as an undergraduate from 1987 to 1989 with the San Jose State University Spartan Marching Band. After graduation, he provided exemplary service as music director for several area high schools from 1993 through 2008. In 2010, he returned to San Jose State, where he resumed his former position as a front ensemble coordinator and arranger through 2017, serving in the same role with Branham High School in 2018 and also as a music director with the Evergreen School District from 2009 through 2021. Since 2021, he has served as executive director of David K. Bakken Creations. As an expert in band, choral, orchestral, and percussion music, Dr. Bakken has also maintained involvement as the music director for the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church since 1987.

Dr. Bakken is a two-time winner of World Championships in Percussion Ensemble in Drum Corps International and a finalist in the Bank of America Scholarship for excellence in music. To remain aware of changes and advancements in his field, he maintains affiliation with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), California Music Educators Association, California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) and California Band Directors Association (CBEA).

Dr. Bakken attributes his success to his late wife Rosemarie for all her encouragement, love, and support, as well as the gratification he fells when his students do well. Being able to perform at the Lucas Oil Stadium in front of 35,000 people on August 11, 2017 has been Dr. Bakken’s most notable accomplishment. It was a 50th anniversary drum corps with Mr. Scott Pearson, who hired him at San Jose State University originally, with the Santa Clara Band. In coming years, he hopes to start an online professorial work where he would teach educators in order to impart his knowledge and expertise in the field of music education

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