David Betancourt


David Betancourt has been the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California since 1998.  He is the conductor for the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Community Band, Orchestra, Community Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.  He also directs the Pep Band and Pop/Rock Ensemble.  Beyond performing as the showcase ensemble at various jazz and band festivals, the bands at Cerritos College take great pride in performing in countless civic events and participating in social outreach at hospitals and shelters. Dr. Betancourt facilitated the collaboration with the youth organization Impulse, which led to the addition of numerous courses as well as the development of a national reputation for Cerritos College in the Drum and Bugle Corps international circuit. He was chair of the music department from 2008-2011 and was the director of the California State University Wind Ensemble from 2008-2011, subsequently initiating and directing the Studio Arts Ensemble at Norco College in 2012. In addition, Dr. Betancourt has been a supervisor for the Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California since the inception of the MAT program.  Previous to his appointments in Southern California, Dr. Betancourt was Assistant Director of Bands at Northern Arizona University. He began his music education career as the Director of Instrumental Music of Hopedale Junior/Senior High School in Hopedale, Massachusetts. Whether he is rehearsing his own ensembles, conducting an honor band, presenting at leadership or music conferences, or giving a keynote address, his passion for “teaching about life through music with positive forward momentum” is a central theme that is woven into his career and lifestyle.

Dr. Betancourt has been the coordinator of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Cerritos College since 2012, developing an extensively vibrant program of professional development opportunities for the entire college faculty. He is also the chair for the CC Academic Affairs Committee while simultaneously sitting on numerous campus committees. Dr. Betancourt holds a DMA in music education from the University of Southern California, an MM in instrumental conducting from Northern Arizona University, and a BM in music education and performance from Berklee College of Music.  He is an avid music educator and is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of concert, jazz, and marching bands.  He has arranged for wind band, jazz ensemble, marching band, latin, and pop genres.  He has performed with such notables as Roy Hargrove, Tony Hart, Geoff Keezer, and Ingrid Jensen.  Dr. Betancourt is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, NAfME, CBDNA, CMEA, ITG, CMS, SCSBOA, and the President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC).