Dave McCarthy is a native of the Greater Boston area, and began his marching career with the 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1981. From 1988 to 1991 he was a member of The Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps. As a member of the 1990 Cadets, Dave was part of both the DCI World Championship, and High Percussion Award. Upon aging out of Drum Corps Dave taught the Boston Crusaders and The Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years he has worked with and consulted for high school band programs in Massachusetts, Georgia and most recently Florida.
Dave is currently a visual judge for Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion Division. In addition to his adjudication with WGI, Dave has judged nationally for many regional circuits including the SCPA, MAPS, SCGC, SAPA, IPA, FFCC, and SFWGA. Dave is also a nationally recognized visual judge during marching band season.
From 1995 to 2001 Dave was part of the design team for King Philip Regional High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble. King Philip was a finalist in the WGI Scholastic World Class each year including the 2000 WGI PSW Gold medalist. From 1997 to 2006, Dave served as the Marching Caption Head for the two-time BOA Grand National Champion Lassiter High School Marching Band of Marietta, Georgia. Dave continues to maintain a consulting role with the Lassiter marching band program.
Dave currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Shoie and his beautiful daughter Ava. Dave earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from Southern New Hampshire University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.