Professor David Betancourt's Bio

professor David Betancourt holding a trumpet


(Full-time Faculty)
Director of Bands and Orchestra 
562.860.2451 ext. 2631

David Betancourt is in his 15th year as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. 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. Dr. Betancourt was chair of the music department from 2008-2011. He 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 is also the chair for the CC Academic Affairs Committee and is the newly appointed coordinator for the CC Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition, Dr. Betancourt is the current director for the Norco College Studio Arts Ensemble and supervisor for the Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California. He was the director of the California State University Wind Ensemble from 2008-2011. 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. 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 also has arranging and composing credits in the wind band, jazz ensemble, 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, MENC, CBDNA, CMEA, ITG, CMS, SCSBOA, and the president-elect of the Music Association of California Community Colleges.

David Betancourt posing with a conductor stick