P. David Visnaw II, Instrumental Music Director at Anchor Bay High School, New Baltimore, MI, received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Michigan State University, a Masters of Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. He has been a performer with area jazz ensembles and Salsa Bands and has been a private saxophone instructor for over 25 years.
Currently in his 21st year of teaching instrumental music in the Anchor Bay School District, Mr. Visnaw serves as the director of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, 9th Grade Bands, and Musical Pit Orchestra at Anchor Bay High School. The Marching and Concert Bands have performed in Toronto, St. Louis, New York, and at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and the school’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble have performed at the annual Michigan Music Conference on multiple occasions. The Anchor Bay HS Jazz Ensemble has been recognized as one of the best in the state with numerous performances at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, awards at the CMU Jazz Festival, and consistent First Division ratings at the MSBOA State Jazz Festival. The overall Anchor Bay School District Music Program has been recognized as one of the “Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America” by the American Music Conference in 2006 and the “Award of Distinction” by the American School Band Director’s Association in 2015.
In 1999, Mr. Visnaw was twice recognized for excellence in teaching by receiving the Macomb Country “Teacher of the Week” from the Detroit News, and the WDIV High School “Teacher of the Year” Award from the Anchor Bay School District. Branching out from ABHS, Mr. Visnaw has conducted the East Shore Honors Band, an ensemble of gifted high school musicians from Macomb, St. Clair, Lapeer, and Sanilac Counties. He has also served as Vice-President of Marching Band as well as Band & Orchestra Activities for the MSBOA District XVI. In 2003, Mr. Visnaw was honored by being inducted as a member into the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) and was the District XVI Teacher of the Year for the 2008-2009 school year.
P. David Visnaw II, Director of Bands
Anchor Bay High School
6319 County Line Road
Fair Haven, Michigan 48023
Phone: 586.648.2500, ext. 2359