Faculty Spotlight: Dr.David Brooks

Professors have lives too???

Andrew Elliott, Staff Writer

As one of the piano instructors for the Wingate University Music Department, Dr. David Brooks, is able to show his musical ability as well as share his ability with his students. He started at Wingate three years ago and has been here ever since.

Where are you from originally?

I was born in New York, I grew up in Seattle, and then went back to New York to go to college.

What college did you go to?

I went to Stony Brook to receive my doctorate.

Do you have family here?

Well, I don’t have kids. It’s just my and Annie (my wife). But, we both have family back in Seattle and all around the country.

You seem to like traveling. What are your interests when you’re in the classroom and what are your interest outside the classroom?

I enjoy all kinds of music. But, I really enjoy modern music; the kind of music that most audiences would not like when they first listen to it. I believe that they can enjoy it if they give it a listen. As for outside the classroom, non musical things (laughs). I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling. I like being there, but I don’t like getting there. I also enjoy reading about conspiracy theories and enjoying excellent coffee.  

What is your favorite food?

Oh man, that’s a tough one; I like all kinds of food. But, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Indian food; there are so many different ways it can be served. Either that or Korean food, but I know of very few, if any Korean food places here (laughs).

After knowing for the past year, I’ve noticed that you like to wear hats and socks with cool designs. Where did you get your sense of fashion?

(laughs) I’m not sure! I think the socks thing started a few years ago when I accidentally wore some colorful socks for a concert instead of black and people commented positively.  I guess I kept at it because the socks are one of the few opportunities for guys to introduce a little flair…

Edited by: Sara Gunter

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