Dr. David Nabb

Professor of Music, Woodwinds & Music History

Office: FAB 226   |    Phone: (308) 865-8606   |    Email: nabbd@unk.edu

Dr. David Nabb


David Nabb is a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Born and raised in Iowa, he holds both a Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music degrees in Multiple Woodwind Performance from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas.

Since surviving a catastrophic stroke in 2000, Nabb has worked with Jeff Stelling to develop a saxophone that can be played with the right hand only.  Nabb has demonstrated his toggle-key saxophone throughout the world and is often asked to speak and write about music for persons with disabilities. In 2013, David Nabb and Jeff Stelling received the first-ever OHMI/Ars Electronica prize for their work on the toggle-key saxophone at Bruckner Hall in Linz, Austria. Previously, they received awards from VSA, NAMM, and NAPBIRT at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Nabb has written articles on music making for people with disabilities for number of national publications, including Music Educators Journal, Flöte Aktuell, The Flutist Quarterly, The Journal of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and The Journal of Research in Music Education.

Nabb has performed with his toggle-key saxophone at important venues around the world, including the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; Westminster Palace, London; Abbey Road Studios, London; National Theater, Bangkok, Thailand; Bruckner Hall, Linz, Austria; and Colston Hall, Bristol, England. For more information on the UNK One-Hand Woodwinds Program, follow this link.

Nabb's teaching experience include several years as a public school band director and three years as Director of Instrumental Music at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He served as Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University and was selected to be a member of the Teaching Excellency Fellowship Program at the University of North Texas. Many of Dr. Nabb's students have gained state, regional, and national recognition. In 2004, University of Nebraska President L. Dennis Smith named Dr. Nabb one of the University of Nebraska's "New Pioneers." David Nabb is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Eugene Rousseau saxophone mouthpieces.