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 member of the inaugural North American Saxophone Alliance DEIBA Committee, and is Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Born and raised in Iowa, he holds both B.M. and M.M. degrees in Multiple Woodwind Performance from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas.

Since surviving a catastrophic stroke 2000, David has worked with Jeff Stelling to develop a professional saxophone that can be played with the right hand only. 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. In 2011, they received awards from VSA, NAMM and NAPBIRT at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. More recently, Dr. Nabb was selected via a worldwide casting call to be featured in the cast and the musical soundtrack for BBC's 2016 Paralympics television commercial "We're the Superhumans." This video had more than 50 million views online, and won dozens of international awards, including Grand Prix at the 2017 Cannes Lions Festival.

Nabb has written articles on music making for people with disabilities for many national and international publications, including Teaching MusicMusic Educators Journal Medical Problems of Performing ArtistsFlöte AktuellThe Flutist QuarterlyThe Journal of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and The Journal of Research in Music Education.

Video of Nabb’s saxophone performance of Blue Caprice has been selected to go on permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Royal College of Music directly across from Royal Albert Hall in  London, England beginning summer 2020.

David Nabb is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and plays exclusively on Eugene Rousseau saxophone mouthpieces.


UNK News:

The Gift of Music: Lincoln girl receives one-handed saxophone through UNK program