David J. Ashcraft

Profile Updated: August 14, 2015
Residing In: Tucson, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Joan Ashcraft
Occupation: U of A Music Education Instructor; Conductor; Arts Consultant; Editor
Children and Grandchildren: Christopher David Ashcraft - Sahuaro HS Class of 1998; Executive Director, Community Performance and More…Arts Center Foundation - Green Valley; Married to Amy Stark Ashcraft - Sahuaro Class of 1998; child: Andrew Christopher Ashcraft (born April 7, 2009); child: Ryan William Ashcraft (born June 1, 2011)

Timothy Allen Ashcraft - Sahuaro Class of 2003; Captain, US Army; AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopter Pilot: Former Commander, C Co./1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion/501st Combat Aviation Brigade - Fort Bliss, TX; Deployed to Afghanistan for 20 months between June 2010 to October 2013; currently a masters student in AME at the U of A; Married to Ashley Ross Ashcraft - Sahuaro Class of 2003; child: Adeline Claire Ashcraft (born November 13, 2012); child: Lincoln James Ashcraft (born December 19, 2014)
School Story:

Sahuaro was a life-changing experience. What a privilege it was to be part of the opening of a new school, and to be selected as the first Student Body President. I have so many fond memories of Band, Choir, Yearbook, Student Council, Boys State and the great times with wonderful classmates, many of whom are still friends today.

I remember helping to lift Mr. Webb's car onto a high sidewalk after a football game so he couldn't drive home. (Yes, we eventually got it down for him . . .) There were special moonlight horseback rides down the Tanque Verde with Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Foust, Sharon Graham and other friends. One night I was "kidnapped", thrown into the back of a car in a burlap bag, and taken to 31 Flavors for a quart of ice cream, followed by several carnival rides at Oxford Plaza. (I even lived to tell the story . . .) Who could forget Sahuaro's first State Basketball Championship at the Colosseum in Phoenix, or our Senior Prom ("Camelot") in the Cafeteria?

I continue to enjoy monthly breakfasts with Harry and Fran Johnson, Al Slawson, Bill Ismay, Bill Iveson, Woody Beehler and many others who helped to build and shape Sahuaro. One of the highlights of my year is attending the annual Sahuaro Cougar Foundation Breakfast and Hall of Fame Induction in October.

Anything else you want to tell us or maybe what would we be surprised to know about you?

I attended the University of Arizona, subsequently earning Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees in music. Following William B. Iveson, I served as Choral Director at Sahuaro for 33 years (also teaching AP Music Theory, Music History and Guitar, and chairing the Fine Arts Department). I stepped down from Sahuaro in 2007 to pursue other professional ventures and volunteer work. It has been a pleasure serving on numerous local, state and national boards and committees, as well as conducting, consulting and clinicing upon invitation while mentoring and assisting music teachers. I served as a part-time faculty member at Northern Arizona University, supervising music teacher candidates in Southern Arizona for five years. In Fall 2015, I joined the U of A Fred Fox School of Music as a Music Education Instructor.I have also enjoyed freelance writing and have served as an editor for several publications. One of the greatest honors of my life was to have the Sahuaro Fine Arts Building named the "David Ashcraft Center for Performing Arts" in 2008. I continue to perform in the Egbert Auditorium in productions of Arts Express, and also assist the Sahuaro music program, as well as other music programs in the Tucson schools.

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