David William Seiberling

david seiberling

David William Seiberling of Cameron NC, age 78 passed away at his home on Sunday, March 12, 2023. He was born in Barberton, Ohio on August 16,1944. David was preceded in death by his parents, Robert William and Jean Radcliff Seiberling and older brother James Seiberling.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years: Linda Seiberling of Cameron, NC; son: Ellis Seiberling and Yvonne Holden of New Orleans, LA brother: Charles Seiberling of Barberton Ohio; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

David attended Appalachian State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. He was the band director at Union Pines and North Stokes High Schools. He continued to teach music at UNC-Pembroke and Sandhills Community College. When available, he judged band competitions and created band arrangements. David was the conductor of the Moore County Concert Band for 40 years. David served his country in the 348th Army Band. He performed with the Platters, The Four Tops and Phatt City.

A private memorial service is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Pines High School Band or Cameron Presbyterian Church. You can make checks out to the Union Pines Band and address the envelope to: The Union Pines Band Attn: Rob Hill, Band Director 1981 Union Church Road Cameron, NC 28326 or Cameron Presbyterian Church PO Box 68 Cameron, NC  28326. 

Online condolences may be offered at www.PinesFunerals.com. Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Seiberling family.

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  1. A true gentleman, even if he did throw the occasional baton to make a point. His genuine good-nature and ready smile will be missed, along with his wry sense of humor. Godspeed, “Dad,” as I’m sure you’ll be directing and also playing an instrument at the Best Orchestra Ever in your next stage! Blessed be – and hugs to you, “Mom” (Linda), as I wish you all the strength you can muster. Love to you all!

  2. I met David as a band director in Georgia at the Spirit of Atlanta band directors camp in 1983. He helped make my transition to NC much easier when I came here in 1984. We chatted, competed against each other, celebrated, and judged bands together for many years. He was always a gentleman and exhibited extreme knowledge in the area of music, bands, photography, VW buses, and life. He loved his family, playing trombone, life and was always learning. My prayers are for his family. I will miss my friend!

  3. A true friend to so many. Dave was always ready to give you a helping hand when needed. I always enjoyed bringing my bands down to Union Pines to compete. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace dear friend.

  4. So sorry for the family’s loss. I had the opportunity to set under his leadership in the Union Pines High School Band, class of 1982, and the Moore County Community Band. He was a very Christian man.

  5. One of my all-time favorite teachers and people. I loved that I was able to stay in contact after so many years through Facebook. He will be missed but his legacy will carry on. Prayers for Linda, Ellis and family.

  6. Dave was both a remarkable man and musician. The students, colleagues and audiences he inspired are countless and will feel his absence greatly. God’s peace be with his family and all he touched through the years.

  7. We are thankful that our paths crossed with Dave’s. We always enjoyed our interesting conversations and his musical contributions to church and the community. Dave’s humility was admirable. He enjoyed and used his talents but did not brag about them, but he did occasionally brag about Ellis! Perhaps heaven now has an additional trombone accompanying the angels’ harps. Love to you both Linda and Ellis. We will miss Dave, his music and his sense of humor.

  8. I was one of many David tried to teach to play an instrument in New Horizon’s Band. He was a good teacher but I was a hard case to teach. I loved flute. I strugged to learn how to play this instrument, never having played an instrument at all or learned how to read music sheets. Then I broke my arm & could not hold up my flute to play.

    I often ran into David at different marching band competitions, most usually at Union Pines H. S. & Pinecrest H.S. My love of band music has kept me attending these competitions since moving to the Sandhills in the 60’s.

    Sending out much love to David’s family. I will miss running into him at these events.

    Cynthia Shear
    Carthge, N.C.

  9. My deepest condolences to you Linda & the entire family. Alan always admired Dave’s music talent & loved being part of the concert band. You both were a wonderful part of our life in NC. Take care of yourself and find comfort in all your wonderful memories.

  10. I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a devoted and talented band instructor and family man. I cherish the years i knew him as a friend and colleague. May your family find peace and solace as you adjust to life without him. In my prayers, Evelyn Vest-Arnold

  11. Incredible teacher and person. He touched many lives and will be remembered fondly. Thanks SeiberDog for being you!

  12. I knew David a lot of years as a co-worker. He was a powerful figure in the world of high school marching bands and his students always performed well in both the marching and playing. I remember one time I was watching them practice and he was giving a “lecture” on where the toe should be – at the beginning of a yard marker and not on the yard marker. That attention to detail showed in their performances.

    I also had the privilege of watching his leadership with the Moore County Concert Band. He seemed to bring out the best in amateur talents.

    A fine man. A great educator and I was honored to be his friend.

  13. Linda. I’m so sorry to hear of David’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers 🙏🏻

  14. I am grieving and deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing. He was one of the first friends I met when my wife and moved to Moore County. He always went the extra mile to be of help and service to me, others, and to the community as a whole. Oh how he raved about Ellis and his playing. And with good reason! My wife and I love the photo cards we have from David, and if you ever come to my house you will see hanging next to the dining room, an enlarged photo David took and framed and gave to me as a gift when we had lunch a few months ago. He had an expert photographer’s eye for getting to the substance of the subject matter. He knew he did, we talked about it. His photos are world class. He would offer knowledge, wisdom, insight and advice about music, instruments etc. He had a subtle, dry wit which was extraordinary. I imagine that you folks who had the honor or working with him will treasure that experience forever. He was my friend. I’m grateful to God for putting him in my life.

  15. Linda and Ellis, I was so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. He was such a talented, wonderful, loving and fun person; he always seemed larger than life! I will always remember his (and your) kindness to me and my family. He was always ready with a smile, a story, willing to open his heart and his home to us whenever we dropped by. His talent and joy in music was generously shared and was a gift to so many. He didn’t just share his music…I will always remember how he shared Ellis’ old swing set with two little children who needed one!! I am grateful to have had the chance to know him. I am so sorry for your loss of his presence and am thinking of you with much love and many prayers for comfort.

  16. One of my first and most influential music teachers. I was fortunate to learn from Mr. Seiberling for 6th, 7th, and then 9th-12th grade. Fond and lasting memories of marching band competitions, great concerts, and fun trips. I enjoyed running in to him and Mrs. Seiberling in the years since my graduation. It was like no time had passed and he was always curious about what musical thing I was up to at the moment. My wishes for peace and comfort go to Mrs. Seiberling and Ellis, and to all who loved and cared for Dave. A life well lived!

  17. When I moved to Pinehurst in 2007 and had successful heart surgery, I had the great pleasure to meet David and become a member of the Zipper Club. He has kept this group together and performed great service to the Reid Heart Center. For that we thank him and we will continue in the manner we were taught. Many thanks David for all your efforts. God speed

  18. I first met David Sberling when I was in the 7th grade in Stokes county schools. He asked me to switch from trumpet to French horn? I didn’t even know what a French horn was and now I own two. Besides the fact that he was not that much older than us and had a deep love of a variety of music, he actually played with a rock and roll band at a couple of dances that North Stokes had. The rock group Chicago was one of his favorites at that time, and it became one of mine. This young music teacher took six of us students in his car to hear a contemporary concert performed at the Reynolds auditorium in Winston-Salem. One of the pieces played was from the movie “Ben Hur”. Six French horns played the theme from that movie with gusto and I found myself standing in awe without even knowing I had stood up! He drilled us and prepared us for band competitions and had us figure out some pretty complicated moves on the football field for very small band. He told us how to “play to the crowd” at ball games rousing the fans and showing our team support through music. He truly was a gifted teacher in the sense that he taught so much through his own excitement and joy. He even had us branch out into small ensembles and play on a fundraiser for educational TV!!! I did not know until years later after graduation, how his presence at North Stokes broadened our understanding and appreciation for what music is and what it can do in our lives. I will play a piece solo, just for you, in honor of the gift you gave us through music.

  19. Kenny and Karen Furr
    Prayers to the family
    Mr. Seiberling thank you for being a role model for our daughter
    You taught your students a lot about music but being an outstanding role model was the best gift of all.
    Your kindness was never ending.

  20. It saddens me greatly to hear the passing of David Seiberling. I like many others was a student of his for 7 years. I started in 6th thru 8th grade at Lawsonville Elementary School, and went thru 4 years at North Stokes High School. I was one of his wood wind students of claronet and alto claronet. Marching band and concert band.
    Being from a small rural community, he introduced us , and exposed us to the art of music, from all genera’s. He was a wonderful instructor and professional, trusted, caring teacher, and friend during those years. He had a big impact on all of us in the North Stokes High School community. And many memories of the times we shared, at ballgames, and concerts. This earth lost a great band master, musician, teacher. But if I know David Seiberling, he is helping conduct the angels band ushering in the rest of the Lord’s children home. He fulfilled his calling here upon this earth by helping youth like me, develope an appreciation for reading, and performing band music. He led by example of a decent , kind, caring teacher. And left an impact upon many that new him. And now he is standing on the clouds with Jesus marching on the wings of the wind, with the heavenly music sounds, to the beat of the heavenly drummers, horns, and woodwinds.
    My condolences go out to his wife Linda, his Son- Ellis and all of his extended family. He touched many , many hearts, and left a legacy of fond memories in those hearts of whom he touched. My prayers for peace , and comfort go out to you all during this time of loss.

  21. We are grateful for everything that David Seiberling has done but, especially for his tutoring and mentoring our granddaughter, Josie Franklin, at a difficult time in her life.

  22. It is hard to believe that David is gone. He provided a way for so many of us to play music with a group of musicians. Consequently, he will forever influence the music that plays in the heads of the band members he directed.

    As is often the case, I had lost the means to make music after I had dropped out of band in my youth. Over 50 years later I attended a Moore County Concert Band concert. David conducted as he had for over 30 years. Later, I sent David an e-mail saying how much I had enjoyed the concert and that when I was young, I had been a member of concert bands. He wrote back to tell me about the local New Horizons Concert Band which he had recently founded. He encouraged me to join and I did. Later, I also joined the Moore County Concert Band.

    In addition to founding the New Horizons Concert Band, in the 13 years that I knew him David founded the New Horizons Swing Band, played trombone in the Sandhills Community Collage Jazz Band, arranged music for concert bands, taught music, and judged school band competitions. David devoted his life to band music. He did not flaunt his accomplishments.

    Although David did not technically create the Moore County Concert Band, he inherited it after one concert. He formed it into what it is today. Much of his effort was out of sight of the public. For each concert, he:
    • Selected a concert theme
    • Selected the music
    • Sometimes wrote a musical arrangement
    • Conducted rehearsals
    • Arranged for the concert venue
    • Often arranged for a guest performer
    • Conducted the concert
    • Delivered a lengthy and often-humorous introduction to each composition

    His concerts in Pinehurst’s Carolina Room drew large audiences. David delighted the concertgoers by making the events both fun and interesting as well as melodious.

    David did seem to have a bias against trumpets. When the archangel Gabriel blows his horn to announce Judgment Day, David will, as usual, probably say “the trumpets are too loud”.

  23. Village Printers had the pleasure of working with Dave for many years as we printed the MCCB concert programs. Part of what I loved most about my job was getting to know wonderful people like Dave. He never left without ‘teaching’ me something new about music (or whatever other wide topic we were talking about that day.) The Heavenly Brass section just got a bit stronger! He was a good man.

  24. I want to send my sincere condolences to Linda, Ellis, Yvonne and Charles as well as the entire family.
    David is my cousin and will always be remembered by me and all that knew him.

  25. While our time was short, I cherished learning under Mr. Seiberling. He would be excited to know I got accepted into music school with his help. He had such an impact on so many people. May he forever rest in peace.

  26. Our Sincere Condolences to the Seiberling family. David volunteered with us for over 15 years and was instrumental in establishing the Zipper Club – the volunteers who provide support to open heart surgery patients. FirstHealth Admin. & Staff planted a Grove of trees on David behalf.

  27. As a Member of the Zipper Club,I was recruited by Dave about 10 years ago. A truer gentleman,I have rarely met. Dave treated every patient with the utmost respect and always cast a positive light with patients. As the leader of the Zippers, he was a great teacher and role model. He always thought of us before himself.
    Dave will always be missed as a mentor and a friend.
    My condolences to Linda, who I met at the Christmas Cookie “Party” and to Ellis and Yvonne.

  28. I had the honor to work with David, as a parent, supporting the Union Pines Marching band. I witnessed first hand his professional approach to music, dedication to his students and relentless approach to teaching excellence. David inspired my children. I will be forever grateful for his positive influence and lifelong commitment to his craft. May the peace of our lord be with you and comfort his family. Cheers my friend!

  29. David was a childhood friend. I met him in 4th grade, and we both graduated from Barberton High school in 1962. He was always quiet and polite. I admired David’s photographic skills. I am grateful that he shared these skills with those of us who followed on Facebook. His photos were diverse subjects that ranged from nature to historic places, and I especially liked his travel photos. He shared with those who could not travel. He always explained the subjects including the historical facts. Rest in peace David you made this world a better place.

  30. I was at ASU with Dave. He was a few years older than me, because of his military service, I believe. He was always smiling and I was afraid that first year because I had never been away from home before. But he had been and was able to help the rest of us at Bandcamp to adjust quicker!

    To his Family, I send my condolences. He will be missed. God bless…

    Willie(Skeet) Beaver ’71

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