David Rackley was born and reared in Modesto, California, and received his bachelor of music and master of arts degrees in theory and composition from San Francisco State University, where he studied conducting with Lazlo Varga, and composition with Luigi Zaninnelli, Roger Nixon, Peter Sacco, Carl Sitton, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Wayne Peterson. Upon completion of his studies, Rackley entered the United States Air Force Bands and Music Program.
During his Air Force career, he conducted numerous bands in various worldwide locations, including the United States Air Force Band, Europe, where he was also a frequent guest conductor of the Southwest Radio Orchestra in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, where he was permanent guest conductor and clinician for the Southeast Asian International Schools Music.
A published and award-winning composer, Rackley has scored video, commercials, and film productions for the Library of Congress, the A&E Network, The Learning Channel, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and the Discovery Channel. He has received six Telly Awards, three Omni Awards, a CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Gold Apple Award from the National Education Media Network, a Gold CINDY from the International Association of Audiovisual Communicators, and two Bronze Awards from the WorldFest International Film and Video Competition.
His composition, “Overture Calafia” was written for and premiered by the Cal Poly State University Wind Orchestra for the inaugural dedication concert of the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center. The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra performed his work, “Third Stream Bridge” for Jazz Piano and Wind Orchestra, in the Sydney Opera House in 2000. Rackley is currently Music Director for Grace Baptist Church, Santa Maria, CA. He is a member of the music faculties at Cuesta College, Allan Hancock College, and Chapman University.