Composer David Gaines (b. 1961) has been recognized both by critics and by other artists for his imaginative orchestrations and his uniquely international and eclectic style. His music, which has been performed across the United States and Europe, includes two symphonies, concertos for baritone saxophone, trombone, and euphonium, plus a variety of chamber, choral, and electronic music.

Recordings are available on the Navona Records and Verda Stelo Music labels, the most recent of which is a newly remastered version of the long out-of-print 2001 orchestral album The Music Of David Gaines.

Recent performances include a performance of Symphony No. 1 ("Esperanto") in Bialistok, Poland, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Ludwig Zamenhof, inventor of the international language Esperanto; the premiere of Free Air for trombone and organ at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas; the choral work Povas Plori Mi Ne Plu in Saint-Nazaire, France; The Lion Of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) in Baltimore; the piano reduction version of the Concerto for euphonium and orchestra at George Mason University; Duo for flute & tuba at the renowned Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh; Five Miniatures for flute and euphonium at Southwestern University and West Virginia University; and the premiere of a new trombone concerto in Kroměříž, Czech Republic.

A graduate of Northwestern University, American University, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music (where he earned a doctoral degree in composition), his awards include numerous ASCAP Standard and ASCAPlus Awards as well as first prize in the 1997 College Music Society Mid Atlantic Chapter Student Composers Competition and first prize at the World Esperanto Association's 1995 International Fine Arts Competition. In 2010, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition selected Gaines’ Jubilee for euphonium and piano as one of the required semifinal round compositions.