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KU trombone professor to perform works of Hindemith, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mozart and more at spring recital

Monday, January 31, 2011

Michael Davidson, assistant professor of trombone at KU, will perform works of Hindemith, Gant, Mozart, Eduard Lassen, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Launy Grondahl at his spring recital on Monday, January 31, 2011, at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall. KU's Ellen Bottorff will join on piano.

Michael Davidson is assistant professor of trombone at the University of Kansas and principal trombonist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the South Arkansas Symphony, and trombonist with the Kansas Brass Quintet, the I-49 Brass Quintet, and the LATEX Trombone Quartet.

Davidson earned a B.M.E degree and the Performer's Certificate in trombone from the University of Florida, a M.Ed. from Centenary College of Louisiana, and a D.M.A. in trombone performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

He has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Topeka Symphony, the St. Joseph Symphony, and in local performances with the Four Tops, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Mel Torme, Sandi Patty, and many others. Davidson was solo trombonist of Kansas City's own Fountain City Brass Band when they won the 2007 North American Brass Band Association and United States Open championships. He served on the faculty of the Asia Trombone Seminar 2009, held at Shih-Chien University, Tapei, Taiwan. Davidson also writes literature and recording reviews for the International Trombone Association and National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors journals and serves on the ITA Advisory Council on Literature.

Prior to his appointment to the KU music faculty in 2007, Mike taught at Benedictine College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Centenary College of Louisiana, and in several public schools in Northwest Louisiana. Mike was twice selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, named the 1991 Caddo Association of Educators Music Teacher of the Year, and elected to membership in the American School Band Directors Association in 1996. His major teachers include Richard W. Bowles, Roy Pickering, Donald Yaxley, Raymond Turner, Andrew Russell, Tony Chipurn, David Vining, and Roger Oyster.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742 or visit music.ku.edu.

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