Michael Davidson

Associate Professor, Trombone
Director, Division of Brass & Percussion
Primary office:
320 Murphy Hall

D.M.A. University of Cincinnati; M.Ed Centenary College of Louisiana; B.M.E. University of Florida
Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Kansas, Mike Davidson is principal trombonist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and trombonist with the Kansas Brass Quintet, the I-49 Brass Quintet, and the LATEX Trombone Quartet. He earned a B.Mus.Ed. and the Performer's Certificate in trombone from the University of Florida, an 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 Kansas City Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Sunflower Music Festival, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City BrassWorks, and in local performances with the Four Tops, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Mel Tormé, Sandi Patty, John Tesh, and many others. Mike 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, and can be heard on their debut CD, Celebration. His debut solo CD, Blue Wolf, produced by Emeritus Recordings, was released in fall 2010 to good reviews. (“Davidson’s playing is at all times clean and strong,” – International Trombone Association Journal; “Davidson’s clear tone and precise articulations combined with his expressive playing of the lyrical lines and detail to pitch make the entire CD a joy to hear. … The quality of the performance and the wonderful selection of literature make this a recording that needs to be in the library of all trombonists!” – National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal)

Mike served on the faculty of the Asia Trombone Seminar 2009, held at Shih-Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan. He has performed/presented clinics at the New York Brass Conference, the Big Twelve Trombone Conference, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the International Trombone Festival, and at state music education conventions in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Ohio, and Kansas. He writes literature and recording reviews for the International Trombone Association and National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors journals, serves on the ITA Advisory Council on Literature, and is the Kansas state representative for the International Trombone Association's TAPAS Project.

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 the Louisiana public schools, where he was the band director at Airline High School, Bossier City, 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. Mike's teachers include Donald Yaxley, Roy Pickering, Tony Chipurn, David Vining, and Richard W. Bowles.

Mike performs on a Greenhoe Custom tenor trombone with a gold brass bell, reversed tuning slide and gold brass slide crook, a Courtois 131R alto trombone, and Griego mouthpieces.

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