David Ellis is a trombonist and educator in the Denver metropolitan area. He recently completed his Doctor of Music degree in performance at Florida State University, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the trombone studio. During his time in Florida, David held the positions of Principal Trombone with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast as well as Interim Principal Trombone with The Gainesville Orchestra. As a member of the Seminole Trombone Quartet, he toured throughout the Southeast region, giving recitals and masterclasses, culminating in a recital at Carnegie Hall in May of 2016. The quartet went on to give a presentation at the Midwest Clinic in December of 2016. David earned his Master of Music degree in performance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in music theory. His theory background is also reflected in his doctoral treatise work, which involves the use of Schenkerian analysis in discovering expressive ideas for performance. David earned his Bachelor of Music degree in performance and composition at Colorado State University. Before discovering and pursuing a passion for teaching, David played Dixieland jazz in various festivals and venues around Colorado, including the Evergreen Jazz Festival, the Summit Jazz Festival, and the Denver Jazz Club. His involvement in keeping traditional jazz alive even afforded him opportunities for travel: performing at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the Jazz Festival Enkhuizen in the Netherlands, and various venues in Germany and Austria. David enjoys playing music of all styles, with his primary experience ranging from orchestral to solo to chamber to jazz.

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