David Schmidt, Trombone
David Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Music at Stetson University where he teaches Applied Low Brass lessons, Brass Music Education Methods, and conducts the Stetson Trombone Choir. In addition, he also coaches chamber music and serves as the Coordinator of the Brass and Percussion Department and Director of the Stetson Brass Camp. Prior to his appointment at Stetson, he also taught low brass and conducted bands, orchestras and jazz bands at various institutions, including the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Texas Arlington, Brevard Community College, Daytona Beach Community College and Bethune-Cookman College.
Mr. Schmidt received the Bachelor of Music Education and Music Performance degrees from Baylor University and the Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. His past teachers include Gordon Sweeney, Andrew Russell, and Buddy Baker. As a trombonist, he was a founding member of the Dallas Wind Symphony and has performed with numerous regional bands and orchestras in the United States and Canada.
A respected pedagogue, Mr. Schmidt is a frequent clinician and adjudicator at regional and state levels. He has been named Teacher of the Year by the Music Advisory Council at Stetson University on three separate occasions. Many of his students have won awards at local, regional and international solo competitions including those sponsored by the International Trombone Association, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Many of his former students are currently successful music educators, members of military bands, while others are students at prestigious graduate institutions such as Julliard, Yale University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois, Louisiana State University, University of Miami, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.