Stetson University

David Schmidt

Associate Professor of Music

David Schmidt conducts the Stetson Trombone Choir; coaches chamber music; serves as the coordinator of the brass and percussion department; and is 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 at Arlington, Brevard Community College, Daytona Beach Community College and Bethune-Cookman College.

Schmidt's 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 U.S. and Canada.

A respected pedagogue, 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 Juilliard, Yale University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois, Louisiana State University, University of Miami and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.


  • M.M., performance, University of Northern Colorado
  • B.M.E., Baylor University
  • B.M., music performance, Baylor University

Course Topics

  • Applied Low Brass
  • Brass Music Education Methods
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