David Otey

David O.

San Carlos, CA

About David O.

David teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 1989
Last sign in: 5 days ago


I've studied with some of the finest trombonists in the US and completed my Bachelors degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Arizona. My performing background is a balanced mix of classical and commercial ensembles. I've played in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, show bands, jazz bands, chamber music, and dixieland to name just a few. It all starts with learning the basics and that's how I approach trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba with my students. I have several years experience with my private studio, in-house lessons, as well as teaching brass at a performing arts high school. Students learn relaxed technique, production of a beautiful tone, and overall musicality.

*** Lesson Details ***
I place an emphasis on building embouchure, breathing, posture, musical interpretation, sight-reading and theory.

I encourage relaxed technique while enjoying the process of making music.

All of the above can be applied to any style of music the student is interested in exploring.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in a relaxed setting near a creek. For the teaching of brass instruments, not much equipment is needed though I have a metronome, tuner, digital recorder, sounds system, and plenty of music to get started.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with necessary instruments, metronome, digital recorder, and whatever music I'd be introducing at that particular lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Bass Trombone, and Tuba

Photos and Videos



Feb 2015 - Present
Lost Dog Found



Jan 2015 - Present
Brass Band Mission

NOLA ensemble that plays a wide variety of events.


Jan 2015 - Present
Vintage Jukebox

A flexible ensemble specializing in Trad Jazz and Swing


May 2014 - Present

Professional big band playing innovative originals and arrangements of jazz guitarist Tony Corman.


May 2014 - Present
BACH - Bay Area Classical Harmonies - orchestra

A flexible classical organization that performs and records a wide range of classical and new music.


Apr 2014 - Present

A trombone/ukulele duo playing classic jazz.


Mar 2014 - Present
Kool Katz, South Bay

A prolific Latin/Rock/Funk Band


May 2014 - Nov 2015
Son 7

A Latin band that plays primarily traditional Cuban styles.


Jan 2014 - May 2014
The Slippery Slope

An alternative jazz ensemble that plays a mix of original music and lesser known covers.


Jun 2004 - Oct 2012
Princess Cruises

Played in the show bands/orchestras of the various ships throughout the fleet.


Oct 1998 - May 2004
Norwegian Cruise Lines

Played in the show bands/orchestras of the various ships in the fleet.


Bachelor of Music

Sep 1984 - May 1987
University of Arizona

Bachelor of Music

Sep 1982 - Jun 1984
Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Bachelor of Music

Jun 1987
University of Arizona

Trombone Performance

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