David Otey

David O.

San Carlos, CA

About David O.

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

Overview

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

Experience

Trombonist
Oct 2016 - Present
E-Ticket Band

Established party band based in the Peninsula

Trombonist
Aug 2016 - Present
Rumbalu

Salsa/Latin Jazz ensemble featuring original songs and arrangements

Trombonist/Cornet
Feb 2015 - Present
Lost Dog Found

Swing/Rockabilly

Trombonist
Jan 2015 - Present
Vintage Jukebox

A flexible ensemble specializing in Trad Jazz and Swing

Trombonist
Jan 2015 - Present
Brass Band Mission

NOLA ensemble that plays a wide variety of events.

Trombonist
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.

Trombonist
May 2014 - Present
Morchestra

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

Trombonist
Apr 2014 - Present
Moonglow

A trombone/ukulele duo playing classic jazz.

Trombonist
Mar 2014 - Present
Kool Katz, South Bay

A prolific Latin/Rock/Funk Band

Trombonist
May 2014 - Nov 2015
Son 7

A Latin band that plays primarily traditional Cuban styles.

Trombonist
Jan 2014 - May 2014
The Slippery Slope

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

Trombonist
Jun 2004 - Oct 2012
Princess Cruises

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

Trombonist
Oct 1998 - May 2004
Norwegian Cruise Lines

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

Education

Bachelor of Music
Sep 1984 - May 1987
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1982 - Jun 1984
Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Music
Jun 1987
University of Arizona

Trombone Performance

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