David Otey

David O.

San Carlos, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn embouchure, slide technique, tone production through efficient breathing, range building, reading music in a variety of styles.

About David O.

I've studied with some of the finest brass players 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 ensembles fronting my own groups, and then some. It all starts with learning the basics and that's how I approach brass playing with my students (which includes trumpet, french horn, trombone, bass trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba) . I have many years experience teaching in-studio, in-house, and online, as well as brass coaching in public schools. Students learn efficient technique, production of a beautiful tone, range building, overall musicality in many styles, sight-reading and music theory.

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

I encourage relaxation while enjoying 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 natural setting near a creek. For the teaching of brass instruments, not much equipment is needed though I have a metronome, tuner, embouchure visualizers, digital recorder, sound 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

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Brian C.
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My first instruction from David O. couldn't have gone better. He quickly summed up my abilities (or lack thereof) and put me on a course for improvement. Dave's style of teaching was fun and unintimidating. In addition, Dave is extremely patient and sincere. I'm looking forward to the next lessons.

Posted Sep 15, 2017

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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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Music
Jun 1987

University of Arizona

Trombone Performance

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