With playing hailed as “Invigorating and clear” by the Naples Daily News, Yamaha Artist David Dash performs in orchestras and chamber music concerts across the United States. David is Acting Associate Principal Trumpet of the North Carolina Symphony and trumpet professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is also a member of the Grammy Award winning Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Previously, he served as Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Naples Philharmonic and was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he performed as a soloist and toured much of the United States. He has also performed with the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, Greensboro, New Mexico, Richmond, Sarasota, San Francisco, and Winston Salem, the Florida Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a member of the Naples Philharmonic, David performed in a wide variety of genres, including pops, opera, ballet, baroque, educational concerts, and masterworks. While in “The President’s Own” Marine Band, he performed “Taps” at the nationally broadcast PBS National Memorial Day Concert and performed frequently at the White House and state functions.
David has performed as a soloist with “The President’s Own,” Naples Philharmonic, Richmond Philharmonic, NC Brass Band, the UNCSA Wind Ensemble, and many community groups. An avid chamber musician, David performs with his wife Mary Elizabeth Bowden as the Dash Duo. Their 2022-23 season includes recital tours in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia with piano and organ collaborators. The duo works to expand their repertoire by commissioning new compositions, including James Stephenson’s Awakenings and Tyson Davis’ Veiled Light, as well as many arrangements. This season they will premiere Veiled Light with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, perform it with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and record it under Cedille Records. They also recently performed the Carmen Fantasia with the Waynesboro Philharmonic.
While in the Naples Philharmonic, he performed several annual recitals with the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet. He was a member of the Bay Street Brassworks and the Echelon Brass Quintet, and has performed with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He frequently performs with the Carolina Brass.
His recordings with the Santa Fe Opera include Cold Mountain and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Pentatone). They have collectively received six Grammy nominations, and Steve Jobs won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording. He is also on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s recording of Mahler 8 with Gustavo Dudamel, which won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance. He recorded American Anthems with the Gramercy Brass Band (Koch International) and the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater (Albany Records). As a member of “The President’s Own” Marine Band, he recorded Carmen Symphony and Other Classics (Naxos Records), Symphonic Dances, and Family Album.
David received his Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and attended the Orchestra Institute in Attergau, Austria and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. His teachers include Armando Ghitalla, Robert Sullivan, Mark Niehaus, Tim White, Jim Hamlin, René Shapiro, Andy Balio, and John Morrison.