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Mr. Davies on Trombone

Listen to Notasonata  for trombone and electronic sound track composed and performed by Mr. Davies (mp3 excerpt).

Listen to an mp3 recording of Mr. Davies performing with the Gulf Coast Brass Quintet.


B.Mus. - University of Wisconsin at Madison 
(trombone performance & pedagogy) 
M.A. - Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro 
(trombone performance)
M.M. - University of Colorado at Boulder (composition)
Additional studies at Yale University School of Music  at New Haven, CT
Trombone teachers: Paul Wallace, Robert Gutter, John Swallow, David Loucky, William Stanley. Attended masterclasses of Arturo Sandoval, Bill Watrous, Arnold Jacobs and others.

Performing experience includes: orchestras, concert bands, big bands, society combos, show bands, rock groups, chamber ensembles, brass quintets, shows (Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, etc.), Broadway musicals (Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, etc.)

Publications for educational brass include:
20 Pieces in Changing Meters for unaccompanied trombone
- published by Puna Music Company

On the Gulf Coast, he has performed with the Gulf Coast Brass Quintet,  the Coast Big Band, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Messiah Orchestra and other music events.

Gautier studio

Quality Music Lessons on ALL brass instruments

Trumpet - French Horn - Trombone - Euphonium (Baritone) - Tuba
beginner-advanced, children-adults, classical-jazz
Piano (beginning to intermediate) - Gautier studio only
Guitar (beginning) - Gautier studio only

Rates: payable by first day of each month
half-hour weekly...$80.00/month

Two studio locations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Gautier Studio:
1418 Louis Alexis Trail
Gautier,  MS 39553
Tel 228-522-0028
email: ken @
Biloxi Studio at Mississippi Music Store:
2744 Pass Road
Biloxi, MS
Tel 228-522-0028 or 228-388-6547 (store)
email: ken @

Current and former students say:

"I made 4th chair in the Lion's band. Couldn't have done it without your help." ...Jordan, Gulfport, MS (French horn)

"I won the French horn audition for Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra. Lessons really made a difference." ...Trevor, Biloxi, MS (French horn).

"When I was a college music major, Ken gave me an 8-page booklet he had written called 'Embouchure Builder.' It is still one of the best teaching tools I've seen."
     ...Pete Vriesenga, Bass trombonist, Boulder Philharmonic and 
     President of Denver Musicians Association, AFM local 20-623

"Mr. Davies' teaching went beyond the horn and my becoming first chair at my high school. Many of the valuable things I learned in his lessons carried over to areas of my later adult life."   ...Patti Wilshusen, Naval Commander wife

About Ken Davies

Having taught many hundreds of brass players since 1965, Ken Davies has a track record of former students who have played in honor bands, all-state bands, military service bands, college bands and professional ensembles. With a performing background that spans show bands, rock groups, shows, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo work, he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight to aspiring musicians.

Mr. Davies began private brass teaching during his last two years at University of Wisconsin - Madison at Forbes-Meagher Music Store and quickly developed an active all brass studio. 

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Davies was a full-time trombonist with the immensely popular rock fusion group, Gabriel's Brass, based at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. His private brass studio for all brass instruments became known for his insightful problem-solving for his students' benefit. Adapting to students' learning styles even before right and left brain research was known, Mr. Davies successfully guided students through foundations and refinements in sight-reading, improvisation, applicable music theory, high and low range development, transpositions and other skills. His clientele ranged from beginners to adults. Also a composer, Mr. Davies is known for the unique special studies he often wrote for his students. 

His growing reputation as a composer is marked by frequent performances of his music from California and Oregon to New Orleans and New York City. in 2006, the Mississippi Arts Commission awarded him their prestigious Mississippi Performing Artist Fellowship in Composition. In 2007 the Mississippi Arts Commission nominated Ken to the nine-state Southern Arts Federation's juried showcase of top regional artists. In April 2009, Ken won the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Trombone Composition Competition with his Three Pieces for Bass Trombone and Piano.

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