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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 master classes 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

On the Gulf Coast, he has performed with the Gulf Coast Brass Quintet,  the Coast Big Band, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Messiah Orchestra, New Orleans Trombone Choir and others.

Gautier studio

Quality Music Guidance on ALL brass instruments

Trumpet - French Horn - Trombone - Euphonium (Baritone) - Tuba

Accepting serious students for Lion's Band audition preparation, pre-professional training, and preparation for majoring in music at leading music schools and universities.

Rates: payable by first day of each month
half-hour weekly...$95.00/month
one hour weekly...$180.00/month

Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Gautier Studio:
1418 Louis Alexis Trail
Gautier,  MS 39553
Tel 228-522-0028
email: ken @


Curriculum is built around what you want to achieve and what you need in order to achieve it including:
    • Embouchure and tone                    • Range and technique
    • Sight-reading & playing by ear        • Effective practice methods

Pre-professional status. You get more detailed coaching to boost your knowledge, hours of practice, and playing level, ear training and music theory, literature overview, trumpet & horn transpositions, trombone & euphonium clefs and more. 
If you're planning a college music major, Tell me!  Start music school prepared with more than just band playing.

Former students say:

I missed Mississippi Lion's Band on my first try. Your lessons were demanding. But after a year, I nailed the 2nd chair horn spot!"

"Studying horn with you made possible my two years as first horn in the Mississippi Lion's Honor Band, a two-week horn camp at Interlochen Arts Academy and a full scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi." ...Brittany

"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 (CO) Philharmonic and 
     former 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 Captain's wife

"I won four years in a U.S. Army band on tuba after high school. Many thanks." ...Steve, Orlando, FL.

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. Currently, he does solo performances of his own compositions. Recent appearances have included new music festivals sponsored by Southeastern Composers' League, ElectroAcoustic Barn Dance, Electrobrass, and College Music Society academic conferences.

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  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 and again in 2012, the Mississippi Arts Commission awarded him their prestigious Mississippi Performing Artist Fellowship in Composition. In April 2009, Ken won the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Trombone Composition Competition with his Three Pieces for Bass Trombone and Piano. In 2013, The Mississippi Music Teachers Association chose him for their Commissioned Composer of the Year. In 2017, his Twitter Rhapsody for clarinet and fixed audio, performed by Sarunas Jankauskas, was chosed by the International Clarinet Association to be featured at their annual International ClarinetFest.

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