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David Kelley


David Kelley is a seasoned musician, specializing in all styles of musical performance on trombone and euphonium, with an additional specialization in percussion. Based in the Dallas area, David is a member of several of the top performing groups in North Texas, including the legendary Dallas Jazz Orchestra. He also plays with and leads the Dallas Christian Jazz Band. Additionally, he is top-call trombonist for more than a dozen big bands and party bands, as well as for multiple civic and church ensembles.


•  Trombone performance, all styles
•  Euphonium performance, all styles
•  Percussion performance, with an emphasis on auxiliary instruments
•  Musical instruction, with a focus on big-band jazz
•  Private musical instruction (trombone / euphonium)


•  Dallas Christian Jazz Band music director / lead trombone 1995 present
•  Buzz Murphy Orchestra trombone 1999 present
•  Paul Salos and the Let's Dance Band trombone / percussion / vocals 2001 present
•  Black Book Band band leader / trombone 2005 present
•  Russ Dorsey and the Musicmakers trombone 2007 present
•  Dallas Jazz Orchestra trombone 2008 present
•  Graceland Ninjaz trombone 2013 present
•  Frank Smith Band trombone 2015
•  Dime Store Hoods trombone 2015


•  Big bands / Society bands

•  Les Elgart Orchestra trombone
•  Jim Petty Orchestra trombone
•  Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble trombone
•  Pecos River Brass Big Band trombone
•  Jack Melick Orchestra trombone
•  Texas Instruments Jazz Band trombone
•  Phares Corder Orchestra trombone
•  Crosswinds Jazz Ensemble trombone
•  EDS Jazz Ensemble music director / lead trombone
•  Dynamic Swing Machine Jazz Band trombone
•  JOSHUA Experience Jazz Band trombone
•  Celebration Orchestra trombone
•  C3 Jazz Band trombone
•  Frisco Jazz Band trombone
•  Various others

•  Civic / Select ensembles

•  Richland Early Brass trombone / euphonium / percussion
•  Irving Symphony percussion
•  Plano Community Band trombone / percussion
•  Mesquite Symphony trombone
•  Richardson Community Band euphonium
•  Various others

•  Party Bands

•  Briefcase Blues Band (Blues Brothers act) trombone
•  Good Question Band trombone
•  Icehouse Band trombone
•  Multiple commercial / backing-track / sound-track recording sessions trombone
•  Multiple church performances / musicals / cantatas at local churches trombone
•  Multiple musicals / concerts / shows / events trombone
•  Backing performance for Don Most trombone


•  Recording producer for three full-length big-band CD recordings
•  Featured performer / soloist in various jazz and concert settings
•  National and International playing tours with Jubilation Brass International and the Metro Big Band
•  Clinic-style instruction in various settings
•  Private teaching studio, all ages


•  John Phillip Sousa National High School band award
•  Louis Armstrong National High School jazz award
•  International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) award multiple citations

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