David Murray

Tenor Trombone Artist

David Murray

David Murray

Second Trombonist, National Symphony Orchestra

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T350-HB
  • Bell: 384CF
  • Slide: T-BCN (yellow brass crook)
  • Tuning Slide: Rose Single Radius
  • Leadpipe: T2 Brass

Artist Comments

"It is a pleasure to play the trombones of Edwards Instrument Company. Their superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and continuous innovation help me to achieve my musical visions with greater success than any other instrument I have played."

David Murray was appointed as the Second Trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2014, after having served the NSO as an acting member from 2012-2014. Prior to this, he was a freelance musician performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, San Antonio, and San Diego Symphonies, the Louisiana and Malaysian Philharmonics, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the IRIS Orchestra, among others. He has also participated in the Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto USA, and Chautauqua Festivals.

Notable solo appearances include performances at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, as well as concerto performances with the Capitol Wind Symphony, Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Murray has recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, is a member of the LeDroit Chamber Players, and has collaborated with fellow NSO musicians in performances for the NSO's In Your Neighborhood program.

Murray began his early musical studies on the piano at age five, adding trombone at age nine. He later continued training at the Peabody Preparatory on both instruments. Selected to participate in Peabody's Arts for Talented Youth Program, he received intensive education in theory, orchestra, chamber music, and collaborative arts. Murray holds a Bachelor of Music (High Distinction and Performer's Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music, and a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers were Blair Bollinger, John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, and Christopher Dudley.

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Jared Lantzy

"Having been on both sides of the fence, performing on Edwards trombones and working at the factory for a time, I appreciate the amount of thought and detail that goes into the design and production of their horns. Every little detail is thought through and that gives me an unsurpassed trust in my instrument when I'm performing whether it's symphonic works, big band charts or solo literature. That trust doesn't exclusively come from the horn though, it comes from people. Being able to work extensively with Christian and the rest of the staff to shape a horn that responds and sounds the way I desire is truly one of the aspects that puts Edwards trombones above and beyond all other instrument makers in my mind."

Jared Lantzy
Bass trombonist, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra