David Wilborn

Bass Trombone Artist

David Wilborn

David Wilborn

Professor, Texas A&M University

Instrument Specs

  • Model: B454
  • Bell: 1149CF
  • Slide: B-DB
  • Tuning Slide: Rose
  • Leadpipe: Unknown

Artist Comments

"The Edwards bass trombone is without a doubt the best trombone I've ever had the pleasure to perform on. This instrument delivers superior tone quality throughout the trombone range, even during awkward interval leaps as well as during moments of extreme dynamic contrast. Since the instrument is designed to be modified, I find that I'm in full control of my sound, and I can manipulate the way my trombone plays. These features are perhaps the reason Edwards trombones are unparallel when compared to its competitors."

David Wilborn is Assistant Professor of Music at Texas A&M University in College Station, where he teaches the low brass studio, coordinates small ensembles, and serves as Director of the University Campus Band. Wilborn holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas. His teachers were Donald Knaub and John Marcellus.

Wilborn is the author of numerous articles dealing with music education and trombone pedagogy. He has served as a clinician, presenter and performer at numerous educational venues throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe including: The Eastern Trombone Workshop, Big 12 Trombone Conference, New Mexico Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Music Society, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and Music Educators National Conference.

As a bass trombonist, Wilborn has achieved positions in such notable ensembles as the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Texas Chamber Symphony, Round Top Festival Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, and the Music Academy of the West Orchestra. He s performed in back-up orchestras for Shirley MacLaine, Bob Hope, Tommy Tune, Manhattan Rhythm Kings, and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Wilborn has also performed as a soloist with the Little Rock Wind Symphony, the Texas A&M University Symphonic Band and numerous high school bands. His performance with the Little Rock Wind Symphony was favorably reviewed by music critic Eric Harrison of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette who stated Bass trombonist David Wilborn is a particularly fine soloist.

Wilborn is also the composer of several significant works for brass instruments. His "Excursions for Six Trombones" was selected as the winner of the 2003 Allen E. Ostrander Trombone Choir Composition Prize. His trombone choir arrangement of the concert band classic "American Overture" by Joseph Willcox Jenkins was a featured selection by the Remington Trombone Choir at the 1996 International Trombone Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their outstanding performance was subsequently aired on National Public Radio s "Performance Today." His works are currently published by International Trombone Association Press, Kagarice Brass Editions, and Wehr Music House.

Wilborn s professional affiliations includes: International Trombone Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonians, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Beta Mu.

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Don Rayment

"For most of my professional career, I have performed on an Edwards bass trombone and have always appreciated how it has felt like a natural extension of my playing. The ability to create a trombone that fits you physically as well as musically is such an important factor in being comfortable in any ensemble or musical style.

"From the very first note I was impressed with how it played with such ease and openness yet still maintaining great accuracy and control giving me a rich sound that I had never attained from any other instrument. With an Edwards trombone there are no limitations and you have the confidence that whatever the musical situation, you will have an instrument that will exceed all of your expectations."

Don Rayment
Toronto Freelance Bass Trombonist