Meet the musicians

Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson is Professor of Trombone at the University of Kansas. He is principal trombonist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (a chair he’s held since 1985), and trombonist with the DREI BONES, the I-49 Brass, the Kansas Brass Quintet, and the Kansas City Brassworks. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Topeka Symphony, the Fountain City Brass Band, the 25th and 33rd Sunflower Music Festivals, and in local performances with the Four Tops, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Mel Tormé, Sandi Patty, the Indigo Girls, John Tesh, Byron Stripling, Doc Severinsen, Lyle Lovett, the Temptations, and many others. His solo CD, Blue Wolf, is available on the Emeritus label. He and his Shreveport Symphony Orchestra low brass section colleagues performed Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto with the orchestra in March 2019. He was a member of the tenor trombone jury for the 2019 Jeju International Brass and Percussion Competition.

Prior to his appointment to the KU music faculty in 2007, Michael taught at Benedictine College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Centenary College of Louisiana, and in the Louisiana public schools, where he was the director of bands at Airline High School, Bossier City, LA. He was twice selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is an artist-endorser for M&W Custom Trombones.