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 Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Topeka Symphony, the Fountain City Brass Band, the 25th, 33rd , and 35th 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, Kenny G, John Tesh, Don McLean, Byron Stripling, Doc Severinsen, Lyle Lovett, the Temptations, Tower of Power, and many others. His solo CDs, Blue Wolf (released 2010), and Skybreak (to be released early summer 2024) can be heard on most music streaming service websites. He and his Shreveport Symphony Orchestra low brass section colleagues performed Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto with that orchestra in March 2019. He was a member of the trombone jury for the 2019 Jeju International Brass 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. Michael holds degrees from the University of Florida (B.Mus.Ed.), Centenary College of Louisiana (M.Ed.), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA). He is an artist-endorser for M&W Custom Trombones.