David Phy was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  He was surrounded by music growing up due to his father being a professional pianist/organist and teacher.  David attended the University of Louisville on scholarship from 1993-1998 working towards a Music Ed degree with Jazz emphasis. 

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Masterclasses / Clinics

Dr. David Phy Posing with TromboneDr. David Phy has given clinics at the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) conference, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Southern Mississippi University and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).  They are tailored to individual schools or university’s needs and levels.  Topics include but are not limited to:  big band rehearsals, jazz trombone sectionals, trombone quartet, productive practice techniques, jazz theory, fast jazz trombone articulations “doodle tongue”, use of alternate slide positions, suggested trombone listening, transcribing techniques, improvisation, pentatonics on the trombone.  For more information please contact:

Here are some recent masterclasses that David has given:

  • Texas Tech University Jazz Festival, Lubbock, Texas
    • Festival Adjudicator and Trombone clinician


  • All-State High School adjudicator.  District VI (LMEA)
    • Brother Martin High School New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA)
    • Clinician:  History of Jazz Trombone through selected recordings


  • Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) November 2
    • Clinician:  Jazz Trombone technique- “doodle tongue” for the beginning jazz player
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
    • Clinician:  Big band  Trombone sectional
  • Jazz Summit, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
    • Clinician:  Honor Band director, Featured Performer
  • LMEA All-State audition Clinic presented at the University Of New Orleans
    • Organized, scheduled Jazz and Classical Trombone clinics
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
    • Clinician:  Jazz Trombone concepts
  • Bonnabel High School, New Orleans Louisiana
    • Clinician:  Trombone technique and proper practice habits
  • Holy Cross High School, New Orleans Louisiana
    • Low Brass technique  and section playing in a concert band
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Jazz Summit, Birmingham, Alabama
    • Guest Clinician, Director, Performer
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    • Guest Lecturer: Trombone Performance and Jazz Improvisation
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah
    • Trombone styles of the WW2 Era bands of Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.


  • University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp (ISYM)
    • Jazz Listening, Jazz History, Adjudicator, Clinician, Combo Director
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David has been arranging for small groups since starting his own music projects in 2002.   His arrangements have been performed at the National WW2 Museum, The Las Vegas Hilton, the New Orleans Latin Jazz Festival, The Las Vegas Drum Festival and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His commissioned works includes pieces for “A Tribute to Elvis, The Dream King Live” in Las Vegas and on National tour. As well as, “Island Breezes” the dedication ceremony for the Boeing Company: Freedom Pavilion, at the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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