Biography

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. Dr. David Phy Playing TromboneFollowing a year in the Cruise industry he spent 2 years at the New England Conservatory of Music completing a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 2002.  While in Boston, he had the opportunity to study and work one on one with Boston Symphony trombonist Norman Boulter and jazz legends such as Bob Brookmeyer, Gunther Schuller, George Garzone, George Russell and Steve Lacey.  From 2007-2010 David Phy was the Graduate Assistant to Jim Pugh at the University of Illinois.  While at Illinois he also studied jazz theory and improvisation with Chip McNeil and John “Chip” Stephens.

As a private teacher David Phy has had many successes with his students.  His grade school students have auditioned into top ranked all-state and district chairs and many have gone on to college music programs around the country.   His college teaching experiences range from marching band low brass instruction at Tulane University to Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of New Orleans. David’s college classroom experience includes teaching Music Appreciation classes at Delgado Community College in New Orleans since 2011.

In New Orleans David has been featured on stage at the French Quarter and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  He is a New Orleans “Big Easy” award winner as a member of Jump Jive and Wail- The Music of Louis Prima.  David has performed with national acts and jazz artists such as The 4 Tops, The Temptations, Bonerama, La India, Monica Mancini, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Pugh, Delfeyo Marsalis, Joe DeFrancesco, Tom Garling, Rodger Ingram, The Yin Yang Twins, Chip McNeil, Louis Belson, Lena Prima, Louis Prima Jr.,  Charo, and Ben Vereen.  On the road he performed two years as the Lead Trombone and featured soloist for the national tour of “In The Mood, a 1940’s Review”.  David was a cast member in the Emmy Award winning stage show Blast! and spent five years in Las Vegas, Nevada performing in venues all over the city including:  The House of Blues, The Hilton Las Vegas, The Palms Hotel Casino, Las Vegas Blue Note Jazz Café, the Bellagio, The Paris Hotel and The MGM Grand Hotel Casino. He is a member of ITA, LJMEA and the local New Orleans Musicians Union.