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Musician 1st Class David M. Perkel,

Lead Trombone


MU1 David M. Perkel

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Musician 1st Class David Perkel has been the lead trombonist and soloist for the Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble since 2002. Perkel is a versatile orchestral and jazz artist. He was the second trombonist of the Richmond Symphony for five years, and has performed with many other orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, National Philharmonic, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and the National Gallery Orchestra. Additionally, he has served as the principal trombone in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured as a soloist several times, including "Overture for Trombone and Strings" by Alan Hovhaness and the 2nd movement of Jim Pugh's 'Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra'.


As a jazz musician, Perkel has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz luminaries including Chris Potter, Steve Turre, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Schuur, Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, Ryan Kisor, Dick Oatts, Doc Severinson, Jane Monheit, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Jim Pugh, the University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band and New York Voices.


Perkel earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America.


He is an accomplished educator, having spent five years as an artist-in-residence at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee and a one-year teaching appointment at Towson University. He is also a sought-after clinician, having given masterclasses across the United States, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, Midwest Clinic, University of Delaware, Tennessee Tech University, Eastern Trombone Workshop, and Towson University.