David Dash

David Dash joined the UNCSA Music faculty in 2017. In the summer, he performs with the Santa Fe Opera. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic and a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he performed as a soloist and toured much of the United States. He has also performed with the Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco symphonies, the Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Opera and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

I create a lot of exercises to help students master technical problems, always with the idea of taking a challenge down to its simplest form and gradually increasing the difficulty. This way, students are always practicing success with consistent, gradual steps.


  • Performances with the Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco Symphonies, the Florida Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera.
  • Recordings include American Anthems with the Gramercy Brass Band (Koch International); the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater (Albany Records); Carmen Symphony and other classics (Naxos Records); Symphonic Dances with The President's Own Marine Band, and “Cold Mountain” with the Santa Fe Opera (Pentatone). Cold Mountain received two Grammy nominations.
  • As a member of the Naples Philharmonic, he performed in a wide variety of genres, including pops, opera, ballet, baroque, educational concerts and masterworks. While in The President's Own Marine Band, he performed Taps at the nationally broadcast PBS National Memorial Day Concert. He performed frequently at the White House and state functions.

Career Highlights

  • Performing as a soloist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, the Naples Philharmonic and community music groups in Southwest Florida.
  • Performing as part of the Bowden-Dash duo with his wife, trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden.

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Received scholarships to the Orchestra Institute in Attergau, Austria, and to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.


  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Former member, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
  • Former Assistant Principal Trumpet, Naples Philharmonic


M.M.Manhattan School of Music

B.M.Rice University