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David Beatty, M.M.

Director of Commercial Music and Jazz Ensemble
Associate Professor of Trombone Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3580
Alternate: (626) 815-3848
Fax: (626) 969-7419
David Beatty, M.M., has been a freelance studio trombone player in Los Angeles since 1978. His performance credits include music for motion pictures, television, commercials, and CDs. His trombone playing can be heard on many albums, including those of Ralph Carmichael, David T. Clydesdale, Andrae Crouch, Brian Duncan, Promise Keepers, Ron Kenoly, and Don Moen. His big-band credits range from the Bill Watrous Refuge West Big Band to the Glenn Miller Orchestra to his current position as first trombonist with the Ralph Carmichael Big Band. He has also performed in a number of symphony orchestras in Southern California, as well as for many theatrical productions. In addition to his performance credits, he is a composer, arranger, and music copyist, and is also in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz clinics and festivals in Southern California. He has studied trombone with Miles Anderson, Roy Main, and William Adam, and is a former jazz improvisation student of Charlie Shoemake. Beatty has taught Music Fundamentals, Music Theory, Music Business, History of Jazz, History and Literature of Commercial Music, Songwriting, Score Preparation, Introduction to Music Technology, and Jazz Improvisation. His ensemble experience includes directing Trombone Choir, Brass Choir, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Big Band. He teaches commercial music and directs the APU Jazz Ensemble.


M.M., Commercial Music with a Performance Emphasis, California State University, Los Angeles
B.M., Performance, California State University, Northridge
A.A., Citrus Community College


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music
    • Undergraduate Programs
    • Graduate Programs


  • Commercial Music
  • Jazz Music
  • Music Business
  • Trombone/Baritone

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Big Band: Bill Watrous Refuge West Big Band, Orrin Tucker Big Band, Glen Garrett Brazilian Big Band, Ralph Carmichael Big Band, Bill Holman Big Band

Broadway: Cats, A Chorus Line

Orchestra: Beverly Hills Symphony, Inland Empire Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Valley Symphony

CD and Phonograph: Maranatha Music, Ron Kenoly, Alvin Slaughter, Ron, the Donut Man series, Bible Memorization series, Disney's Cinderella reissue and Fantasmic soundtrack, The Continental Singers, Promise Keepers, Bryan Duncan, Stephen Amerson, Don Marsh, David Clydesdale, Phil Driscoll, Dave Boyer, Ralph Carmichael Big Band, California Brass Ensemble, Sandi Patti, Kathy Troccoli, Monarch Jazz, Salute To Duke Ellington

Commercial advertisement music: Mercedes Benz, Anheuser Bush, American Airlines, Walmart, British Petroleum, Mattel, NBC

Film and television music: The Mighty Ducks, Newsies, Hocus Pocus, The X Files, McGee and Me children series, Odyssey children series

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Assistant Professor of Music, Azusa Pacific University, 2000-present

Studio Trombone Instructor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1995-1999

Studio Trombone Instructor, Azusa Pacific University, 1994-1999

Studio Trombone Instructor, California State University, San Bernardino, 1994-1999

Part-time music faculty, Citrus Community College, 1980-1982, 1992-present

Industry Experience
Co-creator and co-director, Battle Of The Big Bands, Azusa Pacific University, Citrus Community College

Co-developer and leader, Southern California Brass Ensemble educational program, 1988-2000.

Music copyist: Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers Animation, Disney Studios, Fantasia 2000, End Of Days, Armaggedon, Con Air, The Mask, Batman, Annie, Cinderella, Inspector Gadget, Inspector Gadget II, Pearl Harbor, Enemy Of The State, Bringing Down The House, The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Emperor's New Groove, Chicken Little, The Island, King Arthur, Home On The Range, Princess Diaries, Casanova, Sky High

Music editor: Tinsel Town

Music supervisor: A Vow To Cherish, 1999

Organizer and producer, Citrus College Jazz Festivals, 1993-1998

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Special recognition in graduate studies from California State University, Los Angeles for 4.0 grade-point average, 1999

Member, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Kappa Lambda academic honors societies, 1978

Special recognition in Economics, Music Theory, and Music Performance from Citrus Community College, 1974

Associations, Boards, Committees
Founder and member of Slideworks Trombone Quartet, 1994-present

Member of the Sherman Hemsley band, 1989-1991

Member of The California Brass Ensemble, 1985-present

Member of the Southern California Early Music Consort, 1985-1995