David Beatty, MM, MBA


Chair, Department of Commercial Music; Director, Jazz Ensemble

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3580

Alternative Phone: (626) 812-3020

Fax: (626) 969-7419

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Warren Music Center, Room 229

David Beatty, MM, MBA, has been a professional musician in Los Angeles since 1978. As a studio trombonist, his performance credits include music for motion pictures, television, commercials & artist recordings. His playing can be heard on many records for companies such as Disney, Integrity’s Hosanna Music, Maranatha Music, and for artists such as Sandi Patti, Andrae Crouch, & Ralph Carmichael. He has performed with several symphony orchestras in Southern California, as well as for many musical theatrical productions. He is a founding member of the California Brass Ensemble. His jazz experience ranges from the Wildlife West Big Band of Bill Watrous & Dove Award-winning Ralph Carmichael Big Band to global tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition to his performance credits, he is a music copyist, with hundreds of motion picture & television projects to his credit. His credits as a music educator include co-creating the Southern California Brass Ensemble Educational Program with The Orange County Philharmonic Society’s “Meet the Musicians” program & he has been invited to teach & perform at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China. He currently serves on the administrative board for California Alliance for Jazz, faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Academy & is in demand as a clinician & festival adjudicator. At APU he is the Chair of the Commercial Music Department & directs the award-winning Azusa Pacific University Jazz Ensemble.


  • Executive MBA (Leadership Emphasis), Claremont Graduate University, 2015
  • MM, Commercial Music (Performance Emphasis), California State University, Los Angeles, 1999
  • BM, Performance, California State University, Northridge, 1978
  • AA, Citrus Community College

Academic Area

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)


  • Commercial Music
  • Music Business
  • Trombone/Bass Trombone/Euphonium
  • Jazz Music

Courses Taught

  • MUS 120 - Music Fundamentals
  • MUS 121 - Music Theory I
  • MUS 296 - Introduction to Music Technology
  • MUS 322 - Score Preparation
  • MUS 324 - Songwriting
  • MUS 337 - Music Business I
  • MUS 338 - Music Business II
  • MUS 350 - History & Literature of Commercial Music
  • MUS 383 - Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 474 - Music Career Development