David Washburn, M.M.

Applied Instructor, Trumpet
Phone: (626) 815-3848
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David Washburn, M.M., is a Yamaha Performing Artist and the principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A much-sought-after musician in Los Angeles, he also holds the position of associate principal trumpet of the L.A. Opera Orchestra and has served as principal trumpet and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Active in recording studios, Washburn has numerous motion picture soundtracks to his credit. He played principal trumpet for 10 Cloverfield Lane, Independence Day: Resurgence, Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man, Karate Kid, Avatar, The Legend of Zorro, Troy, A Beautiful Mind, Windtalkers, The Perfect Storm, Titanic, and Deep Impact. He has also been a part of the John Williams Trumpet Section for more than 20 years, including on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Washburn is a faculty member at Biola University; University of California, Irvine; and Azusa Pacific, and has held teaching positions at Chapman University; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Long Beach; Redlands University; Idyllwild School of the Performing Arts; and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

He received a Master of Music, with distinction, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a Bachelor of Music from the Thornton Music School at the University of Southern California. His trumpet instructors have included Rob Roy McGregor, Robert Nagel, John Clyman, and Joan LaRue. David has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Los Angeles, St. Louis, Knox-Galesburg, Hong Kong, and California philharmonics; the Los Angeles, San Diego, and South Bay chamber orchestras; the Berkeley, Burbank, and Glendale symphonies; the New York String, University of California, Irvine, and Pasadena Pops orchestras; the New York Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center; and the Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Music @ Menlo chamber music festivals. When he is not performing, his favorite pastime is boating with his children, Timothy, Samantha, Nicholas, and Julia.


  • M.M., New England Conservatory
  • B.M., University of Southern California

Academic Area

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)


  • Baroque Performance Practice
  • Brass Pedagogy
  • Trumpet Performance