David Spencer

Professor of Trumpet

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David Spencer


  • D.M.A., Doctor of Musical Arts, University of North Texas, 2002
  • M.M., Master of Music, University of North Texas, 1993
  • B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Florida State University, 1986
  • Certificate in Performance, Florida State University, 1986


David Spencer, Associate Professor (B.M. - Florida State University; M.M., D.M.A. - University of North Texas), enjoys a diverse professional career in orchestral, chamber music, and jazz/commercial idioms worldwide. Dr. Spencer has appeared on numerous classical, film, and popular music recordings in Korea, Japan, and the United States. He has served as principal trumpet with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and the Sinfonica de Asturias in Spain, which included concert and television performances with tenor Luciano Pavarotti. As a jazz musician, Dr. Spencer has performed with numerous jazz artists, including Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, James Moody, and Marvin Stamm. While at the University of North Texas, he was a member of the Grammy-winning One O'clock Lab Band. Equally active as a clinician, he has presented master classes in New York, Dallas, Cleveland, Istanbul, Scotland, Italy, and Asia. In addition to trumpet performance, Dr. Spencer also specializes in conducting and repertoire, having studied with Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, Dennis Fischer, and Eddie Smith. David Spencer serves on the board of directors for the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and was recently named Employment Editor for the International Trumpet Guild. He joined the faculty of the University of Memphis in 1993.