David Pearce :: Trombonist • Teacher • Musical Director

Born and raised in Nottingham, David began playing the trombone at the age of 11. His inspiration to take up the instrument came after listening to the music of legendary bandleader, Glenn Miller. Attending the local sixth-form college he received tuition from the highly acclaimed and respected brass teacher, Doug Wilkie. David was fortunate to play regularly for many of the local orchestras and big bands, and was principal trombone for the Nottingham Youth Orchestra and lead trombone for the Tony Farrell Big Band from 1999 to 2001.

In 2002 David began a four year undergraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with some of the finest trombonists in the country; Chris Houlding, Robert Holiday and in his final year, Adrian Morris. During his first year he was awarded the prestigious "Stan Barker Memorial Prize" for jazz improvisation and playing in the RNCM Big Band. While studying at the RNCM he had the opportunity of playing in a variety of the college ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Brass Ensemble and the RNCM Big Band under the direction of saxophonist Mike Hall. In the RNCM Big Band David had the privilege of working beside Jiggs Whigham, Don Lusher, Steve Waterman, John Warren, Anita Wardell, Andy Sheppard, Tina May, Matthew Herbert, Peter Wraight, Julien Joseph, Bob Mintzer and John Wilson.

David entered the RNCM as a tenor trombonist and during his second year he was approached by Chris Houlding and was asked if he would consider studying bass trombone as well as tenor trombone. David jumped at the chance and for the remainder of his time at college, studied bass trombone with Adrian Morris - bass trombonist with the Hallé Orchestra. He also studied tenor and bass sackbut with early music specialists Sue Addison at the RNCM and Jean-Jacques Herbin at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris.

After graduating with a BMus (Hons) degree in 2006, David has enjoyed a varied career to date. He can often be seen playing with various big bands around the country, and is the bass trombonist for the Nick Ross Orchestra currently on tour with "The Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era". He is also second trombone with the John Miller Orchestra and the world's finest ensemble for Ballroom Dancing; the Empress Orchestra - directed by Ashley Frohlick. With the Empress Orchestra David has toured Italy, Russia, Singapore and Shanghai, China.

David has had the pleasure of working with the Andy Prior Big Band, Glenn Miller Orchestra UK (Directed by Ray McVay), the Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra, Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, Squadronaires Dance Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Tribute Orchestra, Kings of Swing Orchestra, Swing Shift Big Band, Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band, Stephen Triffitt and his "Sinatra Live at the Sands Concert", Jeff Hooper and his Swing Easy Big Band, the Tony Jacobs - Sue Greenway Big Band, the Andy McKay Orchestra, and the French Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra - participating in the January tour of France in 2008 and 2018.

David has worked with various West End actors and singers including: Louis Hoover, Chris Mann, Allie Laurie, Nigel Casey, Mark Halliday and Alonzo Saunders with The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas show, touring not only the UK but also Stuttgart and Hannover. He has also played trombone on several dates during the Back to Bacharach show tour and has recorded with comedy actor and musician Graham Fellows (aka John Shuttleworth) in 2018.

On the 'orchestral side of life' David has played for the Hallé Orchestra, the London Pro-Arte and is regularly called upon to play for orchestras all around Europe. Notable performances include playing bass sackbut for Forum Sinfonietta in the south of France in Mozart's "Requiem". His highlights also include playing in the Opéra Comique, the Salle Pleyel and the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, for numerous performances of French orchestral repertoire, operas and operettas with Orchestre Ostinato as principal bass trombonist under the direction of highly acclaimed conductor, Jean-Luc Tingaud.

David is also Musical Director of his own big band - The Dave Pearce Orchestra - that he formed in 2004, and Musical Director of the Louth Wind Orchestra.

In his spare time, David has a keen interest in building and designing websites for musicians. David has designed a few websites for his colleagues and friends - you can view them by visiting the links page. In addition to this, he also has an avid interest in photography.


David appears on the following recordings:

Nick Ross Orchestra: "My Favourite Things" (2008) and "Jeepers Creepers" (2011)
Empress Orchestra: "With You in Mind" (2016)
Graham Fellows: "Weird Town" (2018)
Nick Ross Orchestra: "Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era" (2020)


"I have known young Pearce since he was a lad. In an amazingly short time he has reached a high professional standard. How high I hear you ask? High enough that I gladly pay for his services in the John Miller Orchestra. He even joins the trombone jazz rat race in our version of the ' 2 O'Clock Jump ' on Bass Bone. No mean feat. See you David, keep it up."
- John Miller - Musical Director of the John Miller Orchestra

"David is a very versatile musician and talented trombonist - he owns my respect and admiration for this."
- Marianne Devos - Violinist with the Broadway Production of "The Lion King", Paris

"I have had the pleasure to work with David on many occasions. It has been a great joy to see him progress from being a very enthusiastic and passionate musician at music college to being a driven, hard working and knowledgeable professional musician. His skills on the trombone are clear and obvious to anyone that has the pleasure of listening to him but his understanding of music is what makes him stand out from the crowd. David, congratulations on your great site and I wish you every success."
- Jim Bulger - Freelance Trumpeter

"David, congratulations with your new website. I am impressed with the look of it and it shows your artistic style perfectly...Keep sliding my friend."
- Ben Van-Dijk - Soloist and bass trombonist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic

"David Pearce is a highly professional, motivated and talented trombonist. He is knowledgeable with an extensive repertoire, loves his music and it shows through! David is easy to work with and is certainly one musician I would recommend highly to anyone."
- Wes Peile - Sound in Focus

"I have worked with this guy - he is good! See you sometime!"
- John Brennan - big band vocalist

"Having taught David at the RNCM I have always taken an interest in his career and with this extremely resourceful website it is clear that he continues to be a motivated and versatile all round musician."
- Chris Houlding - trombonist, conductor and tutor of trombone

"From an early age David has shown great commitment and focus. He has worked hard to realise his undoubted potential as his present position shows. Keep it up David...it always needs working at but it's real job satisfaction!"
- Doug Wilkie - past tutor of David Pearce

"During the performance of 'Tuxedo Junction' the Nick Ross Orchestra's four trombones played in and around the theatre, and for a minute or so David Pearce gave me a personal 'serenade'. I will long remember his kindness and the superb musicianship of the NRO."
- Mr M T Keene - after a Nick Ross Orchestra concert at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 2010

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