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Aaron LaVere and David Perkel Join University of Maryland School of Music Trombone Faculty

Tue, May 02, 2017


College Park, Md.— The University of Maryland School of Music is pleased to announce that Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Trombone Aaron LaVere and David Perkel of the United States Navy Band “Commodores” will join the trombone faculty in August of 2017.

About Aaron LaVere

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra named Michigan native Aaron LaVere principal trombone in 2014. Mr. LaVere’s former post was as principal trombone of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Other previous positions include guest principal trombone with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and principal trombone with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. LaVere has worked with the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Jarvi, the San Antonio Symphony under Christopher Wilkins, the Kalamazoo Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ann Arbor Symphony, and the Flint Symphony.

A frequent soloist, Mr. LaVere has appeared throughout the Midwest, performing the Grondahl Concerto, the David Concerto, and the Jacob Concerto. As a chamber musician, LaVere has performed with the Detroit Chamber Winds, the Detroit Symphony Brass Quintet, the Michigan Chamber Brass, and the New World Brass Quintet.

Mr. LaVere has also taught at many summer festival including Interlochen, Marrowstone, Las Vegas Music festival, and Brass at Walaowa Lake. Currently, LaVere also holds an adjunct position at Johns Hopkins' Peabody Institute.

Mr. LaVere holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from University of Michigan where he studied with H. Dennis Smith.


About David Perkel

David Perkel is a versatile orchestral and jazz artist. He was the Second Trombonist of the Richmond (VA) Symphony for five years and has performed with many other orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, National Philharmonic, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and the National Gallery Orchestra. Additionally, in 1999, he was appointed principal trombone in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured as a soloist in the ASO several times, including "Overture for Trombone and Strings" by Alan Hovhaness and the 2nd movement of Jim Pugh’s “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.”

As a jazz musician, Perkel has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz luminaries including Chris Potter, Steve Turre, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Schuur, the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, the United States Air Force Airmen of Note, Afro Bop Alliance, Steve Williams and Jazz Nation, Jane Monheit, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Jim Pugh, the famed University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band and New York Voices. Since 2002, he has been the lead trombonist and soloist for the Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble.

An active educator, Dr. Perkel is the adjunct professor of trombone at both Towson University and George Washington University. He is also the adjunct professor of jazz trombone at the University of Maryland, College Park. Additionally, he spent five years as an artist-in-residence at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. Perkel is a sought-after clinician, having given master classes across the United States. Dr. Perkel is an Edwards Artist and plays Edwards trombones and Griego mouthpieces exclusively.