David Loucky, Professor of Trombone and Euphonium and Coordinator of Brass Studies, is widely known as a low brass specialist. A faculty member at MTSU since 1989, he also performed for two seasons as Assistant Principal Trombonist with the St. Louis Symphony. With the St. Louis and Nashville Symphonies, Loucky has toured 6 European countries, performed 8 times in Carnegie Hall, recorded numerous CDs and played in all the low brass chairs. He has performed and taught at several International Trombone Festivals, International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts (www.gsfta.com). He has performed or recorded with Ben Folds, Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, Gladys Knight, Trey Anastasio, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Stones River Chamber Players, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the MTSU Faculty Brass Quintet and many others.
Loucky earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, a Master of Music from Yale School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He had additional studies in Cologne, Germany and Vienna, Austria in both classical and jazz traditions. His principal teachers include John Swallow (New York Brass Quintet and NYC Ballet), Ronald Borror (American Brass Quintet and NYC Ballet), Bill Harris (Syracuse Symphony), Jiggs Whigham (West German Radio Big Band), Horst Küblböck (Vienna Symphony) and Eric Kleinschuster (Austrian Radio Big Band).
Loucky performs on a period 19th century ophicleide, the predecessor of the tuba and euphonium. He engages in the research of repertoire for this instrument and collaborates with composers who are interested in writing new works for it.