David Bubsey

David Bobsey


Adjunct Professor of Music

Office: Mathes Hall 105


Phone: 423-439-4779


Applied Trombone

History of Jazz


Dr. David Bubsey received his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Kentucky in May of 2013. He holds a M.M. degree in Trombone Performance from Butler University (1980), and a B.M.E. degree from The Ohio State University (1975).  He is presently principal trombonist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs as a free lance musician in the region.  His prior performance experiences include principal trombonist of the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra (1999-2003) – now the Symphony of the Mountains, and The United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. (1981-1989).  As a member of the premier United States Army Field Band he was associate principal trombonist of the concert band and the trombonist with the brass quintet.  He also was a sub with the U.S. Army’s Jazz Ambassadors. 

In 2001, he was named to the faculty at East Tennessee State University where his duties include applied trombone, trombone choir, and the history of jazz.  He has also recently proposed a new music course for the ETSU curriculum entitled History of African-American Music.  His extensive public school teaching experience includes Greene County Schools, TN (1991-2000) and Greeneville City Schools, TN (2000-2001). His scholarly interests include the music of the 20th-Century, particularly the life and works of Luciano Berio.  His dissertation in progress is entitled “Luciano Berio: The American Decade.”  Often he has been called upon by publishers of music textbooks to review proposed new educational materials, and in 2009 he was a contributor to Jazz by Giddins and Deveaux published by W.W. Norton, Inc.  His most recent publication is the article “Berio in America,” in the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition.

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