Mark Davidson began playing the trombone at age 11 within the Plano, Texas school district music programs before attending the University of North Texas, where he received his Bachelor’s of Music Education in 2006. During his studies, Mark was a student of Jan Kagarice and Tony Baker, and received the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award while studying at UNT. After graduation, he went on to attend The Juilliard School and studied with Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. During this time, Mark also attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and was the winner of the International Trombone Association’s Lewis Van Haney Tenor Trombone Competition.
After his training at The Juilliard School, Mark held posts with the San Antonio Symphony as 2nd Trombonist, the Cincinnati Symphony as acting 2nd trombonist, and the Baltimore Symphony as Acting Principal Trombonist. In addition, Mark has been a finalist for many of the leading orchestra’s around the country including the Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mark was appointed Principal Trombone of the Utah Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Thierry Fischer in 2015, after previously been appointed as Associate Principal/ 2nd Trombone of the USO in 2013.
Mark also currently serves on the faculty at the University of Utah as Lecturer of Trombone and is sponsored by the S.E. Shires Company who promotes him as one of their artists. In 2018, Mark was humbled to be chosen as soloist with the United States “Pershing’s Own” Army Orchestra for the American Trombone Workshop. In 2019, the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble released “Fiestas” which features Mark with his alma mater performing “Red Sky” by Anthony Barfield under the Mark Records label.
With a strong passion for the advancement of music education and music performance in Utah, Mark founded the Mountain West Trombone Workshop in 2015, an annual event that brings brass players from around the country to Utah with the mission of engaging, transforming and inspiring musicians of all ages. In addition, Mark has presented master classes and recitals at schools such as the Peabody Institute of Music, Shepherd School of Music, New York University, and Temple University and has served as a faculty member with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy.
Aside from his passion for music, Mark is an avid road cyclist and has the lofty goal of completing the most enduring cycling event in each state which includes adventures such as The Lotoja Classic and The Triple Bypass. In addition to enjoying Utah’s beautiful outdoor landscapes by skiing, backpacking, and camping, Mark can be found brewing kombucha at his home, and adding to his latest interest of collecting select wine from around the world.