David F. Wilborn

Associate Professor

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  • Performance Studies


Conductor, composer, and trombonist David Wilborn currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is the author of numerous articles focusing on music education and low brass pedagogy. As a composer, his music compositions are performed and professionally recorded nationally and internationally. He is especially well known for his original compositions for low brass instruments. As a clinician and trombone soloist, Wilborn has presented sessions and performances at conference venues throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe.

Wilborn is the composer of several award-winning works for brass instruments. His “Excursions for Six Trombones” was selected as the winner of the 2003 Allen E. Ostrander Trombone Choir Composition Prize; his brass quintet entitled “Escapades” was selected as one of the winning compositions at the Appalachian State 2004 Brass Chamber Music Festival Composition Contest, and his “Three Movements for Brass Sextet” won second place at the 2005 Humboldt Composition Contest for Brass Chamber Music. In February 2008, Wilborn performed the solo bass trombone part in the New York premiere of his “Concertante Caprice” with the Texas A&M University Wind Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Rorianne Schrade, a music critic for the New York Concert Review, praised the work for its “freshness and excitement.”

Wilborn graduated from the University of Texas and the Eastman School of Music. He studied trombone with Donald Knaub and John Marcellus. He also studied composition with Donald Grantham. He has performed with the Austin Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Roswell Symphony, and the Texas Chamber Orchestra. He is an artist and clinician for Edwards Trombone instruments

Wilborn’s professional affiliations include the International Trombone Association, College Music Society, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Music Teacher’s National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Teacher’s Association, American Society of Composers Authors, and Publishers, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonians, Phi Beta Mu National Bandmaster’s Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.



The University of Texas at Austin


The Eastman School of Music, The University of Rochester


The University of Texas at Austin

Scholarly Interests

Writing music compositions