Featured Artists

There’s something for everyone this year! We listened to last year’s feedback and have taken care to select a balanced group of trombonists representing classical, jazz, music education, and styles in between. Click on the names or links below to learn more about each of our guest artists.

Trombonist Michael Davis

Photo: ©Julieta Cervantes

Featured Artist Michael Davis :: Trombonist/composer Michael Davis has enjoyed a diverse and acclaimed career over the past three decades. Widely known as the trombonist for the Rolling Stones since 1994, he toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra from 1988 to 1994, released 9 solo CDs, composed over 150 works, authored 10 books and appeared on over  500 CDs and motion picture soundtracks. He is the founder, creator and president of Hip-Bone Music, Inc.  In 2011, the S.E. Shires Company released the  Michael Davis trombone.

Born to a musical family in San Francisco, CA on August 13th, 1961, Michael’s early musical studies included the piano, drums, tuba, baritone horn and electric bass. Settling on the trombone in high school, he quickly found his stride and received principal chairs in many all-state honor groups. His collegiate career commenced at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in the fall of 1979.

In the spring of 1983, Davis received the break he had hoped for when the Buddy Rich Band called and asked him to sign on. His two-year stint with the band forged musical and personal friendships that continue to this day and presented him with “the best graduate degree anyone could possibly hope for.” Michael’s freelance career in New York City began in earnest in 1986 and before long he was one of the top trombonists around. As testimony to his versatility and wide regard, the list of jazz and pop luminaries he has worked with includes: Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Jay Z, Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Beck, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Bob Mintzer, Paul Simon, David Sanborn, Terence Blanchard and scores of others.


Reginald Chapman :: Hailing from Williamsburg, Virginia, Reggie earned his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Music Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University under the direction of Ross Walter and Rex Richardson. While completing his Master’s degree in Jazz Bass Trombone Performance with Jim Pugh at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Reggie was a member of UIUC’s award-winning Jazz Trombone Ensemble. Reggie is currently on a break from pursuing his Doctoral degree in Jazz Performance at the U of I. Presently residing in Richmond Virginia, Reggie performs with “No BS Brass” and is an adjunct professor in the Jazz Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. ::

Watch Reggie lead off with a blazing solo with NoBS Brass!

Mr. Jefferson's Bones phographned on 8/19/15. Photo copyright Pat Jarrett, all rights reserved.

Photo © 2015 Pat Jarrett

Festival co-Host Mr. Jefferson’s Bones :: Central Virginia’s Premier Trombone Ensemble :: Mr. Jefferson’s Bones has entertained thousands since its inception in 2001. The ensemble is comprised of some of the Shenandoah Valley’s most experienced and talented trombonists and enjoys performing a wide variety of classical, sacred, popular and jazz repertoire. :: READ MJB’S BIO ::


Festival co-Host The JMU Trombone Choir :: Directed by Dr. Andrew Lankford :: The JMU Trombone Choir serves as  an extension of the trombone studio and is made up of  graduate and undergraduate trombonists. :: READ THE CHOIR’S BIO ::
Kevin ChiarizzioLiberty University brass and music education professor, Kevin Chiarizzio, will join us for a performance of Concerto Borealis— a contemporary work for trombone and piano from Danish composer, Soren Hyldgaard.