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David Binder joins DSO as Second Trombone

David Binder joined us in September of 2015 on Second Trombone.  He is joining the orchestra after three seasons as Co-Principal Trombone of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra in Helsinki, Finland.He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and as guest Principal Trombone with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in concerts and on recordings.  David was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his Bachelor of Music with Brass Department Honors from Northwestern University, studying with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and DSO Bass Trombonist Randall Hawes.


His studies with Randy Hawes played a large part in his desire to join the DSO. “When I saw the announcement for the DSO audition, I knew I had to come back for that one because of my relationship with Randy, familiarity with the Midwest and proximity to my hometown of Chicago, and because of the great reputation of the orchestra,” said David. “The schedule at my previous job along with the long travel times back to North America prevented me from participating in many enticing auditions. For auditions between September and May, I really had to choose only one out of the handful happening across the US to make the trip back.  As luck would have it, the audition occurred in February during the winter break week of my previous orchestra, so it was a perfect opportunity!”

David’s family members were not musical themselves, but always supportive of David’s endeavours as a young musician.  When asked what instrument he would play if trombone was no longer an option, he said, “I’d play the instrument I first chose when I was in 5th grade, the alto saxophone! At that time, I had just heard Cannonball Adderley and fell in love with that sound. I wanted to play alto sax, but my school required sax students to start on clarinet for one year, which somehow didn’t interest me. Trombone was my second choice.”  David is also an enthusiastic bluegrass and folk music fan, who enjoys playing the banjo in his spare time.

David is an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoys playing racquetball and softball.

David and his musical hero, Bela Fleck, at the 2012 North Sea Jazz Fest in Rotterdam