Denson Paul Pollard

College Division

College Division: 

  • Bass Trombone

Pre-College Division

Pre-College Division: 

  • Trombone

Contact Information

Contact Information

Bass/tenor trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2007; bass trombonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, 2001-07. Has played with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has been a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, West Point Military Academy Band, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts Wind Ensemble, Jacksonville State U. Wind Ensemble, U. of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, Des Moines Community Orchestra, and numerous community bands across Iowa. Has appeared in solo recitals around the world and was a featured solo artist at the 2008 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C., and at the 2009 Asia Trombone Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. Recently featured as a soloist with the U.S. Army Band at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop. Has taught at U. of Northern Iowa, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist U., and Hong Kong Chinese U. Current faculty, Mannes College the New School for Music and during the summers, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Degrees and Studies

B.S. in music education, Jacksonville (Ala.) State University; M.M.A. and D.M.A. in performance and pedagogy, University of Iowa. Studies with Jim Roberts, David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon, and Joseph Alessi.

The Juilliard School

Faculty since 2012. Gordon Henderson Pre-College Trombone Faculty since 2016.