Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, David Perkel was hailed by The Baltimore Sun: “...it was beautifully realized, especially by the trombonist who tapped into the mysticism of the score with soulful, sustained tone and graceful phrasing.” The National Society of Arts and Letters wrote “...the piece’s novelty was a pair of melodious solos for trombone, handled with gorgeous sonority by principal trombonist David Perkel.” All About Jazz wrote “...mention must be made of lead trombonist David Perkel’s lustrous tone on the cozy ‘If the Shoe Fits.’”
Perkel is a versatile orchestral and jazz artist. He was the Second Trombonist of the Richmond (VA) Symphony for five years and has performed with many other orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, National Philharmonic, Virginia Chamber Orchestra and the National Gallery Orchestra. Additionally, in 1999, he was appointed principal trombone in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO). He has been featured as a soloist in the ASO several times, including "Overture for Trombone and Strings" by Alan Hovhaness and the second movement of Jim Pugh’s “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.”
As a jazz musician, Perkel has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz luminaries including Chris Potter, Steve Turre, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Schuur, the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, the United States Air Force Airmen of Note, Afro Bop Alliance, Steve Williams and Jazz Nation, Jane Monheit, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Jim Pugh, the famed University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band and New York Voices. Since 2002, he has been the lead trombonist and soloist for the Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble.
Perkel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America.
An active educator, Dr. Perkel is professor of trombone and euphonium at Towson University and professor of trombone at George Washington University. Previously, he was the low brass professor at Frostburg State University, and spent five years as an artist-in-residence at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. Perkel is also a sought-after clinician, having given master classes across the United States, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, Midwest Clinic, University of Delaware, Tennessee Tech University, Eastern Trombone Workshop, and Towson University. Dr. Perkel is an Edwards Artist and plays Edwards trombones and Griego mouthpieces exclusively.