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Trumpeter/Composer Dave Ballou is a Professor of Music at Towson University in Towson, MD. He is director of the Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency and created the innovative Free Improvisation ensemble.
Ballou maintains a busy performance and recording schedule. He has released ten recordings under his own name including his most recent set of solo improvisations on the Clean feed label titled, Solo Trumpet. He appears on over 90 recordings as a sideman. Ballou has performed with Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Michael Formanek, Andrew Hill, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Gunther Schuller, Dave Liebman, Dewey Redman, Maria Schneider, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd and Steely Dan among others. He was an orchestra member for the 2001 Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd St.
Ballou is an active composer, creating works for primarily improvising musicians in various formats. His compositions have been performed and recorded by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Trumpeter Jon Nelson, French hornist Adam Unsworth and the TILT Brass Ensemble.
Ballou earned a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from Berklee College of Music in 1986 and a Master of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. He is a faculty member of the Litchfield Jazz Camp and presents workshops and clinics around the country on improvisation, composition and trumpet performance.